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Energy Watch: The end of optimism

The more Canada’s energy patch experts shrug and say “we’ve been through this before,” the more it seems clear this downturn will be worse than the many dips of decades past.
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Energy Watch: The end of optimism
The more Canada’s energy patch experts shrug and say “we’ve been through this before,” the more it seems clear this downturn will be worse than the many dips of decades past.
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