Zimmer Meets Trump’s Transition Team
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies Conservative MP Bob Zimmer is fresh back from a trip to Washington DC where he met with senior members of President Donald Trump’s new administration.
He said his goal was to re-establish relationships with members of congress and senators in Trump’s transition team to help ensure the Canada/US trade relationship remains strong.
Of note was a chance meeting he had with recently confirmed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the National Prayer Breakfast.
“Rex was sitting at a table over from me and I’d noticed that and so I wanted to talk to him and thank him for Keystone and I also wanted to thank him for continuing with the great relationship with their largest trade partner, Canada.”
With all the focus on Mexico, did he get the sense Canada was even on their radar?
“I think the way he looked at me was he was appreciative of my comments and they weren’t a surprise. I think they get it. We’re the largest trading relationship in the world. A guy like Rex Tillerson, who’s close to the resource sector, absolutely knows that.”
He adds it’s still early to know exactly where the relationship is headed though he noted Trump’s team seems intent on growing their industry.
“They want to open up certain lands that have not been open for – what we would call crown land in Canada – their public lands,” says Zimmer.
“I think they want to open up some fibre to be utilized in the public lands of the U.S. So, I think we should be prepared for that.”