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Energy and Natural Resources


This research area covers policies pertaining to Canada’s energy and other natural resources and that concern Canada’s ability to exploit this source of comparative advantage.  These may include issues related to regulatory processes, the environment, taxation, skills, and infrastructure affecting energy and resources activities.

Speed Bump Ahead: Ottawa Should Drive Slowly on Clean Fuel Standards
July 19, 2018 - Benjamin Dachis
Ottawa should clear up confusion about its plans for clean fuel standards, according to a new report by the C.D. Howe Institute.  In “Speed Bump Ahead: Ottawa Should Drive Slowly on Clean Fuel...
Death by a Thousand Cuts? Western Canada’s Oil and Natural Gas Policy Competitiveness Scorecard
February 1, 2018 - Benjamin Dachis
Government policies are piling on to reduce the competitiveness of energy producers in Western Canada, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In the first edition of the annual...
All’s Well that Ends Well: Addressing End-of-Life Liabilities for Oil and Gas Wells
September 28, 2017 - Benjamin Dachis, Blake Shaffer and Vincent Thivierge
If Alberta doesn’t change how it requires companies to finance their own oil and gas well cleanup costs, the energy industry and, ultimately, taxpayers in Alberta face cleanup costs of up to $8...
Ontario’s Green Energy Experience: Sobering Lessons for Sustainable Climate Change Policies
August 15, 2017 - Michael J. Trebilcock
After eight years, Ontario’s green energy policies have yielded moderate environmental gains while drastically increasing energy prices, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Ontario’s...
Adding More Juice: How Private Investors can Improve the Performance of Provincial Power Assets
June 27, 2017 - Steven Robins
Consumers would likely enjoy lower power bills if provincial governments welcomed more private investment in electricity utilities, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Adding...
How to Restore Public Trust and Credibility at the National Energy Board
May 16, 2017 - Lesley Matthews
The federal government should restore the independence of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decisionmaking authority for pipeline applications, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute...
Grant Bishop - Let’s rethink Bill C-69
Intelligence Memos
From: Grant Bishop To: The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada Date: September 24, 2018 Re: Let’s rethink Bill C-69 Backlash has surged to the proposed revisions...
Andrew Roman - Appealing the Trans Mountain Decision
Intelligence Memos
From: Andrew Roman To:  The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources. Date: September 20, 2018 Re:...
Grant Bishop - TransMountain: It Can Still Fly
Intelligence Memos
To: The Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice. From: Grant Bishop Date: August 31, 2018 Re: Moving forward on TransMountain Yesterday’s...
17 Sep 2018
  • Alberta’s Energy Future: Building a Diversified and Resilient Energy Economy
Roundtable Luncheon with Ian MacGregor, Jeanette Patell, Geoffrey Trickett and Kelsen Vallee
Monday, September 17, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
24 May 2018
  • Advancing Alberta's Infrastructure Agenda
Roundtable Luncheon with Honourable Sandra Jansen, Ben Hawkins, Shannon Flint and James Pasieka
Calgary, Suite 4000, 421 7th Avenue SW
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
07 May 2018
  • Alberta Budget 2018: Economic and Fiscal Outlook
Roundtable Luncheon with Lorna Rosen, Deputy Minister, Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
Calgary, Suite 4000, 421 7th Avenue SW
Monday, May 7, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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