Stephen Harper wanted to make Canada 'a global energy powerhouse.' How did that work out? - 2020-03-09

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F185.png Stephen Harper wanted to make Canada 'a global energy powerhouse.' How did that work out? March 9, 2020, David Climenhaga, rabble.ca

That was in July 2006, a dream articulated in Harper's first speech abroad as Canada's prime minister.

Canada was not only about to become "a new energy superpower," Harper told the Canada-U.K. chamber of commerce in London, his government intended to turn the country into a "global energy powerhouse."

Those were the days! The G8 (remember that?) was about to meet in St. Petersburg, Russia. Oil was selling for US$74.57 a barrel. The United States had to import oil to keep the wheels of its economy turning. Harper was threatening to show Russian President Vladimir Putin a thing or two for not bowing to the new neoliberal imperium.

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{{cite news | first = David | last = Climenhaga | title = Stephen Harper wanted to make Canada 'a global energy powerhouse.' How did that work out? | url = https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2020/03/stephen-harper-wanted-make-canada-global-energy-powerhouse-how | work = rabble.ca | date = March 9, 2020 | accessdate = March 10, 2020 }}