Canada: Oil Revolt

The West balks at new taxes

For years Canada's Western provinces could do little more than complain about the Eastern Establishment, including the federal government in Ottawa. The West was helplessly beholden to Eastern tariffs, Eastern financial institutions and a Parliament dominated by Ontario and Quebec. Then, the West struck oil. All of a sudden, it found itself awash in energy, profits and power. This inevitably led to an East-West struggle. Last week it erupted into an outright tax revolt as the West balked at new federal excise levies on all natural gas sales.

British Columbia boldly announced that it would refuse...

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