Letter – Energy sector isn’t hurting

Letter to the editor from the Grand Forks Gazette May 28, 2014.

The conservative government is slashing funding for education, research and public broadcasting, but there’s one part of our economy that enjoys remarkable support from the taxpayers of this country; the energy sector.  The IMF (International Monetary Fund) in their latest report states the oil giants in Canada are subsides to the tune of $34 billion each year ($34 billion of your money and mine).Canada subsidizes the petroleum industry more than any other country in the world with the exception of the U.S.A. and Luxembourg. Big oil must be very pleased they have a friend in Ottawa, so willing to hand out billions of taxpayers’ dollars to companies that already earn billions of dollars by gouging us at the pumps. But that’s not all. The Alberta tar sands consumes 15 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year heating the thick gooey bitumen to recover the oil locked within. The taxpayer is on the hook, paying through tax breaks and subsidizes, for half of the natural gas used in the oil sands recovery.If you’re not happy contributing to big oil’s profits, remember there is an election next year.David Janzen,Grand Forks

Just Posted

Kootenay Robusters end 18th paddling season

Women of Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Christina Lake and Grand Forks came together in 2001

Trail bus line readies to takeover Kelowna run

Silver City Stage Lines must have a booking site up by Sept. 30; two vehicles activated by Oct. 26

More burning prohibitions rescinded in southeast B.C.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted in Southeast Fire Centre as of 1p.m. on Wednesday.

Cops For Kids’ southeast B.C. tour rolls on

Annual RCMP fundraiser will see 34 cyclists ride 1,000 kilometres raising funds

Municipal spending outpaces population growth 4-fold in B.C.: report

Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its annual operational spending report

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

WHL: Kootenay Ice drop Calgary Hitmen 5-3 in home opener

Youth take centre stage as Kootenay explodes for three second-period goals

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Family, friends of B.C murder victim want killer sent back to max security facility

Group wants convicted murderer Walter Ramsay sent back to a maximum security facility

Most Read