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Trudeau not worried about Western alienation

One spewing geyser of oil at Leduc, Alta., on Feb. 13, 1947, transformed the province's economy. Until the oil strike Alberta struggled as a have-not province. Leduc "blowing in" was famous and rare because Albertans had never imagined large oil reserves existed beneath the wheat. But ownership of the resource challenged by the national energy program became a political battle: East versus West, Trudeau versus Lougheed. Today, the Leduc legacy lives on with Alberta paying off its debt in 2000 and countless barrels of crude yet to be extracted.

 Prime minister calls regional loyalty "a good thing."

Medium: Television
Program: Thursday Night
Broadcast Date: Oct. 3, 1969
Guest(s): Pierre Trudeau
Narrator: Allan McFee
Duration: 5:25

Last updated: March 6, 2013

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