MLA Allen to represent Alberta at U.S. conference
Jul 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm in News by tyler.king
Local MLA Mike Allen is heading south of the border to represent the provincial government.
He’s been chosen to head to the annual meeting of the U.S. Council of State Governments Midwest next week.
That’s a group of 11 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Allen says it’s a big opportunity.
“There’s a lot of discussion going on about energy, international trade, as well as new technologies being used,” he said. “This is really an opportunity to deepen our trade and investment relationship with them.”
It’s the third year Alberta’s been represented as an affiliate member of the council.
Allen says the fact that he represents the heart of the oilsands will make it easier to bring that message south.
“It allows me to bring some anecdotal experience, from what it’s like to live in a high growth community,” he said. “Certainly, they’re experiencing that in some communities in North Dakota now.”
He also says it’s a new role for him – but an exciting one.
“This actually makes me part of the Canada-U.S. relations committee,” he explained. “So this is about strengthening those ties, building new relationships; one of the Premier’s goals is to work to secure Alberta’s economic future, and this is just one more step towards that.”
The conference runs from July 15-18 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Published July 12, 2012