Premier of British Columbia John Horgan sits across from Alberta Premier Jason Kenney who opens the Western Premiers’ Conference with remarks at Government House in Edmonton, June 27, 2019.
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The opioid crisis, Arctic sovereignty and responsible resource development are all on the agenda Thursday as premiers from Canada’s western provinces and territories gather in Edmonton for their summer meeting.Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is hosting the meeting at Government House, where internal trade barriers and labour mobility rights are also up for discussion.Alberta is “under new management,” Kenney told the assembly Thursday morning in his opening remarks.“Our new government has one goal today, which is to make our western provinces and territories the source of Canada’s strength, economic growth and opportunity for western and northern Canadians,” Kenney said.“I’m hoping to count on each of you as partners in delivering what we know is a vision that we share.”Kenney said he’s looking forward to a series of “constructive conversations” to edge towards that goal.“We’re all in the right place at the right time with the promise that Western Canada offers with our resources, our well-educated people, our strength of our Indigenous people, our new Canadians, and there’s so much where we can work together to strengthen the federation and strengthen the economies of western Canada.”
Premier Jason Kenney (centre) opens the Western Premiers’ Conference with remarks at Government House in Edmonton, June 27, 2019.
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As the nation prepares to celebrate Canada Day, Kenney urged western leaders to remind themselves that 152 years ago, the country’s founders dreamed of an economic union.“It’s up to us to make it a practical reality. I hope that we do that during our conversations today,” he said.Joining Kenney are premiers John Horgan (British Columbia), Brian Pallister (Manitoba), Scott Moe (Saskatchewan), Bob McLeod (Northwest Territories), Joe Savikataaq (Nunavut) and Sandy Silver (Yukon).Manitoba premier Brian Pallister is expected to address media at 10 firstname.lastname@example.org/EmmaLGraney