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Western Premiers meet to discuss transportation


November 5, 2014
By Rock to Road

November 5, 2014, Regina, Sask. – New West Partnership
Premiers Brad Wall (Saskatchewan), Jim Prentice (Alberta) and Christy Clark
(British Columbia) are bringing transportation and industry leaders together
this week in Regina to explore how Western Canada’s transportation system can
be strengthened to better move the region’s products to global markets.

November 5, 2014, Regina, Sask. – New West Partnership
Premiers Brad Wall (Saskatchewan), Jim Prentice (Alberta) and Christy Clark
(British Columbia) are bringing transportation and industry leaders together
this week in Regina to explore how Western Canada’s transportation system can
be strengthened to better move the region’s products to global markets.

 

“Our three provinces are among the most trade-oriented in
Canada,” said Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan. “I look forward to hosting my
New West colleagues and key sector leaders to discuss actions we can take to
ensure Canada’s transportation system is equipped for future growth.”

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The New West Partnership Transportation Infrastructure
Summit, taking place November 5-6, will examine the long-term capacity,
efficiency, reliability and competitiveness of the system. Delegates to
the summit represent various exporting industries, port authorities, rail and
trucking companies.

 

“Western Canada needs
a reliable and effective transportation network in order to maximize the value
of our natural resources,” said Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta. “Given that
Western Canada accounts for more than 60 per cent of Canada’s exports with
Asia, access to global markets is important not only to our prosperity but also
to the continued economic health of Canada.”

 

On the margins of the summit, the premiers will also meet to
discuss progress on a number of initiatives, including apprentice mobility and
improvements to the New West Partnership Trade Agreement. 

 

“As home to Canada’s Pacific Gateway transportation
facilities and network, B.C. plays a vital role in ensuring the safe and
efficient movement of goods from Western Canada to Asia,” said Christy Clark,
Premier of British Columbia. “By working together, and with the private sector,
the three provinces will be able to further strengthen our transportation
infrastructure to ensure we are taking advantage of the opportunities presented
by Asia’s growing economies.”

 

Prominent Alberta business leader Jim Dinning will act as
the summit’s facilitator and guide the discussions of the attendees. 

 

The New West Partnership was created in
2010.  It has brought Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia into an
unprecedented and historic partnership establishing an economic powerhouse of
more than nine million people with a combined GDP of almost $550 billion. 
For more information about the New West Partnership, visit newwestpartnership.ca .