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The mayor also welcomed the commitment to infrastructure spending.
“The details will come in the budget, but these are the best ways to get people back to work and also ensure the quality of life for people in cities,” Nenshi said.
Calgary Economic Development CEO Mary Moran added that “the devil is in the details” for how the federal government delivers on the priorities they’ve outlined.
But she said the acknowledgment of the energy sector and its future role is encouraging.
“Frankly, when it comes to natural resources and particularly energy, let’s be real: they’re talking about Alberta and Calgary,” she said. “I think (the federal government’s) narrative is a little closer to what the narrative is coming out of Alberta.”
Moran said having city, provincial and federal governments align is important for building economic recovery.
“The fact they’ve acknowledged the same things we’re acknowledging is really important — talent, innovation, business environment . . . the opportunity for climate and energy to co-exist.”
Business groups react
The Business Council of Alberta echoed support for including natural resources in a Canada-wide strategy for economic recovery.
But in a statement, they added that they also have concerns about the cost of the government’s “expansive” plan.
“In fact, half of this plan would be ambitious in any parliamentary agenda and was fairly light on the specific priorities of Canadians, including how to get the economy back on track, create jobs and establish a safe way of living with COVID for the foreseeable future,” the statement said.