November 16-18, 2018, University of Alberta
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Concurrent session



November 17, 2018 at 10:30am - 11:45am


Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex (ETLC), University of Alberta
with Gillian Steward and Trevor Harrison

Lessons from the Past

They were both Progressive Conservatives, but Peter Lougheed and Ralph Klein had completely different policies when it came to developing Alberta’s oil sands. Lougheed wanted the government in the driver's seat. Klein put the oil industry in the driver's seat. As Rachel Notley navigates the ups and downs of Alberta's petroleum-based economy, what lessons from the past might serve her government best?

Gillian Steward is a Calgary-based journalist who has been covering Alberta politics since Peter Lougheed was elected premier. In 2017 she wrote Betting on Bitumen: Alberta's Energy Policies from Lougheed to Klein for Parkland Institute. Steward currently writes a regular column for the Toronto Star and teaches journalism at Mount Royal University.

Through a Past and Future Glass Darkly: Alberta Before and After 2015

This presentation will examine the lessons arising out of Alberta's 2015 election and what they suggest about future directions.

Trevor Harrison is a professor of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge and, since 2011, director of Parkland Institute. He is best known for his studies in political sociology, political economy, and public policy. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of nine books, numerous journal articles and book chapters, and is a frequent contributor to public media, including radio and television.