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We get nervous when politicians start talking "strategy."
Especially when it's as vague as the "national energy strategy" Alberta Premier Alison Redford tried to sell her fellow premiers at their annual conflab last week.
It should have died mercifully when B.C. Premier Christy Clark opted out.
Clark was preoccupied with a "strategy" for her own province -- wringing more money out of Alberta and the feds for a the Northern Gateway pipeline route to the West Coast.
Unfortunately, the remaining premiers touted Redford's idea, which, as it turns out, is really just a plan to make a strategy, similar to one they made in 2007.
They can gab all they like, but we don't need a "strategy" on energy, national or otherwise.
Canada doesn't have a national agricultural strategy, yet we've managed to feed ourselves and ship the excess to other countries for a generous net benefit to our country.
Why should energy be any different?
Canadians aren't that demanding.
We want access to a reliable supply of affordable energy to heat our homes, run our industries and get us around.
We also want to make sure it doesn't do irreparable harm to the environment for future generations.
We're grateful for the financial advantage our abundant energy resources offer during troubled economic times.
Political "strategies" too often lead to counterproductive actions.
Ontario's green-energy scheme has whacked consumers and industry on electricity prices, wiping out more jobs that it created.
We don't even want to imagine what NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair would conjure up if he -- shudder -- ever became PM.
Provinces have ultimate say over their own energy resources and they don't want the feds stepping on their toes.
That makes a consensus on energy as likely as the prospect we'll all be driving windmill generated electric cars in 10 years.
We'll leave the last word to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who worries there are interests in this country who aren't proud we are an energy power.
"Let's start proactively branding the energy we have to the world," Wall says, "committing to do it in a sustainable way, but promoting the fact we have it."
That's more of an attitude than a strategy.
But it works for us.