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For most of its history, Nova Scotia's leaders have tried to exploit the province's energy resources for jobs, revenue and political reward. For three centuries politicians and other prominent players have clashed over the ownership, control and development of energy resources--coal, electric power, offshore petroleum. This book traces the interplay between politics and energy and documents the ongoing failure of government to use energy resources in ways that would create a prosperous and sustainable provincial economy.

Enshrined in our constitution, Canadians expect equal treatment and benefits from their government. But when government services come from provinces and not Ottawa, differences can be enormous. Canada's provinces have unequal means to pay for those responsibilities, as the balance of wealth shifts over time. Richard Starr traces the history of equalization and shows how it has been undermined and attacked, and proposes how it can be reframed for the twenty-first century.

When New Brunswick Liberals crushed Richard Hatfield's Conservative government in the1987 election, winning every seat in the legislature, it marked the end of a high-flying political career comprehending everything from high-performance sports cars to ignominious drug busts.

Richard Starr, The man behind the Point

About Richard

RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, appearing in everything from Atlantic Insight to Atlantic Progress. A lifelong student of Maritime history, Starr is married to playwright and former MP Wendy Lill. They live in Dartmouth.

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