Alberta appoints new Washington envoy to boost $100-billion export market

CALGARY – Rogers Communications vice-president and former Edmonton MP James Rajotte will be Alberta’s new representative in Washington, D.C., where he will advocate for Alberta’s economic interests and the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced the appointment on Friday noting the province needs strong representation in Washington, where it ships $100-billion worth of goods, or 90 per cent of the province’s total exports. “The crisis in our energy industry underscores the need for Albertans to have strong relations with policy makers and business leaders in the United States,” Kenney said.

Kenney and Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage also announced the first $100 million of a total of $1 billion in federal money allocated to clean up old oil and gas wells in the province would begin flowing to oilfield services companies on May 1. The program is part of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and is expected to put 5,300 people back to work.

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