Council of the Federation - Communique

    OTTAWA, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Council of the Federation met this
afternoon in Ottawa to allow Premiers to have a preparatory discussion prior
to the First Ministers' Meeting to be held tomorrow in Ottawa.
    At their meeting, Premiers also approved modifications to the Agreement
on Internal Trade (AIT) that were proposed by their ministers to ensure full
labour mobility in Canada and to put in place an enhanced AIT-related dispute
mechanism, as was requested by Premiers at the July 2008 Council of the
Federation Meeting in Québec City.
    "We are proud of the leadership shown by the Council on these key issues
that are essential to the vitality of our economy and our federation. In the
current context, it is critical that all governments work together," said
Premier Jean Charest, who chairs the Council.

For further information:

For further information: Hugo D'Amours, Office of the Premier of Québec,
(418) 643-5321,; Gisèle Robert, Council of the
Federation Secretariat, (613) 563-4066, (613) 851-5978 (cell),

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