Provincial tensions with federal government easing, Kenney, Moe suggest


Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan's Scott Moe say they see signs that tensions in their relationship with Ottawa are beginning to ease.

The two premiers are part of a delegation that's in Washington today to celebrate the U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement and promote trade and investment priorities with their American counterparts.

Also in town is Chrystia Freeland, the Alberta-born deputy prime minister tapped by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to lead an outreach campaign after the Liberals were shut out of Alberta and Saskatchewan in last year's federal election.

Kenney and Moe agree that Freeland's efforts have made a tangible difference in relations between the federal Liberal government and the provinces since the October vote.

They also believe the federal Liberals are coming to better understand the importance of Western Canada's interests and the role the health of the energy sector plays in keeping the country united.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs are also part of the delegation, which is meeting with state leaders at the winter gathering of the National Governors Association.