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Western transportation ministers team up

RICHMOND, B.C. -- After meeting on Monday, Canada's western transportation ministers have vowed to work together to...

RICHMOND, B.C. — After meeting on Monday, Canada’s western transportation ministers have vowed to work together to streamline regulations and create a better economic climate in the West.

Three memoranda of understanding were signed by the transportation ministers of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba which indicate the ministers will better co-ordinate western transportation issues.

“A sustainable transportation system is part of our New Era Commitment to stimulate the economy in this province,” says B.C. Transportation Minster, Judith Reid. “The B.C. government knows that transportation fuels the economy and we want the West to lead the nation in economic prosperity and innovative solutions.”

Two of the agreements signed are aimed at streamlining permit regulations for the trucking industry enabling faster, safer and more efficient freight movements throughout Western Canada.

“Transportation is about moving people and goods in a way that makes economic sense while ensuring a safe, reliable infrastructure,” says Alberta’s Transportation Minister, Ed Stelmach. “Working together means we can have more leverage with the federal government and streamline current regulations and practices so the users of the system get the most for their investment.”

The ministers say they will continue to meet regularly and develop a western strategic transportation plan.

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