WINNIPEG, Man. – Manitoba premier Brian Pallister announced yesterday (Nov. 17) that the province has joined the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.
With Manitoba now part of the agreement, which commits each province to enhance trade, investment and labor mobility, and to remove barriers to the movement of goods, services, investment and people, western Canadian provincial governments say it will create an open, common market of more than 11 million people with a combined GDP of more than $750 billion.
“Business owners, community leaders and chambers of commerce from across Manitoba have long called for our province to pursue new opportunities for growth and reduced trade barriers,” said Pallister. “Joining the New West Partnership will bring these advantages. We look forward to working with British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to expand opportunities and support stronger economies right across Western Canada.”
The original partnership agreement came into effect July 1, 2010, and was fully implemented three years later.
“Alberta is proud to work with our western neighbors to grow, strengthen and diversify the economy,” said Alberta premier Rachel Notley. “We share a common commitment to creating jobs, enhancing opportunities for enterprise and investment, and increasing prosperity throughout and beyond Western Canada.”
“We are pleased to welcome Manitoba into the New West Partnership,” added Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall. “We’ve had great success over the past six years in removing barriers and opening up trade within our region. Together, we can continue to reduce hurdles affecting long-term business opportunities and make western Canada even stronger.”