October 20, 2015 12:19 am
Updated: October 20, 2015 2:54 pm

Alberta premier looks forward to working with Prime Minister designate Trudeau

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks during a business luncheon in Montrel, Monday, September 28, 2015.

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EDMONTON – Alberta premier Rachel Notley congratulated Liberal leader Justin Trudeau on his victory in a statement Monday night.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with him to build a strong Alberta within a strong Canada,” Notley said.

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The Liberals swept nearly all of Atlantic Canada by the time polls closed in Ontario, Quebec, the Prairies and Alberta. In Ontario, the Liberals picked up more than 20 seats held by the Conservatives. Global News declared a Liberal majority government.

Three days ago, Notley said she still thought Tom Mulcair was the best choice for prime minister, although she said she would be happy to work with any of the three major leaders.

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“As leaders, we need to work together to build important infrastructure, strengthen our health care system, address climate change and develop a respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples,” said Notley. “By growing our economy and protecting the environment, we can continue to make Alberta and Canada a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

“I would also like to acknowledge and thank all the Alberta candidates who worked tirelessly during this election campaign. No matter what your political stripes, you have demonstrated to Albertans the importance of democracy.”

On Tuesday, Notley said she had a “quick discussion” with Trudeau the night before.

“I know that the prime minister’s platform talked about meeting with provincial partners within 90 days…I’m hopeful that we’re able to do some of that in advance.”

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“Certainly the majority of Canadians did appear to vote for a platform that talked about protecting and properly funding health care, about investing in infrastructure, about talking action on climate change and about renewing our relationship with indigenous Canadians,” said Notley. “With that, there is a tremendous amount of overlap with the position that our government has taken.”

Wildrose leader Brian Jean also congratulated Trudeau on the “decisive election,” praising the Liberals for their “well-run campaign.”

He said he looks forward to working with the new Prime Minister and all Alberta’s MPs to discuss key priorities for Alberta.

“I commend Stephen Harper on his leadership and vision for the country over the past decade,” said Jean. “He is leaving Canada a stronger and more economically stable country than when he started. It was an honour to serve under his strong leadership.”

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