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B.C. Premier Christy Clark (left) and former Alberta premier Alison Redford meet in Vancouver on Nov. 5, 2013.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark (left) and former Alberta premier Alison Redford meet in Vancouver on Nov. 5, 2013.
(JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

TODD HIRSCH

For mutual prosperity, B.C. and Alberta should just try to get along

What would the perfect economy look like? A decent-sized market of about 10 million people, tide water access to Asia, plentiful mineral and energy resources, rich agricultural land, abundant forestry, a highly educated population, a liberal democratic government, and low corruption. Throw in stunning natural scenery and two of The Economist’s most livable cities in the world – and there you’d have it: economic perfection.