Oct. 20, 2003
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister David Alward is in Vermont to participate in the annual meeting of the Northeast Commissioners and Eastern Canadian Ministers of Agriculture, taking place Oct. 20 - 21.
"This meeting of this group allows us to meet with our Canadian and American neighbours to discuss trade-related issues and other areas of mutual collaboration," Alward said. "The committee functions under a resolution of the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canada Premiers, as well as the Provinces States Advisory Group on Agriculture."
A full slate of topics is scheduled on the meeting's agenda including: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), homeland security and bio-terrorism, phytosanitary concerns, the proposed biotechnology corridor and other areas of potential collaboration.
"The discussions surrounding BSE are very important to New Brunswick's beef producers," the minister said. "The provincial and states' representatives will discuss a potential border opening mechanism for the export of live cattle. The opening of the Canada - U.S. border remains the key issue to solving the beef crisis in Canada."
Participants in Vermont this week are: New Brunswick, Québec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.