Alberta, for many decades, has been seen as the energy powerhouse of Canada, providing well-paid jobs to many Canadians and being a significant contributor to the federal coffers. And now, the West is seen as the country’s “bad boys” who ruin our reputation as a responsible global player by disregarding the climate emergency. The real dilemma for Albertans is a matter of identity. First loved and now reviled by many, both within Canada and without—this is difficult for the West to swallow.
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