Premier Rachel Notley wraps up her visit to Washington, D.C. Wednesday. Notley is promoting the benefits of cross-border trade between Alberta and the U.S.
Notley held numerous meetings Monday with U.S. officials, policy-makers and advisers. They included Montana senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and the state’s governor, Steve Bullock. In an interview with Global News, the premier stressed the importance of Alberta energy exports to the U.S. is one of her key messages. “About 30 per cent of American oil imports are from the province of Alberta,” she said.
“And what that means is that it contributes significantly, frankly, to the U.S.’s own energy security as well as ensuring they have access to competitive prices for their own oil and gas needs. So, in fact it contributes to their manufacturing sector.”
The premier sounds upbeat about the talks to date, as she reminds U.S. officials of the unique nature of the trade relationship between Alberta and the US and the degree to which we contribute to each other’s job growth and job security. “Certainly what I’ve heard so far is that people are pretty open to that argument.” Notley told Global News.
“They understand that we have a solid relationship, that’s historical between the U.S. and Canada. And, frankly, at a time of some uncertainty and some volatility there’s no real benefit to creating more uncertainty and more volatility.”
The premier is expected to meet with officials from the Trump administration before returning to the province to open the Spring sitting of the Alberta Legislature on Thursday.
with files from Gary Bobrovitz and Canadian Press.