Ghiz calls for strengthened ties between New England, Atlantic region

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Premier addresses New England-Canada Business Council leaders in Halifax

P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz

Strengthening ties between the Atlantic provinces and the New England states will result in more investment and trade, says Premier Robert Ghiz.

“If we are to attract investment and grow our economy, we will need a vision based on regional co-operation and trade that will grow the number of value-added jobs within our province and promote our traditional industries,” said Ghiz.

“Our provincial economy must also continue to diversify and expand — and that is why these relationships are so important.”

That’s the message Ghiz delivered during a keynote speech to a business delegation from New England and the Atlantic provinces last Thursday in Halifax.  

Members of the New England-Canada Business Council, a network of business leaders, were visiting Halifax to strengthen economic ties and highlight the potential to increase trade.

Ghiz’s speech highlighted the strong partnerships that Prince Edward Island currently enjoys, both regionally and with New England.

Ghiz also focused on the support by the provincial government for the Island’s primary sectors and education to make the Prince Edward Island economy more competitive and productive.

“We must work to expand our emerging sectors like aerospace, biosciences, information technology and renewable energy — sectors that depend on trade — while continuing our focus on improving our educational institutions to create a skilled, productive and globally competitive workforce,” Ghiz said during his speech.

Through these meetings, the New England-Canada Business Council presents an opportunity to work together to find ways to become more competitive globally.

The New England states are one of the Island’s most important trading partners, with many geographic, cultural and economic ties.

The New England-Canada Business Council meetings concluded on Saturday.

Organizations: New England-Canada Business Council

Geographic location: New England, Halifax, Prince Edward Island Atlantic Canada

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  • Concerned Taxpayers
    October 10, 2012 - 07:19

    As stated , who in their right mind would negociate anything with this Premier, this is similar to the massive cover up, fiasco in Summerside whereby Mayor Stewart, Deputy Mayor MacDougall, Council and senior management gave away over $2 million dollars after voting $5 million dollars at a Councillors cottage for a Concert Event. The whole lot of them should be run out of the City, this has got to be the lowest level of stupidity that ever hit PEI, and Mayor Stewart quote" glad to have this behind us", he had better keep reading about similar corruption in Quebec ,,for what he did is not much different in the abuse of taxpayers money from elected politicians who by the way, took an oath of office, which they failed miserably in. Resign please.

  • Upperdunker
    October 09, 2012 - 19:42

    Ghiz is the worst leader PEI has ever seen - and there have been some bad ones. But he's a puppet and the string pullers are really to blame. The Plan B fiasco is a perfect example!

  • Tim L
    October 09, 2012 - 13:31

    I just gave one/two questions for Mr Ghiz... (a) why do you not listen to the voting public anymore? (b) how long before an election is called? SIncerely, A proud FORMER Islander

  • allison smiths
    October 09, 2012 - 12:25

    who gives a r... ass what Ghiz calls for, ---- he does not give one for what we are calling for--- and all we are calling for is democracy and honest straight forward behavior, which should be a given, when someone offer themselves for Premier of the Province - they even swear on the bible to that effect . --- but what have we got ----- a deaf dictator. S»top plan B, or at least discuss it with us ----

  • edward profit
    October 09, 2012 - 12:18

    The plan B is not the only disgusting things related to the Ghiz terrorship. This tourisme minister has marching orders to suppress any information related to the fraud committed in the Dept. of Tourism. $ 8 Mill. unaccounted for. -- and we are not to find out. I can jsut imagine what will be wasted and under the table with the 2014 celeration. The annouced $ 5 mill is apparently just the start for small community feast here and there, but according to the add in the paper today they are looking for much more, --- event-management -- LOOKING OFF ISLAND perhaps with a tentacle on the Island, --- would anybody be shocked if a liberal firm would be found the most suitable, -----patronage --------- free campaign help in the next election, ---- No never ---------------hahah

  • Angie MacLean
    October 09, 2012 - 12:13

    Who in their right mind is going to want to invest in anything to do with PEI or any kind of "partnership" to allegedly grow the economy if it means doing any kind of business with an imbecile like Robert Ghiz and his merry band of idiots. The only thing this government is consistently capable of is lying to the public and making off like bandits in the process.

    • intobed
      October 09, 2012 - 18:53

      But everyone in the Ghiz government has a good paying job, don't they? Isn't it important that Islanders are at work?

  • bob mcewen
    October 09, 2012 - 12:08

    Who cares what a press release about Ghiz's musings say. I amore int3erested in the advertisement in the Glode & Mail and the Guaridan for "Event-managment". What the hell is Ms. sollomon and the rest of the hired hands there supposed to be doing, is that not enoug waste for us. Stop the party, Ghiz, we taxpayers want to get off, ---- -

  • Joe Blow
    October 09, 2012 - 11:21

    Robert Ghiz is a joke! He knows nothing about government and only knows about patronage!! Everything him and his crooked government comes up with, is simply a plan to make their families and close friends rich. Maybe if he actually came up with some good ideas like creating jobs, generating revenue with some of his ideas, maybe people wouldn't hate him so much.....but it is very clear that Ghiz doesn't care about making PEI a better place and looking after his tax paying public....all he sees is dollar signs and ways to fill his bank account with more money while the public loses out on every decision that is made. Pathetic, weak, un-ethical, patronizing un-moral and incompetent are all extremely good words for describing Ghiz and his cabinet full of idiots!!! PEI is going down the crapper and its all thanks to Ghiz and his party of morons!!!

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    October 09, 2012 - 10:30

    First of all, look at who Ghiz is speaking to. He is talking to Members of the New England-Canada Business Council, a network of business leaders, whose only motivation is to make profits. Any increase in jobs or any other positive spin offs are at best secondary. This is another PPP (Public, Private Partnership) spun out through yet another non governmental organization (NGO). Increasingly it seems that whenever government wants to help out big business they do it through these NGO's. Fascism is alive and fluorishing in Canada. The global marketplace has a lot to do with the big mess we are in with our economy and our lack of jobs. Ghiz's statement is just plain wrong. Who is the "WE" he is talking about because it does not include me? Why "MUST WE WORK “to expand our emerging sectors like aerospace, bio sciences, information technology and renewable energy (we got along fine before the link, before bio sciences, before aerotech, before info tech and renewable energy) — sectors that depend on trade — while continuing our focus on improving our educational institutions to create a skilled (albeit skilled table servers and order takers), productive and globally competitive workforce," when we do it wrong ( working for minimum wages with no chance for career development or advancement) . We should be aspiring to these goals but do it in an ethical, moral way that does not punish those who disagree with you.

  • Bertie
    October 09, 2012 - 09:17

    Our young boy prince needs this sort of coverage right now so I will not be too harsh. But I will point out old fashioned politicking when I see it. It is an old adage when one is mired in controversy and caught in corruption at home that it is important to travel to appear globally significant or at least comment upon relationships and issues far afield. So this is OK for now I guess. It does not change the now indisputable fact that he leads the worst government ever in PEI history.

    • Snow White
      October 09, 2012 - 11:25

      "It does not change the now indisputable fact that he leads the worst government ever in PEI history." I could not agree more.

  • fresh ideas from a leader in hiding from disgust
    October 09, 2012 - 09:04

    Ghiz calls for????? When Ghiz talks, who listens and does anyone pay attention. All the Premiers and Governors read the paper and Ghiz is seen as a very weak "lame duck Premier". Islanders only pay attention because most of what Ghiz comes up with is often patronage based borrowing for bum ideas. Borrow more money Ghiz. thanks eh