Municipal leaders from across Western Canada advocated for quick actions to be taken by the federal government in its upcoming budget.
Members of the Western Economic Solutions Taskforce met on Feb. 11.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly took part in the meeting on behalf of the federal government.
The first is creating a program supporting faster reclamation of abandoned oil and gas wells alongside efforts to address regulatory environment and industry liability.
The second is reimbursing farmers for the cost of the carbon tax on grain drying.
The final recommendation is implementing the infrastructure minister’s mandate letter committing to create a new infrastructure fund for communities in oil and gas regions.
Clark said several other topics were discussed including market access, tensions between energy and climate policies, supporting diversification and investing in local infrastructure.
He added the task force would be making a full range of concrete recommendations to Ottawa in the coming months.