Ted Clugston remembers the first time he saw his father cry. Decades later, the mayor of Medicine Hat, Alberta, still nurses a grudge for the man he holds responsible: then-Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. It was the 1980s and Canada was in a recession. Clugston’s father, Keith, was in distress as he watched friends in the oil-rich province struggling with economic adversity. He blamed the malaise on a federal policy that gave Ottawa control over the energy sector. “It was aggravating and disappointing,” he said. “The sense of frustration is boiling over here.” Trudeau’s Liberals lost the popular vote to Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, and they were completely shut out of the oil- and gas-producing provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan . But they still managed to command a strong plurality of seats in Parliament — a result that has worsened feelings of existential angst and alienation in the two prairie […]