Oilsands could put trillions into economy:leader
EDMONTON - All of Canada should be working to develop Alberta oilsands because the trillions of dollars it can generate can go to help other areas of the country, says an economic leader.
Brad Ferguson, president and CEO of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, says northern Alberta could contribute $2.1 trillion to the Canadian economy over the next twenty years, or $105 billion dollars a year.
âItâs an enormous number," Ferguson said Tuesday at the group's annual address.
"Itâs a lot of zeros, and it creates a lot of tax dollars. Thatâs why we need to move it from a city imperative to a national imperative because if we donât extract the value out of the oilsands, the entire country actually gets harmed through the process."
Ferguson has issued a call to action to find ways to make development of the oilsands cleaner, greener, safer, faster and cheaper, as the rest of the world is demanding.
Itâs such a big job, all of Canada should be getting in on it, he added.
âIf we use it to activate other parts of the country, everything from other universities and the research thatâs going on there, or the excess capacity thatâs going on in Trois-RiviÃ¨res or Hamilton or Oshawa right now, how do we use what we have here to activate the rest of the country?â
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson agreed.
âIf we really want to thrive, if we really want to lead and have a great strong economy into the future, it has to innovate and it has to be around, âHow do you make things greener? How do you use less energy?â How do you use less water, so I think it's the right call to action,â he said.