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Market (in)access for Canadian oil: lessons for other resource sectors?

By Monica Gattinger      

A company can do everything right and still see a project fail. Why? Because governments need to do everything right as well.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, pictured speaking to reporters after a Canadian Club of Ottawa speech at the Chateau Laurier on Nov. 28, has taken the rare step of imposing production cuts and pledging to buy rail cars to buoy the battered oil industry in her province. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The government of Alberta’s decision to impose production cuts in the oilsands in an effort to buoy prices is the latest surreal twist in the saga that has become the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Getting Canadian oil to international markets beyond the United States has proven frustratingly elusive for producers.

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