(Tracy Johnson, – CBC News)
For the first two-and-half days of the CERAweek energy conference in Houston, Canada didn’t make many waves. If you played a drinking game and took a shot every time Canada was mentioned on the main ballroom stage, you’d have been still sober midway through the week.
But beginning with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr late Wednesday afternoon, Canada’s full-court press began. After speaking at a Canada-focused breakfast earlier in the week and meeting with more than a dozen regional executives and politicians, Carr took the main stage and talked up the Canadian vision of energy development to a decent-sized crowd.
Carr mentioned job creation and pipeline approval, pricing carbon and respecting First Nations communities.
Then the big gun came to town. Prime Minister Trudeau spoke to packed room of around 1,200 energy executives and other leaders on Thursday night and completely charmed them. They clapped when he spoke in French, when he mentioned pipeline approvals, even when he talked about putting a price on carbon – albeit less loudly on that last point. Click here to read more.