Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland to visit Grande Prairie, Peace River

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland will make stops in Grande Prairie and Peace River this week as part of a trip through Alberta.

Freeland told reporters about her planned visit on Monday in Edmonton, according to EverythingGP.com. She will be in Peace River on Jan. 8 to speak to the Chamber of Commerce's annual general meeting, according to River Country FM.

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Freeland's office could not immediately say whether her trip will extend into the B.C. Peace Country.

Freeland has Alberta roots; she was born in Peace River and is currently a Toronto-based MP.

She was given the high-profile assignments of deputy prime minister and minister for intergovernmental affairs to help smooth Ottawa's relationship with the West. 

The Liberals managed to hold on to power during October's election, but were reduced to a minority mandate and were shut out of Alberta and Saskatchewan. There is anger in the oil-producing Prairie provinces over what some believe is their outsized contribution to Confederation and a lack of federal support for the petroleum sector. 

Freeland was in Edmonton on Monday to meet with Mayor Don Iveson, where the two discusssed Alberta's interests in Confederation, the new Canada-U.S.-Mexico trade deal, and social problems in the Alberta capital.

On Tuesday, Freeland met with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and discussed Alberta's carbon tax on large emitters and methane regulations, among other topics. She was scheduled to meet with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi later in the day.

— with files from the Canadian Press

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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