Conservative interim Leader Candice Bergen has headed to Washington, D.C., to meet with American politicians and encourage Canada-US relations.
“At a time when Canadians and Americans are seeing record inflation causing the cost of everything to go up, it is more important than ever that we work with our American counterparts to ensure that trade disputes and buy-American policies don’t increase the cost of living further,” said Bergen in a press release.
The press release said Canada and the US have a historic alliance based on similar values and economies.
Bergen will be travelling to Washington with Conservative MP Randy Hoback to discuss issues such as Canada-US trade, the Canada-US border, and energy.
It said Bergen will be meeting with Canadian Ambassador to the United States Kirsten Hillman, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and several members of the House of Representatives. She will be holding further meetings with members of the US Chamber of Commerce and Canadian-American Business Council CEO Maryscott Greenwood.
Bergen arrived in Washington on Thursday and will return to Canada on Monday.
“Conservatives know when we work together, our two countries can be leaders in supplying the world with our natural resources, energy, and critical minerals,” she said.
“Conservatives will work to help provide solutions that create and protect good jobs, and make life more affordable for Canadians in all parts of the country.”
This trip comes after American senators said they will study ways to strengthen the energy and mineral partnership between Canada and the US.
The US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing in Washington on Tuesday to look into this partnership.
Opening remarks will be made by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who travelled to Alberta in April to speak about energy security in North America. Manchin has invited Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to testify at the committee.