Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar recently attended meetings in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the federal, provincial, and territorial ministers responsible for energy and mines.“I was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss future energy projects with my counterparts, not only in Atlantic Canada, but across the country,” said Minister Biggar. “By working collaboratively, we can continue the advancement of energy projects that are fundamental to generating economic growth for our province and for Canada.”
The federal, provincial, and territorial ministers responsible for energy and mines announced significant progress supporting enhanced economic growth, energy security, innovation, Aboriginal engagement and environmental protection and performance with the objective of further increasing the environmentally responsible development of natural resources across our country. The ministers affirmed the critical importance of responsible development of Canada’s energy sector, recent successes in implementing innovative technologies and policies dealing with carbon, and enhancing Canada’s leadership as an environmentally responsible global resource producer and supplier.
In particular, following this week’s meeting, the ministers emphasized the need to explore and encourage innovative technologies to help Canadian natural resource industries address productivity challenges and environmental performance; ensure that standards for industry reflect the highest level of environmental protection, and work within our respective jurisdictions to maintain the momentum in Canada’s clean energy market.
“I look forward to collaborating with my federal, provincial and territorial colleagues on responsible energy use, which provides cost savings to consumers and industry as well as contributing to meeting environmental objectives,” said Minister Biggar. “Many of these actions will provide Islanders with increased economic opportunities while continuing our focus on renewable energy and protecting the environment.”
The next Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference will take place from August 21 to August 23, 2016, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For more information, read the official communiqué from Natural Resources Canada at https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/