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West historically exploited for resources

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.

University of Toronto professor says Ontario has historically "raped the West."
Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Magazine
Broadcast Date: Dec. 9, 1973
Guest(s): John Crispo
Host: Bob Oxley, George Rich
Duration: 1:12

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