M.D. has a dilemma on its hands

Last week an oil and gas company huddled in camera with M.D. of Lesser Slave River council for a couple of hours. What they talked about isn’t therefore officially acknowledged, but it’s safe to say it wasn’t to announce a new industrial facility. Profit margins are such in these days of low oil prices that companies are looking for any edge they can get. And reduced municipal taxes is an obvious target.

It’s not the first time a big company has made such a pitch. The M.D. tends to resist these, not wanting to get on the slippery slope. But hanging over them is the possibility of losing even more if the company decides to shut down its operations. There are no easy answers.

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