A report released by CBC today stated Saskatchewan proposes talks with Alberta officials over licence plates take place in Medicine Hat instead of Lloydminster, which took the Lloydminster Construction Association (LCA) by surprise.
The LCA has offered to host discussions in Lloydminster on Jan. 31 where affected construction workers from both provinces are present.
“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” said John Winter, vice-president of LCA, hosting the Connecting With Opportunities Forum today at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds.
He said he’s not quite sure how to react when asked about the news report by the Source.
“I will have to do some research and see what their motives are,” he said, adding he hasn’t heard a word from Saskatchewan or Alberta since offering to host the two parties.
Talks would be aimed at resolving a dispute over construction workers from both provinces having to get plates from the other province for infrastructure work.
According to CBC, the proposal to meet in Medicine Hat would shave 65 kilometres off the drive from Regina, but would add about 250 kilometres for Alberta officials driving from Edmonton.
Winter says it’s easier logistically to get everybody together in Lloydminster, calling it “the half way point for each guy.”
Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers said he welcomes the chance to meet with officials from both provinces to cut red tape in our Border City any time he can.
“It’s the opportunity for us as the mayor and council to highlight to the ministers some of the challenges we face,” he said.
He said as mayor, he’s invited every minister and the two premiers to visit the city.
“Every opportunity we have to showcase Lloydminster to the respective ministers, I think it’s very important because of the experience I’ve had so far as mayor is, whenever we’ve had a minister, here they seem after our discussions to get a much better understanding of what our issues are here.”