Stelmach says Obama energy plan is ’good news’ for province, Canada

CALGARY — The premier of oil-rich Alberta has given the thumbs-up to a U.S. plan to become less reliant on foreign crude.

CALGARY — The premier of oil-rich Alberta has given the thumbs-up to a U.S. plan to become less reliant on foreign crude.

President Barack Obama says he wants to cut American oil imports by one-third by 2025, but Canada will continue to be a key partner.

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach says it’s good news that Obama recognizes Canada as a safe, stable supplier of oil.

He says the relationship is important economically to Canada, bringing in billions in tax revenue and supporting thousands of jobs.

Tom Huffaker, a vice-president at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, is also encouraged by Obama’s remarks.

He says Obama’s specific mention of Canada shows that the United States sees our country as part of the solution, not part of the problem.