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Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan will hold a conference call on Thursday with his U.S. and Mexico counterparts in advance of the G20 energy ministers meeting on Friday.

“A meeting of G20 energy ministers is being planned for Friday. Canada will participate, and has been actively consulting with provinces, Canadian companies, and workers, ahead of this meeting,” Mr. O’Regan’s communications director Carlene Variyan said in a statement.

The North American energy ministers are meeting to work out a game plan for the Group of 20 talks in response to demands from Saudi Arabia and Russia for the United States and Canada to cut production to help prop up oil prices.

The trilateral discussions will take place on Thursday, at the same time that Alberta will be joining OPEC talks also being held in advance of the G20 meeting.

A senior government official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the discussions, played down any suggestion that Canada would go along with further production cuts.

The federal official noted that Alberta had faced production curtailment of 300,000 barrels a day, but that has now fallen to 80,000 barrels a day. However, the official added that Alberta has the jurisdiction to order a curtailment of production but there has been no indication from Premier Jason Kenney that he would propose further cuts.

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