Executive Council
January 16, 2007

Premier Williams to Travel to Alberta and Promote Trade and Investment

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, will travel to Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta along with his Atlantic Canadian colleagues and businesses from the region, January 25 � 27, as part of the Council of Atlantic Premiers Mission to Alberta to promote trade and investment opportunities.

"The occasion to meet with the business leaders of Alberta is a great opportunity for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the companies from our province that will accompany us," said Premier Williams. "We have a link with both the people and the economy of Alberta and much of this connection is based upon our burgeoning energy sector. I am hopeful that many partnerships that will be forged in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, as our local companies show the skills and expertise they have to offer."

All four Atlantic Premiers will arrive in Edmonton on Thursday, January 25, for scheduled activities including a reception with Alberta business leaders and a reception with Premier Ed Stelmach of Alberta. On Friday, January 26 the premiers will participate in a breakfast meeting with a local development authority and its members before leaving for Fort McMurray where they will partake in a tour of the oilsands and a reception with Fort McMurray business leaders.

In addition to the planned events for the Atlantic Premiers, Premier Williams will also speak at an event sponsored by the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, January 27, at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre at 10:00 a.m. "I am very much looking forward to speaking with this group and to share with them my perspective on the oil and gas industry in our respective provinces, and other issues of mutual importance" added the Premier. "The people of Fort McMurray already have an amazing understanding of our people, culture and economy as a result of the many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians living in Fort McMurray, and I look forward to visiting with them."


Media contact:
Elizabeth Matthews
Office of the Premier
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-3960, 351-1227

2007 01 17                                                   2:45 p.m.

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