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Calgary (Alberta), Nov 22 (Canadian-Media): Seamus O'Regan, appointed as the new natural resources minister arrived in Alberta Thursday night to solve the top crucial issues for the oilpatch, media reports said.
Seamus O'Regan Credit: Wikipedia
There are 50,000 fewer people working in oil and gas than there were five years ago, before the price of oil collapsed in 2014.
This had caused a decline in investment in oil and gas production in Canada from about $80 billion in 2014 to about $40 billion in 2018 and 2019.
Newfoundland and Labrador MP Seamus O'Regan was handed over the toughest portfolio by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, when the new cabinet was announced, to solve two pieces of legislation (Bill C-69) and (Bill C-48) which have been widely protested due to the fear that oil-based economy in Alberta would be phased out
Jim Carr, the federal government's new special representative for the Prairies, also said on Thursday that probe into these two pieces of legislation could be fruitful.
Lori Williams, a political scientist at Mount Royal University in Calgary said the minister's visit soon after being sworn into cabinet signals that
"Alberta is a priority, that the oil industry is a priority and that the government wants to continue to strike that very delicate balance between energy and the environment,"
O'Regan also said on Thursday, he'll be returning to Alberta again next week yo meet people in a variety of roles related to the oilpatch.