New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference

By Ramona du Houx

September 15th, 2009

ST. JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK – Governor John E. Baldacci praised the spirit of cooperation that characterized the 33rd Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in St. John, New Brunswick.

Governor Baldacci is the current Chair of the New England Governors’ Conference. He and New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham served as co-chairs for the 33rd Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers.

Seven resolutions were signed by the participants of the conference. Topics ranged from regional energy, green economy and pandemic preparedness issues.

“The current global financial crisis hastens us to find collaborative regional approaches to economic, energy and other issues,” said Governor Baldacci. “Working together and combining our strengths, we can stake out opportunities to grow good paying jobs and increase our energy independence.”

Specific sessions today included: The Green Economy; Energy Trade and Transmission Developments; The Regional Economy; Climate Change; Energy Efficiency; and Pandemic Preparedness.

The resolutions signed today are:
· Resolution Concerning the Green Economy;
Resolution Concerning Renewable Energy;
Resolution Concerning Climate Change;
Resolution Concerning Energy Efficiency;
Resolution Concerning Pandemic Preparedness;
Resolution Concerning 400th Anniversary of Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador; and
Resolution Concerning Trade.

For the text of the resolutions as agreed upon at the Conference, please go to: http://www.scics.gc.ca