We are ’resource-plus’: Naheed Nenshi not happy with Trudeau’s rebranding of Canada in Davos – by Annalise Klingbeil (National Post – January 21, 2016)


Calgary’s mayor and the prime minister clashed over how resources will fit into Canada’s new Trudeau-era economy at an economic forum in Switzerland on Wednesday.

While Justin Trudeau said he wants Canada to be known for its resourcefulness, not its resources, during a keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi disagreed.

Nenshi said he wouldn’t have used the same language as Trudeau, and instead Calgary’s mayor dubbed the future of the Canadian economy as “resource-plus.”

“We are a resource economy. Our biggest export is still energy and I do not see a path where that does not continue to be the case, so clearly we need to do what we can on market access,” Nenshi said.

Nenshi told reporters at the meeting in Davos that market access was “being discussed in every corner in this place.”

“The two most likely pipeline projects are both entirely in Canada – Trans Mountain and Energy East – and Energy East in particular supplies Alberta energy to the rest of Canada,” he said.

“So, yes, social licence is required within our own country, but we also need to see action from this federal government about what’s happening in Canada and I look forward to that happening.”

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