11/09/2016 14:00 EST | Updated 11/10/2017 00:12 EST

Notley congratulates Donald Trump, praises Hillary Clinton in U.S. election

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta will continue to work with the United States and will wait to see if new economic opportunities arise from Donald Trump's election victory.

She also says Hillary Clinton's presidential run was inspiring, but her failed bid reflects that much remains to be done for women in public life.

"There was much hope that we would have seen a female president of the United States for the first time. I think a lot of people were surprised that we didn't," Notley told reporters Wednesday.

"(But) these kinds of issues never go forward on a straight trajectory. It's one of those things: two steps forward, one step back.

"Now (with Clinton's defeat) we're seeing a bit of a step back, but overall I think we're still making progress forward."

Notley said work must continue to promote and celebrate the role of women not only in politics, but in other fields as well.

"I believe that more and more people want to see greater inclusivity in their leadership, whether in the private sector on in the public sector," she said.

"I think this applies not only to women in relation to men, but also to other minority groups."

The Alberta premier also said the province will continue to push for  a pipeline to coastal ports for its oil.