VANCOUVER - B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Alison Redford today released the terms of reference guiding their joint working group to open new energy-export markets.
The two Premiers also announced they would next meet in Vancouver on Nov. 5, following Premier Redford's address to the Vancouver Board of Trade.
"B.C. and Alberta share an understanding on the critical importance of being globally competitive," said Premier Clark. "We are laying the foundation to work together to reach new markets, create jobs and strengthen both our economies, and Canada."
"Opening new markets for Alberta's resources across Canada and around the world is job one for my government," said Premier Redford. "We are making real progress, together, on continued responsible resource development that creates jobs and long-term growth for Alberta, B.C. and all of Canada."
In July 2013 the Premiers announced the formation of a working group with the shared goals of opening new markets, expanding export opportunities, creating jobs and strengthening the economy of both provinces through the development of the oil and gas sector.
The terms of reference focus on five key areas: harmonizing marine and land spill response; ensuring fair fiscal and economic benefits to both provinces; consulting with First Nations; exploring resource transportation options; and increasing public awareness of responsible resource development. Both provinces will agree on working teams to develop recommendations.
Over the last two months, the provinces have met regularly, building on the progress achieved by the Premiers. The working group has been sharing information and discussing common goals, while also formalizing the terms of reference for the work ahead. The final report with recommendations and an action plan will be released by Dec. 31, 2013.
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