Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will likely be arriving in Saskatchewan on Monday morning to go to a rare earth element processing plant.

Saskatoon’s Mayor, Charlie Clark, may even be in attendance.

A test run back in August to create rare earth element ingots in Canada using the Saskatchewan Research Council’s (SRC) rare earth processing facility was successful.

The SRC noted the rare earth processing facility could have the potential to provide enough magnets to provide as much as 300,000 electric vehicles per yr.

In response to the SRC, these ingots are the primary rare earth element ingots produced in Canada.

The Government of Saskatchewan said this three-stage rare earth processing facility will likely be the primary of its kind in North America, and products from the ability will likely be available on the market internationally in 2024.

Premier Scott Moe said he was disenchanted to search out out concerning the visit, noting he wasn’t aware that Trudeau was coming.

“It’s disappointing because that is an area that the provincial and federal governments see eye to eye on, yet we weren’t aware of the prime minister’s visit. Saskatchewan has been advocating for increased investment on this area, and we hope that the prime minister could have positive news today — and into the longer term — on our applications before Natural Resources Canada,” Moe said Monday.

“It’s not surprising as I led a Saskatchewan delegation in Washington, D.C., last month, where I met with various levels of President Biden’s administration and discussed the opportunities Saskatchewan has to partner with the USA on providing the weather required for North American energy security. It’s also not surprising that one in all the prime minister’s first visits following his meetings with the American and Mexican presidents is to a Saskatchewan facility, as our province is a world leader in critical minerals and rare earth elements.”

“I welcome Prime Minister Trudeau to Saskatchewan, and hope that he recognizes Saskatchewan’s potential in not only making a stronger Canada but a stronger North America during his time in our province today.”

More to return.


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