Nov. 13, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The formal launch of discussions to develop an energy partnership between P.E.I. and Quebec was announced today by P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz and Quebec Premier Jean Charest. The announcement is a followup to their meeting in Quebec City in September.
The announcement also follows discussions held between the two provinces and New Brunswick to develop a regional partnership on energy to benefit the three provinces, which came after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Premier Shawn Graham and Charest on Oct. 29.
Graham and Charest have directed their energy officials, as well as representatives of Hydro-Quebec, to explore opportunities for co-operation with P.E.I. in the areas of supply, market opportunities and greenhouse-gas reduction.
"We warmly welcome P.E.I.'s interest to launch formal discussions with Quebec," said Graham. "New Brunswick's development as an energy hub will be strengthened by the proposed agreement with Quebec, and further collaboration with P.E.I. in the energy sector would be of benefit to all three provinces."
"Hydro-Quebec has a secure and reliable supply of clean, renewable energy to offer at competitive prices," said Ghiz. "We are pleased to formalize our discussions with Quebec that were initiated in my meeting with Premier Charest in September. Such talks are particularly timely given the proposed agreement between New Brunswick and Quebec, which opens up new possibilities for Prince Edward Island and the region."
"Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island can work together to develop a win-win partnership, with Prince Edward Island allowing Hydro-Quebec to offer clean, competitive and renewable energy to the province, with considerable economic and environmental advantages to P.E.I.," said Charest.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Office of the Premier, 506-453-2144; Hugo D'Amours, press secretary, Office of the Premier of Quebec, 418-643-5321; Geoff Townsend, Office of the Premier of Prince Edward Island 902-368-4400.