The Interim Leader of the United Conservative Party was in Fort McMurray as part of his province wide tour.
On Tuesday, Nathan Cooper went across the community – meeting with different residents, discussing the recovery, while promoting a new campaign which looks to support Alberta oil.
Earlier in the week, the UCP started their “Buy Alberta Oil” campaign which looks to gain support for the sector from different politicians such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and all Premiers across Canada.
Cooper tells Mix News they will be promoting through an old, re-created billboard design from Southern Alberta.
“That message of ‘Where Quality Counts – Buy Alberta Oil’ from the late 40’s is still relevant today, 75 years later and I think we all have a responsibility to get that message out and to communicate to our friends and neighbours as well as those across the country that when Alberta’s economy is strong – our nation is strong.”
So far, Cooper notes the Leader of the Official Opposition Andrew Scheer has received his own sign, displaying it in his office. The signs are also being sent to some well-known activists such as Leonardo DiCaprio, James Cameron, and Jane Fonda.
He adds the main reason for the campaign is to raise awareness to the struggles in the sector, while supporting local oil first.
“I think we all have a responsibility to speak positively about our energy industry,” added Cooper. “We’ve all been affected in one capacity by the energy industry and we have a responsibility to get the good message out.”
Cooper notes, when it comes to the future of the oilsands, the government needs to do what it can to ensure they have the “right regulatory framework.”