Wynne, Couillard to Call for National Energy Strategy at Premiers Conference

In light of recently strengthened partnership between the Quebec Premier, Philippe Couillard, and Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, the latter is hoping to benefit from Quebec’s plentiful hydro power to light up Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire development and revive talks for a national energy strategy. Wynne and Couillard have recently formed a central Canadian alliance to co-operate on related issues and bring prosperity back to their provinces.

All premiers from each province in Canada are anticipated to meet at the Council of the Federation in Prince Edward Island on Aug. 26, when she and Mr. Couillard hope to come to the table with a “shared position” on a Canadian energy strategy. Prior to Mr. Couillard’s government in Quebec, the former separatist government straightforwardly refused to participate in a Canada-wide strategy. However, Ms. Wynne recently mentioned during an interview that “it’s a different situation when there’s a strong federalist premier in Quebec.”

In addition to that, the newly formed alliance also vows to potentially increase electricity trade between the two provinces. It was highlighted that Northern Ontario is in dire need of infrastructure to help develop the Ring of Fire, since it can generate thousands of jobs in the province and about $60-billion to its economy. Consequently, Ms. Wynne mentioned in her remarks that “I am open to practical solutions” since “If we can find a way to get a great deal for Ontarians by increasing our capacity, by increasing our partnership with Quebec, then we’ll look at that.”

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