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Friday, October 28, 2005

The Shadow Government

There is another power base other than the elected one under the Dome of the Rock, er, Dome of the Leg in Edmonton. It is found among the insiders in the oilpatch who sit on 13 BILLION dollars (paper money that is). Of course, this money is not hard cash, and the boom could go bust someday soon. But the fact that these insiders could be sitting on wealth that is twice the size of the Alberta government's budget surplus means that they have some serious power.

Now noting oil barons with money is nothing new. The point is that for those who wish to see a change in the Alberta provincial government, there is a certain need for getting approval from this
shadow government. The oilpatch is quiet when it comes to politics, so long as politics doesn't stick its nose into the 'patch. But if average Albertans want to see changes in Alberta's governance, these oil insiders need to be on board somewhat.

If there are prospects for Alberta other than Jim Dinning, they need to be sold to the oilpatch. Dinning is a corporate darling---simply because he won't upset the status quo.

If Business can live with the status quo, they won't want to change it. Average folks on the other hand can be crippled by a status quo that is still benign for big business.

And so, Albertans who want change in the provincial government must be mindful of where
the shadow falls too. It is difficult to have one, without the other.

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Figured ole Albertanicus would want to see this on Alberta oil.

thanks ruminator,

The no-more-oil scare is rooted in illusion.

Whether the oil will be cheap is another question.

Dinning is a federalist. He will do nothing to protect the province. Conservative fortunes will de_klein under his leadership, but i can see that the patch would like him. Alberta should mirror Quebec in dealing with Ottawa. Dinning wont!

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