SaskEnergy announced today that they are seeking approval for a 41 per cent rate increase for natural gas. According to Pat Atkinson (right), the NDP minister responsible for SaskEnergy, the massive increase isn't about increased demand for energy or the world price of oil, it's all about Grant Devine (for those who don't remember, Devine was the disastrous premier of Saskatchewan in the 1980s).
According to Atkinson, we can blame the high price of natural gas on the fact that Devine sold off natural gas fields in the1980s. She claims that if it weren't for that, we would be like the City of Medine Hat and own our own gas and everything would be great.
A few facts elude Atkinson. Grant Devine sold off gas fields back when oil companies were flaring off natural gas because it was worthless. Also, she forgets a little thing called NAFTA. Even if she achieved her dream of the government owning everything, we would still be paying the exact same price for gas that our neighbours in Alberta pay.
A great deflection for the government though, although it's getting really tired. Is Devine also to blame for out-migration, high taxes and slow job growth?
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
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