Breakdown - Dundurn


The Pipeline Debate and the Threat to Canada's Future

Published August 2019


2019/20 The Donner Prize — Winner

Is a national consensus on hydrocarbon development possible?

The ongoing debate in Canada over the extraction of hydrocarbon resources and their transportation to markets exemplifies the country’s political polarization. Breakdown explores these tensions through economic, environmental, and political perspectives.

The Trudeau Liberals and Alberta’s one-term NDP government attempted to find a compromise that satisfies the concerns of British Columbia, Canada’s First Nations, and environmentalists. But they still could not break the impasse on the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. With new players now at the table, can Canada find a reasonable path forward?



Dennis McConaghy

Dennis McConaghy is a Canadian energy executive who has nearly forty years of industry experience in infrastructure development and is the author of Dysfunction: Canada after Keystone XL. He lives in Calgary.

Deborah Yedlin

As a journalist writing for the Calgary Herald, the Globe and Mail, and the CBC, Deborah Yedlin has been a pre-eminent commentator for the better part of twenty years on the nexus of business and politics in Canada.

Book Details

August 2019
6x9 in
216 pp
August 2019
216 pp
August 2019
216 pp