Jack Mintz: Ottawa has options to help Alberta. It’s just choosing not to

Alberta is desperate. Its losses in oil sales have made it so much so that the provincial government has ordered oil companies to curtail production by 325,000 barrels per day — or 8.75 per cent of total volume — for up to one year beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Premier Rachel Notley’s controversial plan is to force producers to constrain supply to drive up prices, something she portrays as a regrettable last resort. Certainly the only people who would be completely happy with this imperfect solution are the radical environmentalists who want to stop oilsands production altogether. Curtailment was a first step for them.