Made-in-Canada prices needed

David Orchard submitted a column to the paper this week, which begins by saying that Canada did not lose any oil-generating capacity in Alberta.
The oil sands continue to grow and expand, and were not shut down by Hurricane Katrina. As well, the Hibernia oil field in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland is continuing to pump.
“Why then,” he asks, “has the price of gasoline at the pump risen so high in Canada?”
On Monday in a CP wire story, analysts were looking at the cost of heating with natural gas for the coming winter. They were warning that Canadians were in for an almost doubling of their heating gas costs through the coming months.
The price of oil, gasoline, and natural gas has risen dramatically and is costing Canadians dearly. Mr. Orchard wonders why a catastrophe in the United States is costing Canadians so dearly.
In Namibia, where my eldest son is working, the government controls the price of gasoline in that country. On Monday, the price there was 99 cents a litre—much lower than here in Canada.
Namibia has a made-in-Namibia price of gas. But it appears that in Canada, rich in oil and gas resources, we no longer have a made-in-Canada price for oil and natural gas.
It has got me wondering.
I wonder, with all the oil fields in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and off the coast of Newfoundland, whether we reserve any of those commodities for the exclusive use of Canadians, or do we sell everything we can take out of the ground?
The newspaper industry across Canada is looking to the provincial and federal governments for energy assistance to give them a competitive edge. Other manufacturers in Canada are looking for the competitive edge against foreign competition.
As a country so rich in natural resources like oil, natural gas, minerals, and forests, how do we make those assets work for us.
Is it in our best interests to sell cheap oil and gas to the United States that ultimately subsidizes the manufacture of goods in that country. And then we see those products being sold back into Canada.
Is it good for Canadians to ship natural gas into the U.S. that is sold to paper mills across that country to compete with Canadian mills.
And is it in our best interests to give away our surpluses in times of energy crunches to keep our competitors in operation? If Canada had an energy shortage, could we expect the U.S. to ship us oil and gas for costs less than their citizens are paying?
I suspect a lot of the reasons why we are paying such high prices is that we have negotiated away the right to have a made-in-Canada energy price and policy.

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