Canada: Petrostate or not?

Andrew Nikiforuk’s piece in the July/August issue of Foreign Policy claims that Canada has become a rogue petrostate. You can read my reply, and Mr. Nikiforuk’s response to it, here.

4 responses to “Canada: Petrostate or not?”

  1. mcdermottinNYC

    Andrew L misses a key point: For Alberta, the share of “petro” in GDP is considerably more material than it is for Canada as a whole.

    Since Alberta runs Canada under its Conservative majority, Canada’s behaviour is really Albertan behaviour manifested at the national level — In short, a Petrostate Province colours all of Canada with a little bit of Chavez….

  2. Petrolstatehood is not a zero or one | Sherwin Arnott

    […] Some time ago Nikiforuk published an article at Foreign Policy declaring Canada a petrolstate. It caused a big splash and became a talking point in the culture wars that make up Canadian politics. Stephen Saideman, the Paterson Chair at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, called it hyperbole. And Andrew Leach, the Enbridge Professor at the Alberta School of Business, called it short on evidence.1 […]

  3. mcdermottinNYC

    Energy Sector as share of Alberta’s GDP: 22.1%
    http://www.albertacanada.com/faq-about-alberta.aspx#15

    Oil as share of Venezuelan GDP: 30%
    http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/about_us/171.htm

    Oil as share Nigerian GDP: 20%
    http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/about_us/167.htm

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