Diversification in Whitecourt - Ste. Anne

Mr. Carlier visiting Paddle Plastics, a plastic products manufacturer in Mayerthorpe

Diversification is one of our biggest undertakings at the moment. Whitecourt-Ste. Anne, with its abundant resources is well positioned to take advantage of that diversification. Oil and gas will become more diversified, but so will the other two major industries in Alberta, Agriculture and Forestry.

As the largest of our renewable sectors, both have a lot to contribute by way of value added products. Research in forestry and agriculture will allow us to continue being world leaders in new wood and agriculture products.

The Climate Change Leadership Plan will allow for increased innovation in the use of bio-fuels and green electricity generation. There are already some exciting things happening in the district that demonstrate to the world that we take climate change seriously and will do something about it. Whitecourt-Ste. Anne will have a large role to play in the new green economy.

As we continue to invest in the future of this great province, we will strive to diversify our economy, so as to ensure that those in Whitecourt-Ste. Anne finding the current economic times tough will be able to look forward to a bright future.