An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
WEEP NOT for the Teck Resources Frontier oil sands mine.
Reasons for cancellation of the $20-billion project near Fort McMurray and not far from Wood Buffalo National Park are as plentiful as the critics who want to waggle their fingers.
Was it oil prices? Was it our complicated and slow regulatory regime? Was it the rail blockades? Was it the conflict between environment and resource development? Or a general chill on investing in oil sands projects?
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer blame it on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the blockades. Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley blames it on Kenney.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.