U.S. Alberta Education Minister Dave Hancock will be logging on some major miles in a plane this week.

The minister, who is already in the United Kingdom on a trade mission with Energy Minister Mel Knight, will be heading to Washington, D.C., Sunday, days before Barack Obama is sworn is as president.

Hancock and Gary Mar, Alberta’s envoy to Washington, will be watching the swearing-in ceremony, along with participating in an inaugural barbecue hosted by the Alberta-Washington office at the Canadian Embassy.

Mar will also be watching the inauguration parade on top of the embassy that’s located along the parade route with a full view of the Capital.

“I am honoured to represent Alberta on this historic day,” said Hancock in a statement. “President-elect Obama has captivated not only his nation, but also the world, and I look forward to seeing him sworn in.”

Hancock said he will also use the opportunity to network with politicians and business leaders.

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