At the Saskatchewan pavilion, a friendly fellow named Trent—wearing a Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey—spotted my press badge and insisted on giving me a full-blown Saskatchewan sales pitch. “What do you know about our province?” he asked hopefully. The look I gave him in response was, I’m pretty certain, the blankest look that’s ever appeared on my face.
I’ve really been enjoying Slate’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. They mix just the right amount of humour and admiration.
And if anyone can ever be expected to ask the oil sands to do their fair share, it’s an Albertan Conservative prime minister with an Albertan environment minister.
Paul Wells notes that Environment Minister Jim Prentice appears to be warning the oil industry that the federal government will actually, maybe, someday attempt to reign in the environmental impact of oil sands development in Alberta. But at the same time, he admits that the government will slavishly follow the U.S. lead when it comes to regulation, whether it be a cap-and-trade program or otherwise. Which is great if the U.S. takes meaningful action and terrible if, say, the U.S. Congress impedes any action whatsoever (as it may well do).