Apparently the billions in foreign direct investment into the oil sands never (really) happened? Bold strategy, Cotton. There were a few years when oil sands looked like a no-brainer investment, but for most of its history that's not been the case at all. https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/07/29/how-alberta-capitulated-to-big-oil-and-left-albertans-poorer.html
How Alberta capitulated to Big Oil and left Albertans poorer
Alberta’s management of its economy should be seen as nothing short of a disaster — something to keep in mind as Jason Kenney and his followers push f...https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/07/29/how-alberta-capitulated-to-big-oil-and-left-albertans-poorer.html
And, as usual, the Norwailing concerns are at best ahistorical. Norway has, for basically its entire resource history, expected the future to be one with lower resource production and so saving for future times with lower production made sense as an economic policy. 2/N
Furthermore, in Norway, you can make the case that savings today is smoothing the benefit of Norway's resource endowment for current and future Norwegians i.e. the children and grandchildren of current Norwegians. Neither of these has generally been the case in Alberta.
First, let's talk about resources. The problem facing Alberta has always been to unlock the vast, physical resource that exists in the oil sands at competitive costs. If that could be accomplished, it was reasonable to expect both production and rents to increase over time.
This was absolutely not the case in Norway: the expectation was always declining future production and decreasing per unit rents as the physical resource was exhausted. In one case, savings makes sense. You don't save to prepare for a future with higher resource revenues.