It was about three years ago when I proposed to the federal government what we believed to be an environmentally salutary way to get some oil workers back to work.
The month before, oil prices had fallen to their lowest in over a decade. The commodity price downturn was already a protracted misery. Energy-sector workers were not working, related small businesses were shutting down, rainy-day savings of independent contractors were drying up. The situation, for families and the provincial balance sheets, was dire.