Premier Ed Stelmach is returning from Ottawa this week after meeting with Canada’s premiers and receiving little more than a pledge to work together to solve ongoing problems.
As a high Canadian dollar takes a toll on industries as varied as oil drilling to manufacturing, the premiers met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper for over four hours this weekend.
They emerged from their business dinner, however, with no concrete plans on how to move forward.
Stelmach said he did feel a sense of genuine commitment to work together after touting the merits of removing provincial trade barriers.
“As Alberta’s economy grows there are many opportunities for Canadian economic growth if we can remove a lot of the trade barriers amongst the provinces,” he told reporters.
He said an agreement already signed by Alberta and British Columbia — set to take effect in April 2009 — is allowing greater mobility between the two provinces in certain professions.
While not committing to regular First Ministers meetings, Harper did agree in a written statement that he wants all governments to work together.