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Premier announces the City and County will host the 2018 Alberta Summer Games

Rachel Notley announced this afternoon that the County of Grande Prairie will host the 2018 Alberta Summer Games. Speaking at the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce luncheon, she spoke on Tourism.

“It is the right time to encourage Albertans to explore their own province. Grande Prairie has no shortage of attractions to draw them. The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, which opened it’s doors last fall, is only the latest. Partly with the help of provincial funding, it housing some age old wonders…However, I can say that Grande Prairie has even more to get excited about. I am delighted today to announce that Grande Prairie will get another major attraction. The city has been selected to host the 2018 Alberta summer games.”

Notley also spoke on pipelines with comments about people out east receptive to the idea. She says she was able to attend a dinner put on by an environmental groups and spoke on the need for pipelines.

“They are getting, increasingly, the fundamental the linkage between the health of our energy industry here, our ability to get our product to market, and the overall Canadian economy.”

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Renewable energy was also a topic, Notley spoke on ways to support the increase of this type of energy. She explains that the goal is to be more reliant on this type of energy in Alberta.

“The idea is to create a market for greater renewable energy producers here in Alberta.”

Infrastructure, forestry, and agriculture were also touched on at the lunch.

Chair of the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce Felix Seiler says it was great to have the Premier here but he wants to hear a sense of urgency.

“We need to work together, not just as a province, as a country. Energy needs to be a priority.”

He explains that there are billions of dollars in equipment not being used and he wants to get people into jobs. Excitement comes with the hosting the Summer Games in two years but Seiler says two years down the road is far away.

“We really need to focus on what is going to happen in the next couple of months.”

As soon as Notley was finished at the luncheon, she went over to Peace River. She is set to announce the flood mitigation results this afternoon out of the town.

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