08/27/2015 18:47 EDT | Updated 08/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, U.S. lawmakers, tour oilsands

EDMONTON — Alberta's environment minister is refuting opposition allegations that she wouldn't meet with a delegation of U.S. lawmakers who toured the oilsands.

Shannon Phillips says she met with the delegation, including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who wants to become the party's presidential candidate in the 2016 U.S. election.

Phillips says it was a productive tour and they all agreed that Canadian energy and the oilsands are part of a strong relationship between the two countries.

The Wildrose opposition accused the NDP of blowing off the delegation.

Phillips says the final details of the meeting weren't confirmed until Wednesday after the delegation had toured a carbon capture facility in Saskatchewan.

Wildrose member Tany Yao says the NDP didn't agree to meet with the delegation until after he offered to play host on behalf of the Alberta government.


The Canadian Press