Trudeau’s ‘loudest critic’ goes to Washington

Premier Jason Kenney held a press conference today giving an update on his trade missions to Quebec and Washington, D.C. and he lashed out at the federal government, NDP and protestors stalling natural resource projects.

While in Washington, Premier Kenney met with senior cabinet members to discuss pipelines and Alberta energy exports, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

The premier advocated for further cooperation with Alberta on responsible energy production with Alaska Senator and Chair of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Lisa Murkowski.

Premier Kenney also discussed pipeline issues and new opportunities for expanding trade with the United States following the ratification of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, meeting with key officials such as U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue, Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, North Dakota Congressman Kelly Armstrong, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Montana Sen. Steve Daines, Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

Premier Kenney delivered a joint presentation with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe to the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute, led a roundtable discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and joined fellow premiers at a panel discussion at the National Governors Association winter meeting.

At the centre he said he is Trudeau’s loudest critic and pointed out the Liberal government got zero seats in Alberta in the October 2019 federal election.

Premier Kenney said if the Teck Mine project in Alberta is rejected by Ottawa, the response won’t just be very serious in Alberta it will be very serious in global capital markets.

In Montreal, Premier Kenney spoke to Quebecers about common interests and values that unite Alberta and Quebec.

“On the night our government was elected, I made a direct appeal to Quebecers to be partners in prosperity,” said Premier Kenney.

“I have maintained that important dialogue since forming a government, and this trip to Montreal demonstrated that this conversation is making a difference. Albertans are generous and want to see our country succeed, together. We are proud to be able to support our friends in Quebec and Eastern Canada and, frankly, an overwhelming majority of Canadians prefer Alberta’s energy to alternatives from OPEC dictatorships.”

While in Montreal, Premier Kenney also announced that the Government of Alberta will open an Alberta trade office to ensure Alberta’s interests are represented in Quebec.

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