EDMONTON – Premier Jason Kenney is urging federal cabinet ministers with portfolios of interest to Alberta to listen to the province’s concerns and to take them seriously.
He says in a statement that his government is willing to work with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his new cabinet to address issues the province red-flagged following last month’s federal election.
The Liberals did not win a seat in Alberta after nabbing four in the 2015 vote and talk of western alienation has grown.
In particular, I look forward to working with @jimcarr_wpg in his new role as Special Representative for the Prairies, @cafreeland as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, & @SeamusORegan as Minister of Natural Resources.
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) November 20, 2019
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, equalization payments and federal laws that Kenney says hurt Alberta’s energy industry have all been brought up as concerns Ottawa must address.
The province is also challenging the federal carbon tax in court.
He says his United Conservative government will continue to push for what he calls a fair deal for Alberta within Canada.