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July 16, 2018 | Why We’re Taking Such Pride in Canadian Resources

Stewart Muir is founder and executive director of the Resource Works Society, a Vancouver-based group open to participation by British Columbians from all walks of life who are concerned about their future economic opportunities. He is an author, journalist and historian with experience on three continents including a financial editor of The Vancouver Sun responsible for mining and markets coverage. Since Resource Works was established in 2014, the group has gained international recognition for its practical approach to the public challenges of responsible natural resource development and use.

Why are we suddenly acting ashamed or embarrassed at Canada’s abundant crude oil, natural gas, pulp and paper, lumber, potash, water, coal, land, and base metal resources? Energy executive Paul Colborne makes an eloquent case for getting past those feelings.

shirt.jpegIt’s fairly rare for an energy company to reveal its operating intelligence to the world, but for frustrated Calgary resident Paul Colborne, desperate times called for dramatic action.

Recently, Colborne and his team at Surge Energy took several weeks to distill a vast amount of information into a succinct, seven-page “statement of fact” on the Canadian oil industry and its extremely important place in Canada’s economy.

These are people who can’t afford to make mistakes. The resulting work is meticulous.

Comments Colborne: “Basically, after being an extremely ethical, environmentally safe, highly regulated, resource based economy for the last 100 plus years, why are we suddenly acting ‘ashamed’ or embarrassed of Canada’s abundant crude oil, natural gas, pulp and paper, potash, water, coal, land, and base metal resources etc?”

Coleborne described resources as “amazing assets” that have let Canada responsibly industrialize as a nation over the last 100 years, creating one of the world’s most advanced societies and highest standards of living.

According to Colborne, “each statement of fact has been researched and footnoted” – a welcome move at a time when it seems like there is a constant flood of misinformation. We found this effort to be welcome indeed, and decided to share all seven pages here.

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July 16th, 2018

Posted In: Resource Works

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