|Alberta was long considered a have-not province
until the discovery of oil at Leduc in the 1950s changed that. Today,
fossil fuels make Alberta a wealthy province, providing much of the
province's employment and allowing Alberta to be the only province in
Canada without a provincial sales tax. While many of the corporate
offices of energy companies are in Calgary, major refineries are found
in and near Edmonton, especially along Refinery Row, shown here, in
Edmonton's east end. Alberta's petroleum wealth is guarded jealously.
Albertans still seethe with anger when reminded of the federal
government's National Energy Program in the early 1980s, which many
believe drained the province of multi-billions of dollars in wealth.
© 2002 Richard McGuire