In 2013 there were 976 billion litres of tailings on Alberta’s landscape, covering an area roughly the size of the city of Kelowna. The volume of the lakes continues to grow and has likely now reached 1 trillion litres.
If Friday’s first ministers’ meeting sees the release of additional policy measures and an accountability mechanism to ensure more progress is made with time, the federal government could rightly say it has brought legitimacy to its “Canada is back” tagline.
The coal phase-out conversation is not necessarily tied to a particular political ideology. Even in Alberta, the late premier Jim Prentice proposed a coal phase-out in the province before the NDP government took the baton.
With the prime minister and premiers meeting in two weeks to announce a cross-Canada plan for clean growth and climate change, many Albertans are understandably wondering, what have we got to gain from it all?