Premier Alison Redford speaks to the media at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta on Friday, May 25, 2012
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Discussions of Western Canada's energy and labour needs will continue Tuesday inside Edmonton's historic Hotel Macdonald where Premier Alison Redford is hosting the 2012 Western Premiers' Conference - without B.C. Premier Christy Clark.
But the annual meeting will bring together the leaders of three of the four western provinces: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and, of course, Redford.
Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod, Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski and Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak will also be in attendance.
"Western premiers will be looking for ways our governments can work together to help meet common challenges, such as meeting the growing labour force needs of the economy," said Redford.
The premiers will tackle topics of mutual interest to advance "western priorities."
The conference, taking place over Monday and Tuesday, will focus on the energy sector as well as the "need for a Canadian Energy Strategy." The leaders will also discuss ways to strengthen communities and engage the not-for-profit sector.
Redford said Western Canada is a "key driver of the national economy that is strengthened by the region's innovation, prosperity and expertise."
"I look forward to working with my colleagues to address those issues that affect all of us as Canadians," said Redford.
It's the first time the conference has been held in Alberta since 2005 when it was co-hosted with Saskatchewan in Lloydminster during both provinces centennial celebrations.