Jim Carr visits Calgary as first stop as federal government’s special representative for the Prairies

In his first trip as the federal government’s special representative for the Prairies, Jim Carr will speak in Calgary today.

The Winnipeg South Centre MP will take part in what’s described as a “curated discussion” at an event hosted by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. 

  • CBC News will livestream the discussion with Carr starting shortly after noon MT / 2 p.m. ET

The local business association says the discussion will focus on Carr’s “new role, Western Canada’s importance to the Canadian economy, and the path ahead during difficult economic times.”

It will be moderated by chamber president Sandip Lalli.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Carr, who was re-elected as the Liberal MP for Winnipeg South Centre in October’s federal election, to the new role after the Liberals failed to win any seats in Alberta or Saskatchewan.

“I will be the prime minister’s eyes and ears and voice in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta,” Carr said, shortly after being appointed to the role in November.

“It’ll be my job to communicate with the prime minister what I hear across those three provinces and convert that, with my colleagues, into policies that are best for the West, and therefore, good for Canada.”

Prior to October’s election, Carr served in the previous federal cabinet as minister of international trade diversification.

He was also minister of natural resources from 2015 to 2018.

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