B.C., Alberta ministers to discuss harmonization

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PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — Ministers from B.C. and Alberta will be discussing harmonizing regulations today and tomorrow as they hold their second joint Cabinet meeting.

At the last such meeting, the two provinces agreed to jointly build and operate a new commercial vehicle inspection station that will be located on the Trans-Canada Highway. The station will save both provinces about $2 million in capital costs and $300,000 per year in operating costs, the governments say.

"The purpose of this meeting is to continue to look at ways Alberta and B.C. can work together more effectively to save taxpayers’ money, and help business do business through better harmonization of rules and regulations between our two provinces," said Alberta Premier Ralph Klein.

The two governments will also be discussing health care and education.

"Our first Cabinet meeting with Alberta led to a number of partnerships that are saving money for taxpayers on both sides of the border," said B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell. "We want to expand those opportunities to deliver services more effectively and efficiently in areas like health care, e-learning, trade marketing and promoting investment in oil and gas. In particular, we’ll be discussing ways we can unleash the potential of Prince Rupert as Canada’s Northwest Gateway to open up jobs and opportunities along the Northern Corridor between Alberta and B.C."

Following the two days of meetings involving 10 Cabinet ministers from each province, a joint news conference will be held.

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