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Notley to Discuss Trade, Disasters with Premiers in Yukon

Economic issues, climate change and disaster management are on the Council of the Federation agenda for Whitehorse from July 20-22.

“Alberta has much to share on issues that are important to all Canadians, such as climate leadership, disaster response and getting energy to market. I look forward to building the supportive partnerships that will help all our jurisdictions move forward into a more prosperous and prepared future.”

Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta

Premier Notley will lead the discussion on disaster response and recovery, based on Alberta’s most recent experience with the Fort McMurray wildfire. She also will lead a discussion about the Canadian Energy Strategy and the importance of market access.

Other agenda items include economic growth and trade, including infrastructure, productivity and innovation, and health care and climate change.

Yukon is hosting this year’s meeting of the Council of the Federation on the traditional territory of Yukon’s Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. This is the first Council of the Federation meeting to be held in northern Canada.

Yukon Hosts Summer Meeting of Canada’s Premiers in Whitehorse

July 18, 2016 – Canada’s Premiers will meet at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon July 21-22.

“I look forward to welcoming my fellow Premiers to Yukon for the first-ever Council of the Federation meeting to be held in Canada’s North,” said Premier Darrell Pasloski, who assumes the Chair of the Council at the summer meeting. “I look forward to addressing a number of important issues and finding innovative and collaborative paths forward, as we showcase Yukon’s rich culture, geography and vibrant economy.”

On July 21, Premiers will discuss economic growth and trade. Discussions will focus on economic productivity and innovation, infrastructure, trade and energy, as well as other priority issues.

On July 22, Premiers will discuss a range of topics including health care, climate change and disaster management.

A closing news conference is planned for the afternoon of July 22.

The Council of the Federation comprises all 13 provincial and territorial Premiers. It enables Premiers to work collaboratively, form closer ties, foster constructive relationships among governments and show leadership on important issues that matter to Canadians.

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