Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall may have breached the New West trade partnership by trying to lure energy companies to his province.
While in Red Deer to announce a new courthouse for the city, Notley said Wall’s actions this week were unwise and “myopic.”
While Notley ruled out withdrawing from the trade agreement as a result, she said she will carefully consider the province’s response over the coming days.
Wall countered he’s simply letting companies know about the Saskatchewan Party’s investment policies, and said there’s no specific relocation program that would run counter to the spirit of inter-provincial trade deals.
“This is my job, to try and attract permanent new jobs to the province and try and improve our corporate presence,” Wall said.
“I think all provinces will continue to do that and will do that.”
Targeting trade deal unwise: Notley
Notley thinks Saskatchewan businesses should be concerned that their government is taking a swipe at a trade agreement giving them access to a larger market like Alberta — a move she said “doesn’t really demonstrate a great deal of wisdom.”
“If we’re going to grow prosperity throughout Canada, what we need to do as government leaders is invest in growing businesses in our own provinces, not try to steal businesses from other provinces,” Notley said.
“That’s a zero-sum game and it doesn’t help…
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