Jim Prentice wraps up U.S. trip with speech in New York

The Alberta premier advocated for the Keystone XL pipeline in a speech to the Foreign Policy Association on Friday
The Alberta premier made a speech to the Harvard Club in New York City on Friday 2:41

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice wrapped-up his week-long travels to the United States with a speech at the Harvard Club of New York on Friday.

Prentice made his pitch for the Keystone XL pipeline during the Foreign Policy Association Statesman Luncheon where he spoke about the future of the North American energy industry.

“This is a project which creates jobs, which is environmentally supportable, which is in the best interests, in the national interests, of both Canada and the United States,” he told the room full of bankers and investors

This week, Prentice has met with policymakers and politicians in Washington, New York and Trenton, where he met with New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie. He was also interviewed by a number of American media outlets including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.

Prentice says making these kind of appearances are an important part of spreading Alberta’s message about the need for the Keystone project.

"This is certainly vital to our interests and I intend to be heard,” he said.

“I intend to make sure that the voices of Albertans are heard in Washington, in New York. They haven't been heard in the past always and I'm going to make sure that happens."

Although Prentice wrapped up his week-long trip on Friday, he plans to return to Washington in a couple of weeks to attend a meeting of governors from across the United States.

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