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March 5, 2012
Edmonton… Mel Knight, MLA for Grande Prairie-Smoky, travels to Washington, D.C. March 7-11 to represent Alberta at the Energy Council’s 2012 Federal Energy and Environmental Matters Conference.
Building on Premier Alison Redford’s mission, Knight will promote Alberta as a responsible energy producer and secure economic partner at the conference, which is co-hosted by the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.“The U.S. continues to be our largest and most important export market, and we are taking every opportunity to deepen our trade and investment relationship with our U.S. neighbours,” said Knight. “We need to reinforce the message that we are an environmentally responsible, stable and reliable supplier of energy.”
Knight will attend a number of policy sessions including oil and gas taxation, economics and national security, trade, environmental protection and industry regulation.
“I look forward to meeting with our U.S. counterparts and for the opportunity to highlight our position on energy and trade matters,” said Knight. “Alberta’s membership in PNWER and the Energy Council as well as Alberta’s participation in meetings like this gives the province the opportunity to strengthen its relationship with key U.S. decision makers.”
Knight will also attend the PNWER Arctic Caucus roundtable with Governors, Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives and discuss the Alaska Northern Waters Task Force, the development of an Alaska Arctic Strategy, Canada’s role in the Arctic Council and future collaborative opportunities.
PNWER is a regional multilateral forum that brings together legislative, government and private sector leaders from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The organization advances public policies that promote the economies of the region. It seeks to build stronger economic links among jurisdictions in the Pacific Northwest, facilitate trade and address regional issues.
The estimated cost of the mission, including travel, accommodation and meals for Knight is $2,700.
Backgrounder: MLA Mel Knight’s itinerary
Media inquiries may be directed to:
Janice Tuff, Communications
Intergovernmental, International and
MLA for Grande Prairie-Smoky
Legislature Office: 780-415-9470
Constituency Office: 780-513-1233
To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.
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