Notley gives first big Calgary business speech to big, but quiet, crowd

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has delivered her first big speech to Calgary's business community.

CALGARY — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has delivered her first big speech to Calgary’s business community.

But it’s not clear she managed to calm any jitters in the white-collar heart of the oilpatch, which has seen scores of layoffs as a result of the steep drop in oil prices.

Notley reiterated her government’s approach to climate change, royalties and market access to a crowd of more than 1,500.

She also said that once again she’ll be voting for NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in the upcoming federal election, but that she will work with whoever is prime minister after Oct. 19.

Her remarks were greeted by a smattering of polite applause, but Notley says she doesn’t perceive that as a cool reception or a slight.

Adam Legge, who heads up the Chamber of Commerce, says Notley was in a tight spot because there wasn’t much specific she could say to allay concerns with a provincial budget coming on Oct. 27.

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