Premier Rachel Notley has wrapped up her three day visit to Washington D.C.
She says she is satisfied that U.S. decision makers understand what her government is trying to do on climate change.
Notley met with government, energy and environmental leaders to try to change perceptions about Alberta and the oilsands.
She says they were impressed with how the province has been able to implement its plan to cut emissions, with support from environmentalists, and the energy industry.
Notley admits it’s been hard to get access to the top politicians in Washington because they’re all campaigning, but she’s confident the people she did meet will be of influence in the U.S. government after the election.
Premier Notley also talked about the controversy surround Earl’s decision to do away with Canadian beef in favour of certified humane beef from Kansas.
She says she hopes Canada’s beef industry will move quickly to prevent other restaurants from going elsewhere.
Notley suggests that while Albertans know the quality of our beef is second to none, it’s not enough.
“I am certainly hopeful that the round-table on the certification around organics, that has been set up nationally, can move quickly to come up with a certification process that confirms what we all know to be true that Alberta produces great beef.”
There’s been a backlash against Earl’s on social media, but also a lot of concern that Canada’s beef industry hasn’t kept up with the demand for certification.