VENEZUELA: Exodus of Venezuelan Oil Experts Aids Canada's Production Hopes
Dick Hancocl writes:The Wall Street Journal (2/2/05) article by Angel Gonzalez shows the results of President Hugo Chavez's decision to place political correctness above professional competence. In the wake of Chavez's purge of 18,000 Venezuelan petroleum workers, many Venezuelan engineers are now employed in helping to develop Alberta's oil sands into a significant factor in world petroleum production. "Canadian oil-industry officials see the need for more that 8,600 new oil-sands jobs over the next decade, with as many as 2,000 needed this summer." The Venezuelan-Canadian Association of Calgary now numbers 400 members and the organization receives a consistent flow of job inquiries from Venezuelans. Commenting on this phenomenon, Gonzalez quotes Alberta-employed Venezuelan engineer Pereira-Almao: "It's what happens when a regime tries to impose its point of view by force."
Ronald Hilton 2004
February 28, 2005