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Noon-hour debate: Are Alberta's tar sands hurting Quebec's economy?, Montreal

Event date(s): 
13 November, 2012 - 12:00 - 13:30

Recent statements by the Governor of the Bank of Canada and by Thomas Mulcair, the Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, reveal a profound economic and political divide on the issue of accelerated development of the oil sands industry. Is this fast growing sector good for Canada or a blight on the manufacturing economies of Ontario and Quebec? 

Some argue that the Canadian economy is rapidly becoming a two-speed economy, with oil provinces getting richer and manufacturing provinces going into decline. Others believe that the benefits of western Canada's oil industry extend to the nation's economy as a whole. 

This noon-hour debate at the Centre for Sustainable Development (better known by its official name, the Maison du développement durable) will explore the economic ramifications of this important but controversial sector.

In French.


  • Martin Coiteux – Economist, profesor at HEC Montréal, a regular contributor to La Presse and economic columnist on the show Maurais Live on CHOI-FM Radio X (Quebec City, Montreal and Saguenay).
  • François Barrière – Vice president of development at Laurentian Bank, regular commentator on economic and financial news, notably at Les


Tuesday, November 13, 2012
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Free. RSVP required.
Please confirm your attendance at the following address:


Maison du développement durable
Salle Clark
50, Ste-Catherine St. West, Montreal