Office of the Premier

Council of the Federation releases shared vision of Canada's energy future (07/08/09)

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Aug. 9, 2007

MONCTON (CNB) - Canada's provincial and territorial premiers today released A Shared Vision for Energy in Canada, which highlights the importance of energy conservation, supply, demand and infrastructure to Canada's continued prosperity.

The plan, supplemented by maps, strikes a balance between security of energy supply, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity. The seven strategic elements of the plan are:

The premiers acknowledge that all territories, like the provinces and Yukon, must be able to take a leadership role in creating innovative energy policies for Canada's future. The premiers reiterated their continued support for the Northwest Territories and Nunavut to successfully conclude devolution and resource revenue-sharing agreements with the federal government as soon as possible, so that they can be the primary beneficiaries of the development of their resources.

The premiers called upon the federal government to acknowledge the constitutional jurisdiction of the provinces and territories, and to formally involve provinces and territories in international discussions and negotiations that affect their jurisdiction.

The premiers directed their environment ministers to complete work with the federal government toward a rational and efficient process for environmental assessment, which would ensure appropriate protection of the environment and the public interest while eliminating overlap and duplication.

A Shared Vision for Energy in Canada is available at the Council of the Federation's website. The council's website also provides a link to the energy maps.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Picot, Office of the Premier, 506-453-2144, 506-447-9942 (cell), nicole.picot@gnb.ca.

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