(From left) Premier Shawn Graham, Mount Allison President Robert Cambell, Sackville Mayor Jamie Smith and Premier Robert Ghiz. Graham and Ghiz face off with their teams for a charity hockey game, with the proceeds going towards the Sackville food bank. Colin MacLean - Amherst Daily News
SACKVILLE - The meeting of the Atlantic cabinets kicked off last night in Sackville with the drop of a puck.
Delegations from the four Atlantic Provinces and The Mount Allison women's hockey team faced off in a friendly game of hockey at the Tantramar Veterans Civic Centre.
Both Premier Shawn Graham and Premier Robert Ghiz laced up, along with several of their cabinet ministers. The game was for the charity of the Sackville food bank and before the game Premier Graham presented a donation of $3,000 on behalf of the four Atlantic Provinces.
"It was easy to take your mind off of politics for the afternoon," said Graham after the game.
By the end of the game both teams where on the board at four a piece. But it was the team of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that took home the honour. Defeating Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador by a single goal.
"Before we got out today we said it was very nice of Shawn and his government to host us here in N.B. So we thought we would let them win by a goal today," said Ghiz.
Both premiers said they are excited to see what comes from the meetings scheduled for Friday. Topics they will be discussing include immigration, health, the environment and co-operation of the Atlantic region