Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall had energy on the mind at a keynote he gave at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Annual Summit, as oil, coal and uranium were all main talking points.
After speaking to delegates about the importance of tending the U.S.-Canada relationship while still diversifying trade to Asian markets, Wall said the province has the potential to become one of Canada’s next energy players telling media uranium could be a “bit of a game changer,” for Saskatchewan.
“If you produce 20 per cent of the world’s uranium and, like I said today, if five per cent of the lights that will turn on in America tonight are really being turned on because of our uranium—you’re an energy player.”
Wall also touched on how the dialogue between the U.S. and Canada is important as terms like “dirty Canadian oil,” pose problems for Saskatchewan.
“If the Keystone debate has American’s using terms like ‘dirty Canadian oil’ that does impact us, because that’s Canada’s brand,” said Wall, noting later, “People think in this country, perhaps they do—that the Obama administration is good for Canada, at least that’s the sense I have—the facts say something else.”