Council of the Federation meeting to focus on energy and climate change

    FREDERICTON, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - Canada's premiers will hold discussions on
energy and climate change at the Council of the Federation (COF) annual
meeting in Moncton, Premier Shawn Graham announced today. Premiers from all 13
provinces and territories will be in Moncton for the council's annual summer
meeting on Aug. 8 - 10.
    "Canada is facing significant challenges in addressing energy and climate
change, so the premiers' focus on these topics is timely for our country and
our province," said Graham, who assumes the chair of the council at the COF
summer meeting. "To ensure our continued prosperity as a nation, we need a
healthy economy and a healthy environment. Maintaining this balance is both a
challenge and an opportunity that all premiers face and that we will discuss
at our meeting in Moncton."
    Premiers will meet for two days of discussions at the Delta Beauséjour
Hotel. A closing news conference is planned for the afternoon of Friday,
Aug. 10, where premiers will report on the progress of their discussions.
    Premiers will discuss energy issues following from their discussion at
the council's 2006 summer meeting in St. John's, NL. The discussion will
encompass a wide range of energy concerns, including security of supply,
regulatory efficiency, energy research and technology, energy efficiency and
conservation and energy transmission and transportation.
    Premiers will review actions and share leading practices on reducing
greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change. They will also discuss
initiatives to enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian economy.
    Graham said he is looking forward to discussing these important issues
with his colleagues, as they are key elements in New Brunswick's effort to
become a prosperous and self-sufficient partner in the Canadian federation.
    "The development of our energy sector is important to New Brunswick and
to all provinces and territories," Graham said. "I believe we can do this
while ensuring that we are good stewards for the environment that we all
cherish. I see exciting opportunities in making Canada a leader in the
development and use of new energy technology that will better protect our
climate while securing our energy supplies. The Council of the Federation
provides a forum where all premiers can share views and exchange ideas on
meeting these challenges."
    In keeping with the conference themes chosen by premiers, Graham said New
Brunswick is making efforts to reduce waste and offset the environmental
impact of the COF meeting. Steps are being taken to reduce paper use, prevent
idling by vehicles around meeting sites and provide environmentally friendly
water choices to premiers and delegates. To make this a carbon-neutral event,
the provincial government will plant trees to offset greenhouse gas emissions
generated in relation to this meeting.
    "As premiers, it is important that we lead by example. When we talk about
addressing climate change and securing our energy supplies, we must put our
actions ahead of our words," Graham said.

    The Council of the Federation was formed in 2003 and comprises all 13
provincial and territorial premiers. It enables premiers to work
collaboratively to strengthen the Canadian federation by fostering a
constructive relationship among the provinces and territories, and with the
federal government. This is the first time the council has held its annual
summer meeting in New Brunswick.

For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries may be directed to Nicole
Picot, Office of the Premier, (506) 453-2144,; Howie
Trainor, Media Relations, 2007 COF Summer Meeting, (506) 635-7950,; Loretta O'Connor, Council of the Federation
Secretariat, (613) 563-4066,

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