Atlantic premiers use Sackville meeting to discuss co-operation

Colin MacLean
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SACKVILLE - Regional co-operation dominated the agenda as Atlantic Canada's four Atlantic premiers met Friday at Mount Allison University in Sackville.

The premiers along with 24 of their cabinet ministers discussed a wide variety of topics including energy, health, literacy, aquaculture, procurement and transportation.

They also reached several agreements in these areas as well as vowing to work together on others in the future.

"Four voices are stronger than one voice," said Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz, speaking in French.

Shrinking demographics is one area where Nova Scotia is particularly interested, commented Premier Rodney MacDonald.

We need to do more to keep our young people here, and to keep attracting back those who have already left, he said. "That comes through growing the economy, and to grow the economy you need regional co-operation."

The effects of this meeting may not be felt for a few years, said Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams.

The meeting was meant to discuss long-term solutions to problems all four provinces face, Williams said.

"The regional documents we have released today represent areas where we believe it makes sense to work together," said New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, the host of the two-day event.

Organizations: Mount Allison University

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick

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