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It means consumer demand is likely to be stronger than it would be in other parts of the country in times of recession.
The U.S. benchmark price of oil is above US$33 a barrel.
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"It's a lot. It's a helluva lot of money."
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Money from the program is allocated on a per capita basis, at $60 a person.
The program was set up in 2012 after intense criticism of how the Alberta government was doing the job.
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A number of factors are prompting energy companies to reconsider expansion of production.
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A cyberattack on a pipeline could put Albertans or the environment at risk.
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Greening the building sector is one of the most cost-effective and economically beneficial ways to reduce energy demand and emissions while also supporting climate adaptation and resilience. These solutions exist and can be put into action right now. It's also a solid way to get a moribund economy moving.
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Once seen, it can't be unseen.
Amendments are expected in the fall sitting of the legislature.
Trudeau has faced pressure to advocate for the project.
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"If nothing else, at least he is listening.''
Steve Williams was among seven oil and gas leaders who met with the prime minister.
"There's people that need help now."