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Peter Lougheed would later admit it was the biggest mistake of his long and successful political life.

It was, of course, allowing himself to be photographed clinking champagne glasses with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau back in 1981 after the pair had made some tweaks in Alberta’s favour to the reviled National Energy Program, then devastating this province.

The Alberta premier never repeated the mistake because this was a time when separation talk was in the prairie air and mannequins of Trudeau were being hoisted and burned atop otherwise idle drilling rigs in places such as Leduc.

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