Energy Minister Sonya Savage with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
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Attacking Albertans not the answerRe: It’s about time for Alberta to grow up, Letter, June 24I was somewhat shocked by the letter writer from rural Ontario who suggested Alberta should accept the fact the fossil fuel industry is dead and we should grow up and diversify our economy. Is this person so naive that he does not understand that the main driver of the Ontario economy for the last 50 years has been the automotive business, you know, the same one that burns fossil fuels? Does he also not realize that the diversity he talks of in Ontario has been eroding over the last 50 years, and without the automotive industry the province would be in really bad shape?I recently purchased a new car and felt good to know it was built in Ontario. I try to support my fellow Canadians wherever I can, regardless of which province they come from. I like it when I see ‘Made in Canada’ on the labelling, and wish there was more. I hate it when I see people in other provinces being critical of what we do in Alberta, particularly if they are elected officials. Perhaps it is them who need to grow up, and accept that we’re all in this together.R. Davis, Calgary Profits today lead to new technology for tomorrowHave I got this right … no sales tax, low income tax and the desire to sell our natural resources on the world market are valid reasons to resent Alberta? Fair enough Michael Blythe. You may want to expand your research to more than Facebook and see that we are trying to get “Canadian” oil, in Alberta, to market so that besides employment gains, R+D funds availability, and most visibly, provincial transfer payments can be achieved. These benefit Canada (and that includes Ontario).Spoiled children my butt. Canada is a natural resource nation. To develop sustainable energy resources for the future requires money today. Where do you think this funding is going to come from? We are not spoiled, but we are getting tired of the whining from those that benefit from our so-called fossil fuel lottery win. How are the auto and aerospace industries doing?Don Chudzy, Calgary Western hospitality appreciatedI have just spent two weeks in southwest Alberta researching the life of my grandfather who was a cowboy and journalist in the area from 1893-97. I would like to thank the members of three current ranching families in Jumping Pound — the Copithornes, Batemans and Sibbalds — and the Glenbow Museum, who did so much to help me with my research. Without them I would not have been able to piece together the missing elements of the book I am writing about Stanley B James. I experienced Alberta hospitality at its best.My grandfather was, in fact, the “Calgary Herald” correspondent for Jumping Pound and was taken on to the editorial staff of the paper by the then editor, J.J. Young in 1897.I shall never forget all that the people of Cochrane and Jumping Pound did for me.Robert Nurden, London, England