Last week (August 13–17), Airdrie-East MLA Angela Pitt was in Indianapolis, Indiana for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to help Alberta become official members of the group.
Alberta is now the second international partner of the NCSL (the first being Quebec) and MLA Pitt is the elected delegate to represent Alberta.
Pitt called it an amazing trip and very productive for the Alberta taxpayers.
"This partnership really gives us an opportunity to showcase who Alberta is and what Alberta is about and strengthen our relationship with many of our largest trading partners."
According to Pitt, she was selected by Danielle Smith, the Premier of Alberta to attend the conference.
"It's a great honour. I have actually been lobbying the premier's office for about a year since last year's conference to get on board with this type of partnership. Seeing that Quebec was the other international partner at the table, it just makes sense that Alberta is there showcasing who we are and what we do."
With this partnership still fresh and new, they are still trying to figure out exactly how this partnership will work but Pitt is excited for elected U.S. officials to come visit Alberta.
"We have the ability to host delegations here in Alberta to be able to set the record straight on Alberta's energy story, show a tour of the oil sands and the reclamation sites. We can also show off the beautiful Rocky Mountains, our agriculture, our beef industry, and show them where the movie sets are for many of the things that they've been watching back home."
As of right now, according to Pitt, Alberta is Oklahoma's largest trading partner, and she would like to see that happen with other states as well.
"This is about making new friends for the people of Alberta and increasing our gross domestic product (GDP) all day long."
Alberta’s exports to the U.S. totalled US$141.3 billion in 2022.
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