IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Les enjeux de la politique energetique canadienne des annees quatre-vingts

Listed author(s):
  • Plourde, A.

The first half of the 1980s was marked by bitter federal-provincial conflicts over the distribution of energy revenues. It is often argued that the introduction of the National Energy Program in October 1980 ushered in a period where the federal government's vision of an equitable distribution of energy revenues was paramount. OnIy with the Western Accord of March 1985, the argument goes, did the views propounded by the governments of the producing provinces gain ascendency. This paper suggests that such an argument ignores the role played by fiscal equalization. Once equalization is taken into consideration, it is clear that the switch from the federal vision of energy resources as a "national heritage" to the "provincial rights" approach proposed by the producing provinces had occurred by mid-1982. The federal government's attempts to bring about a more pronounced redistribution of the benefits generated by the exploitation of oil and gas reserves are thus shown to have been abandoned prior to the signing of the Western Accord. De virulents conflits concernant la distribution des bénéfices générés par l’exploitation et la mise en marché du pétrole et du gaz naturel ont opposé le fédéral aux gouvernements des provinces productrices durant la première moitié des années quatre-vingt. Cet article décrit les principaux mécanismes redistributifs utilisés par le fédéral (le contrôle des prix, la fiscalité et la péréquation). Il en ressort que l’effort redistributif entrepris par le Programme énergétique national d’octobre 1980 a été de courte durée. En effet, il est démontré que le gouvernement fédéral avait fait marche arrière sur tous les fronts avant la fin du premier semestre de 1982, bien avant de conclure, avec les provinces productrices, l’Accord de l’ouest en mars 1985.
(This abstract was borrowed from another version of this item.)

To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

Paper provided by University of Ottawa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 9005.

in new window

Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 1990
Handle: RePEc:ott:wpaper:9005
Contact details of provider: Postal:
PO Box 450, Station A, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5

Phone: (613) 562-5753
Fax: (613) 562-5999
Web page:

More information through EDIRC

References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

in new window

  1. Helliwell, John F. & MacGregor, Mary E. & McRae, Robert N. & Plourde, Andre & Chung, Alan, 1987. "Supply oriented macroeconomics : The MACE model of Canada," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 318-340, July.
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ott:wpaper:9005. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Diane Ritchot)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.