One of the most powerful lawmakers in the United States is going to hear about the Alberta oilsands from both supporters and detractors.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other U.S. officials are meeting Canada’s environment minister and the premiers of three provinces at a private dinner at the U.S.

embassy in Ottawa. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he won’t waste an opportunity to promote free trade to Pelosi, the third-ranking politician in the U.S.

“I think we should take every chance we can to make the case for freer trade, to make the case against American protectionism,” Wall said.

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach wants to assure Pelosi that his province’s oilsands are being developed responsibly. “Our goal there is to appeal to her sense of reason, to communicate very clearly that we continue to be focused on environmental improvement in developing the oilsands,” Stelmach said yesterday.

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