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WASHINGTON (CP) - It would be "politically wise" for Vice-President **** Cheney to visit Alberta's oil sands this fall and show U.S. voters all the benefits of economic spinoffs and a secure energy supply, said Premier Ralph Klein.
After meeting with Cheney at the White House on Wednesday for the third time in several years, Klein said the vice-president is trying to fit a visit to the province into a schedule packed with campaign events leading to November's mid-term elections.
Areas of potential collaboration include labour supply, oil-refining, marketing, research and environmental concerns.
''We need about 30,000 skilled workers, mostly pipefitters, welders, plumbers and carpenters,'' said Klein, who wants U.S. workers to easily have their trades accreditation accepted north of the border.
And U.S. manufacturers could focus more on making products for use in the oil sands, like the giant dump trucks that are assembled in Illinois with huge tires from South Carolina.