Lunch with speaker Gillian Steward on Betting on Bitumen: Alberta’s Energy Policies from Lougheed to Klein

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Lunch with speaker Gillian Steward on Betting on Bitumen: Alberta’s Energy Policies from Lougheed to Klein

Steward’s presentation focuses on the contrasting oil sands policies of Premiers Lougheed and Klein, two of Alberta’s most popular premiers and key to oil sands development in the province. Even though they were both Progressive Conservatives, each premier had very different ideas of how much control the petroleum industry should have when it came to development of Alberta’s bitumen reserves. By examining the distinct policies of these two PC premiers it also becomes clear that Rachel Notley’s NDP government leans more to the Lougheed model than the Klein model.

Gillian Steward is a Calgary-based author and journalist. She currently writes a regular column for the Toronto Star and teaches journalism at Mount Royal University. She was the managing editor at the Calgary Herald from 1987 to 1990, and was the publisher/editor of Alberta Viewsmagazine in 2006/07. In 2014 Ms. Steward completed a PhD in Communication Studies at the University of Calgary.

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