Advancing competitiveness on the agenda as western Premiers meet in Vancouver

Advancing western priorities and strengthening cooperation on energy, environment and the economy will be Premier Ed Stelmach’s focus at the Western Premiers’ Conference in Vancouver, June 15 and 16.

“The west is Canada’s energy heartland and the most dynamic economic region in the country,” said Premier Stelmach. “Our cooperation at home is vital to a strong performance in the global marketplace. This is an opportunity to reinforce Alberta’s leadership in clean energy production and to discuss strategies that will strengthen our competitive edge.”

During the conference, Stelmach intends to emphasize the importance of sound fiscal planning in support of the long-term economic growth as well as lead a discussion on issues important to Western Canada’s economic recovery such as immigration. Premier Stelmach will also discuss the issue of Senate elections, seeking to share perspectives with western jurisdictions.

Canada-U.S. relations will also be an important topic at the conference. The Premiers will meet via teleconference with Canadian and U.S. Ambassadors to discuss federal priorities in the two countries and the impacts on the provinces and territories. In addition, the Premiers will be examining common interests on a number of issues, including North American climate change strategy, trade and agricultural concerns.

“The U.S. remains Alberta’s and Canada’s top trading partner, said Stelmach. “It is critical that we continue engaging U.S. decision-makers to secure market access for our products while seeking out new areas and opportunities for cooperation.”

Also attending the conference will be Premiers from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.

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