‘A confidential report on the oil sands drawn up for the provincial cabinet in mid-1972 by a large group of Alberta’s civil servants representing some 20 government departments proposed a reversal of “the historical trend of ever-increasing foreign control of non-renewable resource development in Canada”.
‘Pointing to the fact that the pressure on developing the tar sands was largely emanating from outside Canada, the civil servants urged the Lougheed cabinet to resist the temptation to allow foreign energy demands to dictate the terms of development. “The policy decisions should be guided primarily by the perceived benefits that will accrue to Albertans and Canadians.” The civil servants warned that the oil companies were interested in rapid development on their own terms and conditions, they would tend to import equipment, engineers, managers and staff and in turn export the synthetic crude in an unprocessed form.
‘The report, “leaked” to Mel Hurtig, controversial publisher and then Chairman of Committee for an Independent Canada, raised a public furor, one of many that has delayed and threatened development of the tar sands since they were first viewed by a white man in the latter part of the 18th Century.’
from: Oil - The History of Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry; Ed Gould; 1976; Hancock House Publishers.