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Premier Notley’s challenge: take Alberta to its next stage of development, including a more sustainable energy industry

There are two big factors working against the oil sands that will curb future growth. One is economic, with the dramatic fall in oil prices making investment in new oil sands plants less attractive. The other is the urgent need to address climate change much more aggressively, which also puts future oil sands investments at risk.

The election of an NDP government in Alberta under Premier Rachel Notley, could mark an important turning point in the province’s economy and in the broader social and political environment, just as the election of a Progressive Conservative government led by Peter Lougheed did in 1971. Lougheed brought fresh energy, vision and commitment to the job, defeating a Social Credit government that had been in office since 1935. But Lougheed’s six Conservative successors following his retirement were an

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