Alberta Premier Danielle Smith heading to Washington, D.C. Wednesday


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After meeting with federal counterparts in Ottawa earlier this week, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith will be heading stateside to visit with U.S. lawmakers Wednesday.

Smith is scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with U.S. senators to promote Alberta’s energy industry and environmental technologies, including carbon capture, utilization and storage, methane, geothermal and biofuels, the province said in a Tuesday news release. Smith, who will be travelling with six staff members, is scheduled to then attend a congressional reception hosted by the Canadian American Business Council and WestJet.

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On Thursday, Smith is scheduled for a meeting with Canada’s ambassador to the United States, Kirsten Hillman, at the Canadian Embassy, followed by a news conference. She will meet again with U.S. senators and attend a meeting with North American labour leaders to end the day.

This will be Smith’s first visit to Washington, D.C.

“Alberta is, and has always been, a friend to the United States. We share a common mission to ensure North American energy security and a reliable energy grid,” Smith said in the release. “I am looking forward to sharing how our province strives to be the most credible, responsible supplier of energy in a decarbonizing world, and the successes we have achieved as we grow our economy while reducing emissions.”

The premier’s office declined to share all the details of who the premier is meeting with until at least after the trip is completed.

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On Monday, Smith was in Ottawa to mark the opening of a government office intended to help advance the province’s priorities and fortify federal-provincial ties, the Alberta government said in a news release. It said the office would “help create stronger relationships with governments in Ottawa and across Canada while increasing the province’s advocacy on matters of importance to Albertans.”

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In an afternoon news conference, Smith defended her plans to restrict medical treatment for trans youth amidst fierce criticism from advocacy and medical groups. Liberal Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault said Smith is pushing “draconian” measures on some of the province’s most vulnerable youth.

Before embarking to Washington, Smith hosted a finance industry roundtable Tuesday and attended a meeting with the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Canada. She also met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

— with files from The Canadian Press


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