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Premier meets with business leaders to talk U.S. trade

Premier Notley will meet with provincial business leaders in four key sectors to discuss ways to build on Alberta’s strong trade relationship with the U.S. 

Premier Notley talks U.S. trade

L-R: Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier, Premier Rachel Notley, Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd, Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous at McDougall Centre in Calgary

The Premier held the first of a series of roundtable discussions with business leaders from the oil and gas, agriculture, forestry, and manufacturing sectors over several days to discuss our trade relationship with the U.S., the economy and how Alberta can continue to ensure strong trade ties that will help generate jobs for millions of Albertans and Americans.

Premier Notley met with leaders from the oil and gas industry this morning in Calgary. She will meet with agriculture and agri-food sectors this afternoon, and will meet with representatives from the forestry and manufacturing sectors on Feb. 17 in Edmonton.

“Alberta has a long history of working collaboratively and beneficially with the U.S. These roundtable discussions demonstrate our province’s commitment to continuing our mutually beneficial relationship to create jobs and grow the economy on both sides of the border.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

Premier Notley also announced today that she will travel to Washington, D.C., at the end of the month to advocate for Alberta’s key business sectors and promote the importance of Alberta-U.S. relations to both jurisdictions.

Quick facts

  • Alberta and the U.S. benefit from a longstanding and productive trade relationship
  • Trade between Alberta and the U.S. is considerable – it totalled more than $100 billion in 2015
  • $80.6 billion worth of goods was exported from Alberta to the U.S. in 2015
  • That same year, Alberta imports to the U.S. totalled $19.7 billion or more than 2/3 of Alberta’s total international imports
  • Main export industries from the U.S. to Alberta include:
    • agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
    • mining and oil and gas extraction
    • utilities
    • manufacturing

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