Premiers’ talks ends in pact with benefits to P.E.I.: Ghiz

Teresa Wright
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Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz is flanked by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, right, at the closing news conference of the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Charlottetown on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Premier Robert Ghiz says agreements struck between Canada’s premiers on a national energy strategy and internal trade will benefit Prince Edward Island.

The Council of the Federation meetings wrapped up Friday in Charlottetown with a news conference wherein the premiers announced Quebec has now joined the other provinces and territories in agreeing to develop a national energy strategy.

Ghiz said this could help pave the way for a west-east pipeline bringing cheaper, domestic oil to the Maritimes. It could also mean more electricity options for P.E.I.

“The more free flow of electricity through Canada, the more options there is for us to purchase what we need,” Ghiz said.

“We are doing quite well with our wind, we’re up to 30 or 35 per cent, but we still need other power, and the more options there are, the cheaper the price and the cleaner we’ll get for Prince Edward Island.”

The premiers also agreed to a comprehensive renewal of the almost 20-year-old Agreement on Internal Trade.

More free flow of workers, goods and services across the country strengthens economies and allows the entire country greater ability to capitalize on domestic and international opportunities, the premiers said.

During the week, a few provinces announced smaller inter-provincial agreements aimed at breaking down trade barriers and improving labour mobility.

Both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia signed deals with western provinces to allow workers better access to work and apprenticeships in the respective provinces.

Ghiz said a similar apprenticeship agreement will be coming to P.E.I., but would not provide any details.

The premiers’ meetings this week in Charlottetown were being hailed by all the premiers as among the most successful in recent years due to the fact Quebec now has a federalist premier willing to negotiate and reach consensus on a number of issues with his counterparts.

“We have a fully functioning premiers table right now, and I think it’s going to lead to a better Canada,” Ghiz said.

This consensus approach allowed the provinces to turn a glaring spotlight toward Ottawa.

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Canada, Charlottetown Quebec New Brunswick Nova Scotia Ottawa

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  • townie2
    August 31, 2014 - 10:44

    wow, so many spin doctors out today i'm getting dizzy.

  • vivian
    August 30, 2014 - 15:09

    Best of ALL, we got to show case our PREMIER, was'nt he just like something awesome?? It was like, dynamite, and I was like stunned, we will loose him soon though, after this performance job offers will soon be coming in from theatres everywhere, or maybe from the sponsors he said gave like their money to democracy. THAT LINE OF THINKING, SHOULD LIKE SELL WELL IN TODAYS WORLD.

  • herbert
    August 30, 2014 - 14:57

    Horse manure and b.s. is what we get from having hosted this party, --- oh yes they bought hotel rooms, food and drink, - on the taxpayers bill, and attacked the Prime Minister for not participating in this useless prattle, at least he has good sense.

    August 30, 2014 - 12:13

    If this is the same as when he said that the HST would benefit PEI. Loaning millions to private businesses would benefit PEI, raising taxes would benefit PEI. we could be in deep trouble again if he thinks this is good.

    • Peter
      September 01, 2014 - 06:10

      ummmmm ... he knows how to think?

  • kris
    August 30, 2014 - 11:39

    Robert would not provide details, --- surprise, surprise , he had not invented them yet, -- and the moon is made of green cheese

      August 30, 2014 - 16:21

      I VOTED FOR GHIZ -- when he says "benefits to islanders" --- he probably means "some islander friends and relatives whose names will not be disclosed"-- the same as the last time he spread the wealth to "some of the same " islanders

  • bert
    August 30, 2014 - 07:23

    How many times in the last number of Premiers Conferences have we been advised of the great decisions that have been made to further enhance the Province. We find when the Premiers get back and sit down and find that we agree to a trade barrier change than we could lose 500 jobs.This change will not take place. I am afraid your Premier is being taken for a ride and doesn't know it. In my Province , we have two brewiers and sell 95% of the beer thru corner stores and only Labatt and Molson has access. They employ hundreds of people now do you think the Premier is going to give other brewers the same access to our market. If he did than these two brewiers would close.