Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2010
The deposits of oil and gas, the fields of cattle and crops and the majestic timber forests are important assets, but it is the people of Alberta who are its most valuable resource
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Political insiders describe Calgary’s Jim Prentice as a strong and effective leader who always keeps his cool. And you would have to be with his hot portfolio. As Canada’s environment minister, fingers from international critics point to him when it comes to issues surrounding Alberta’s thriving, yet controversial oil sands. He also told the world during last November’s Copenhagen conference on climate change that Canada won’t back down when it comes to fighting “globally green” agreements that could choke the country’s economy while other major polluters like China and India go free. By the way, those same insiders also say Prentice’s abilities could position him as a successor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the future.