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An Act respecting the transfer of the Natural Resources of Alberta, 1930.
When the three Prairie provinces entered Confederation (Manitoba in 1870, and Alberta and Saskatchewan in 1905) they were not given control over their natural resources -- a right awarded to all of Canada's other provinces under the British North America Act. The federal government retained control to oversee its goal of quickly integrating the West into the Canadian economy. But the inequality became a "cause célèbre" in western Canada, where provincial concerns were seen to take second-class status to national goals. The Natural Resources Transfer Acts recognized the imbalance and gave the Prairie provinces jurisdiction to their crown lands and natural resources.

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