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On February 3rd, leaders of the Building Trades of Alberta (BTA) hosted a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi and Alberta MP Randy Boissonnault. The hour-long discussion included topics such as infrastructure spending, expedited Employment Insurance reform, the Trans Pacific Partnership, pipelines and access to markets. The focus was on how they can work together to create jobs in the current economic climate and strategize around opportunities for apprentices to complete their training programs.
The unveiling of the Petrochemical Diversification Program by the Provincial Government and the federal government’s plan to expedite infrastructure spending were some of the positive steps for the building trades. The BTA, federal government and the Provincial Government are committed to open communication, dialogues, inclusion and collaboration on these issues in the months and years ahead.