It was a busy weekend for Scott Moe.
Saskatchewan’s Premier was in Scottsdale, Arizona this past weekend, representing the province at the North American Governors and Premiers Summit, his first trip of this nature.
Moe said on the whole it was a productive session, engaging with American and Mexican lawmakers and various organizations on key topics affecting the three countries, including NAFTA.
He said on the whole, all parties agreed the deal had done considerable good.
“It’s definitely due for an update, but not a re-write,” acknowledged Moe. “There was a lot of advocacy to continue with what’s working with respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement.”
Also in attendance at the meetings was Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, the only other Canadian represented.
Moe said they both continued their discussions about the importance of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and getting their energy products to market, noting one company’s Saskatchewan ties as evidence of his point.
“$20 billion investment in the potash industry over the last number of years has resulted in Canpotex being the largest shipper of potash out of the port of Oregon,” he said. “They have three ports that they utilize, two here in Canada, one in Oregon. They’re the largest shipper of product out of the port of Oregon, to some 40 countries all around the world.”
“That’s all made possible by investment initially here in the province of Saskatchewan.”
Furthermore, Moe pointed out Canpotex is a good, strong example of how investment in one area of North America can reap rewards in another part.