Premier Christy Clark met New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant in Vancouver today to continue discussions in areas of mutual interest, shared priorities and economic opportunities between the two provinces.
“It was a pleasure having Premier Gallant back in Vancouver. We had some very productive discussions this summer at the Council of the Federation meeting and today was no different,” said Premier Clark. “We have made progress ensuring skilled workers can move seamlessly between our provinces, and both of us are committed to ensuring our provinces contribute to a strong, sustainable economic future for Canada.”
Today’s discussions included working cooperatively with the new federal government to get the U.S. back to the bargaining table on a renewed Softwood Lumber Agreement, as well as opportunities to advance Aboriginal economic development in the two provinces.
“In order to overcome the challenges facing the country and to seize opportunities for economic growth, governments at all levels across Canada need to work together,” said Gallant. “Premier Clark and I discussed ways in which we can work together to grow the Canadian economy and create jobs so we can be better positioned to address demographic challenges such as seniors care.”
Despite being on opposite ends of the country, British Columbia and New Brunswick have worked closely on a number of initiatives in recent years. In 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to support the mobility of apprentices between the provinces. With the agreement in place, both provinces are focused on working with other jurisdictions on broadening apprentice mobility efforts.
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