Forging energy links between Canada and China

The Canadian energy minister visits China for seven days to forge links between Albertan and Chinese energy firms.

Marg McCuaig-Boyd, the Canadian minister for energy in the Alberta cabinet, has been on a seven-day trade visit to China to encourage Chinese investment in the Canadian energy sector.

McCuaig-Boyd, a member of the Alberta New Democratic Party that raised concerns over Chinese investment in the country, met with Chinese government officials and executives from China-based energy firms including the state-owned Chinese National Petroleum Corporation.

In 2012, while in opposition, the New Democratic Party opposed the China National Offshore Oil Company's C$15.1bn ($11.7bn) takeover of gas-company Nexen. However, Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta and leader of the Alberta New Democratic Party, said relationships must be forged between Alberta and Chinese businesses.

On her trip to China, McCuaig-Boyd was joined by representatives of Canada-based energy companies Suncor, Enbridge and MEG Energy, oil and gas company Encana, and oil and gas financial analytics firm EBW.

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