Canada’s Western premiers welcomed the election of Justin Trudeau as Canada’s next prime minister, saying the change is an opportunity to create a more collaborative working relationship between federal and provincial governments.
BC Premier Christy Clark says that she looks forward to working with Mr. Trudeau. “I know that [Mr.Trudeau] and British Columbians share our hope to build a strong economy and create jobs across the country,” she said. Negotiating a new softwood lumber deal, infrastructure development and increased trade are all priorities for BC, but the top priority remains the development of LNG in BC, said Premier Clark – who also ruled out running for the federal Conservative leadership.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who jousted frequently and publicly with Stephen Harper and his government, said she looks forward to what she hopes will be a new and more productive relationship with the federal government. “I look forward to working collaboratively with [Mr. Trudeau] to build a strong Alberta within a strong Canada,” Premier Notley said. Infrastructure spending, which is expected to be the focus of next week’s Alberta provincial budget, and tackling climate change are Alberta’s top priorities, along with health care and First Nations reconciliation, Premier Notley said.
Mr. Trudeau’s election was also welcomed by Western Canada mayors. Calgary Mayor Naheen Nenshi said the Liberal victory bodes well for Calgary’s Green Line and flood mitigation project. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says the election result will be boost city efforts to improve infrastructure, transit, and housing. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said Mr. Trudeau’s promises to support the Broadway subway extension and re-open the Kitsilano Coast Guard base will benefit the city.