A platform for the debate on energy


The next few years are going to be crucial to Canada’s energy future. A potent mix of geopolitical issues, technology-driven opportunities and environmental challenges will compel Canada’s policy makers to make choices that will go a long way in determining the country’s economic well-being.

Canadians need to be involved in that debate.

To help make that happen, the Financial Post, in partnership with Shell Canada, is launching FP Energy, in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. This multi-platform endeavour — appearing under the heading Future Now, in the pages of our newspaper, as a standalone section on financialpost.com and in our sister papers and websites across the Postmedia chain — aims to be a national hub for news, expert opinion, discussion and debate that will engage all Canadians on the crucial question of Canada’s energy future.

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FP Energy will serve as a platform for stakeholders — from consumers to producers to policymakers to environmentalists — to present their points of view, helping shape Canada’s energy agenda.

The weekly print coverage, which begins today on page FP8, will be supplemented with the rich and dynamic FP Energy website. From breaking news to live discussions, and including contributions from some of the country’s leading experts on all sides of the energy issue, the site is a continuously updated hub for Canada’s energy debates. It includes sections on oil, natural gas, alternative energy, transportation and much more. It aims to engage and inform and dig deeper on issues that affect all Canadians.

There is no shortage of issues to discuss.

The controversies surrounding the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines are not just about the two projects, but effectively referendums on our oil sands, dictating their future development.

In Quebec, the government needs to restart a dialogue on its shale gas riches that are under a moratorium due to environmental concerns. Is there a way to unlock that wealth without compromising on its ecological standards?

Ontario, facing its own economic challenges, must re-examine whether its costly alternative energy policy, the Green Energy Act, truly benefits Ontarians.

Alberta and Saskatchewan must ensure that their natural resource-led booms are ecologically friendly and sustainable. Meanwhile, British Columbia must decide what role it wants to play in Canada’s oil sands development.

FP Energy will be the go-to point — in print and online — for these and other discussions. I hope you will join the conversation.

Stephen Meurice,
Editor-in-Chief, National Post

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