Legislation Will Update Regional Cooperation Laws

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first_img Legislation introduced today, April 15, by Premier John Hamm willupdate existing regional co-operation laws. The proposed Council of Atlantic Premiers Act will officiallyenshrine into law the Council of Atlantic Premiers, anorganization established by the four Atlantic Canadian provincesin 2000. The current law only applies to the former Council ofMaritime Premiers established in 1971 by the provinces of NewBrunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. “This is a measure that will update our laws to reflect thereality of the last four years with the Council of AtlanticPremiers,” said Premier Hamm. “It’s important for Atlantic Canadato speak with one voice on the issues that matter to ourtaxpayers — health care, fiscal arrangements and growing theeconomy.” The premier noted that through the Council of Atlantic Premiersaction plan on regional co-operation signed in the fall of 2001,significant progress has been reached on harmonizing truckingregulations, skills development, literacy and joint healthinitiatives. The four Atlantic premiers have also worked togetherto help consumers deal with the rising cost of automobileinsurance and in February 2004 established the Atlantic CanadaAction Team to increase the local consumption of beef and otherfood products. “The Council of Atlantic Premiers has been an important forum forthe four Atlantic provinces to work together to improve thequality of life for our citizens,” said the premier. Nova Scotia is the first Atlantic province to start updating itsregional co-operation laws to reflect the Council of AtlanticPremiers. PREMIER’S OFFICE–Legislation Will Update Regional Co-operationLawslast_img

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