38th Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers – The Premier reaffirms Québec’s leadership

BRETTON WOODS, NH, July 14, 2014 – As part of his first international mission, Québec Premier Philippe Couillard participated in the 38th Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (CNEG-ECP). The two-day Conference held in Bretton Woods provided him with an opportunity to position Québec’s expertise with high-level political figures in such sectors of interest as energy innovations, aerospace and start-ups.

The premier met with the governors of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont, as well as with the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador to consolidate Québec’s ties with its partners. The premier and his counterparts discussed a variety of topics, including climate change and the advantage of strengthening cooperation in managing cap-and-trade systems for greenhouse gas emissions allowances. He was also able to fully assess the New England states’ interest in increasing transmission capacity, which would enable them to import more hydroelectricity from Québec. The approach meets their objectives in terms of diversifying green energy supply and production sources.

“Our government is affirming Québec’s leadership in this regional forum. It is our main platform for interaction with the New England states and allows us to undertake major projects with our partners. Based on the discussions I had, I can attest to the fact that Québec’s know-how is recognized in a number of promising sectors,” said the premier.

Heightened collaboration with CNEG-ECP members

The Conference proceedings culminated in two plenary sessions: Energy Innovations for a Competitive Economy and Strengthening Partnerships for Regional Economic Development. Martin Lafleur from Aéro Montréal and Ghislain Fortin from Cascades spoke to highlight Québec’s expertise in the energy production and aerospace sectors.

The Conference closed with the adoption of resolutions on energy, sustainable transportation and economic development. The heads of government indicated their desire to increase collaboration in finding common solutions for addressing rapid changes in the renewable energy sector. They also confirmed their commitment to developing a sustainable transportation system and stressed that they wanted to place greater importance on economic development in conjunction with the Conference’s initiatives.

About the CNEG-ECP

The CNEG-ECP was created in 1973 and is composed of the governors of the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) and the premiers of Québec and the four Atlantic provinces (Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador). The Conference is a key forum for discussing topics of common interest such as cross-border issues and provides for cooperation in several sectors, including energy, the environment, trade, transportation and security.

The 39th CNEG-ECP will take place in 2015 in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Source :
Florent Tanlet
Press Attachée
Office of the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
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Philippe Hébert
Communications Counsellor
Direction des communications et affaires publiques
Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur
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