"History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... I read it a little as a duty; but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome." Jane Austen spoken by Catherine Morland in 'Northanger Abbey'
Data for the chart above came from Greg Poelzer's Macdonald-Laurier Institute's February 2015 Publication Paper "What Crisis? - Global lessons from Norway for managing energy-based economies."
Norway, a county of 5.2 million people (Alberta's population is similar at 4.2 million), began their first successful North Sea oil drilling in 1971 and by maintaining sovereign control and creating partnerships with the private sector "... now sits on top of a CAD ONE TRILLION DOLLAR pension fund established in 1990 to invest the returns of oil and gas. The capital has been invested in over 9,000 companies worldwide including over 200 in Canada. IT IS NOW THE LARGEST SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND IN THE WORLD" (CBC News, March 20. 2015).
According to estimates by the International Monetary Fund and Fitch Ratings, Norway needs an oil price of $40 to BALANCE THEIR BUDGET. (Institutional Investor, Feb 24, 2015)
“I truly believe one of the greatest mistakes we have made was to let our commitment to the Heritage Fund lapse...” said Alberta's latest "progressive" conservative premier, Jim Prentice (BNN March 24, 2015)
The following is an extract from the January 2013 Canadian Centre for Policy paper "The Petro-Path Not Taken - Comparing Norway with Canada and Alberta’s Management of Petroleum Wealth" by Bruce Campbell
The Beatles - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
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"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement; and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana Vol. I, Reason in Common Sense