Former MLA comments on oil cuts

By Jessie Weisner
December 3, 2018 - 5:19pm Updated: December 3, 2018 - 7:18pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB -- Many Albertans have mixed opinions on the 8.7 per cent oil production cut in Alberta, yet most current politicians have never experienced anything like it.

However, one former Medicine Hat MLA has experienced, and he’s voiced support for the decision.

James ‘Jim’ Horsman was the Progressive Conservative MLA for Medicine Hat from 1975 to 1993, and has remained involved with the city after retiring from politics.

He’s one of the politicians who was in power when Premier Peter Lougheed forced oil production cuts to protest the federal Liberal Party’s National Energy Program in 1980.

Although he hasn’t been involved in politics for some time, he still commented on the familiar cuts.

He says he hopes the country will take more notice of Alberta now.

“I think the significance is that they’re prepared to undertake that action and I hope it will spur the federal government to carry on and do something realistic and helpful,” says Horsman. “Which they have failed to do miserably.”

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