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1976

1978

1978

1979

1980

Lougheed establishes the Alberta Heritage Trust Fund, putting a portion of oil revenues into long-term investments.

Syncrude opens its second oilsands project in Fort McMurray, a $2.3 million open- pit mine and processing plant.

Edmonton hosts the Commonwealth Games.

Albertan Joe Clark becomes prime minister. His minority government is dissolved by a confidence vote nine months later.

Prime minister Pierre Trudeau announces the National Energy Program, increasing Ottawa’s take of Alberta oil revenues.

Oil rig outside Calgary, 1975

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