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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 November 5, following Premier Redford’s address to the Vancouver Board of Trade.
“Opening new markets for Alberta’s resources across Canada and around the world is job one for my government. 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.”
– Alberta Premier Alison Redford
“B.C. and Alberta share an understanding on the critical importance of being globally competitive. We are laying the foundation to work together to reach new markets, create jobs and strengthen both our economies, and Canada.”
– B.C. Premier Christy Clark
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 December 31.
Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.
B.C.–Alberta Working Group Terms of Reference
On October 15, 2013 Premier Christy Clark and Premier Alison Redford released the terms of reference for a joint working group to open new markets and expand export opportunities for the oil and gas sector.
To develop recommendations related to energy exports and opening new export markets for B.C. and Alberta.
Both provinces will agree on a set of working teams to develop recommendations around five key areas. Those teams will be led by senior provincial executives, and report directly to both premiers.
The working teams will have members from both jurisdictions and will share information, identify common issues, collaborate on policy and develop recommendations.
B.C. and Alberta have outlined five key areas to focus on:
The Deputy Ministers will report regularly to the Premiers in the months leading up to December 31, 2013.
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