Canadian premier stresses importance of Oil Sands, securing energy and jobs

Source: Government of Alberta

Premier Ed Stelmach will reinforce the strategic and national importance of Alberta’s oil sands as well as the critical role they play in North American energy security at the Council of the Federation (COF) Summer Meeting August 4 to 6.

“The benefits of Alberta’s oil sands extend well beyond our provincial borders,” said Premier Stelmach, who will lead the oil sands discussion at the meeting in Winnipeg, MB. “I will ensure my colleagues across Canada understand that Alberta’s oil sands contribute to Canada’s GDP, create jobs in other provinces and provide a secure source of energy for North America.” 

Alberta’s interests will also be furthered when a number of issues arising from the most recent Western Premiers’ meeting in Vancouver are discussed at COF. These topics include immigration; environment and climate change; and Canada-U.S. relations. 

The Council of the Federation is made up of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. The Council promotes inter-provincial territorial cooperation, meaningful relations between governments based on respect for the Constitution, and shows leadership on issues important to all Canadians. 

The Government of Alberta has a clear plan for a strong economic recovery. The Way Forward will bring Alberta back into a surplus position in three years by trimming government spending; using cash reserves to protect key programs; continuing to invest in public infrastructure; and ensuring that our province's industries are competitive and continue to attract investment to provide jobs and prosperity.

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