It's easier to get Crown Royal Whisky into Montana than it is to get oil into Montana. That was jokingly suggested on Monday morning by Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer at the Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte.
Doer joined four other ambassadors on a panel Monday morning after they spent the previous three days touring the state.
Doer says he spends a lot of time in Montana and believes there is a lot of potential for more trade opportunities. But, he says the most obvious involves oil.
U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Doer announced a trade mission from Manitoba to the oil fields in the Bakken region of eastern Montana will happen in November.
They hope that Canadian companies will help provide services from housing to waste disposal to vehicle repairs to an area that's growing so fast, it's difficult to keep up with the demands of an enormous workforce in eastern Montana and western North Dakota.
Canadian companies plan to tour the oil region on November 6th.
Baucus told the crowd, "More than 23,000 Montana jobs depend on trade with Canada. I'm excited to see how we can leverage that partnership to meet the growing needs of workers and communities in the Bakken, while supporting even more Montana jobs in this rapidly-growing region."
The trade mission is being organized through a partnership between the Montana and Manitoba World Trade Centers.