This release was issued under a previous government.

“I would like to extend the congratulations of the people of Alberta to President-elect Donald Trump for his victory last night.

“The United States is Alberta’s most significant energy market. We will be working closely with our energy industry to see if new opportunities to grow that relationship now lie before us under a new U.S. Administration.

“It is also true that the U.S. is now an energy exporter as well as a market for energy. Therefore we must continue to work to diversity Canada’s energy markets, and to build trading relationships with more than one buyer. For that reason, a Canadian pipeline to tidewater remains an important priority for Alberta.

“It also makes sense - in Canada and all around the world - to act on climate change, to phase out coal pollution, and to phase in clean renewable energy. The Government of Alberta is going to continue with our climate change leadership plan, including our program to assist trade-exposed industries.

“Finally, we will work closely with the Government of Canada and with other provinces to defend Canadian interests during any review of our trading arrangements with the United States, including any review or renegotiation of NAFTA.

“Let me conclude by saying that Secretary Hillary Clinton’s historic candidacy for the U.S. Presidency inspired women and girls all around the world. Old barriers are coming down. But much still remains to be done, to grow and improve the role, rights and opportunities for women and minorities in a more equal and inclusive society.

“And that work will continue to be a priority for our government here in Alberta.

“Thank you.”