Executive Council
August 14, 2018

Premier Ball Wraps up Meeting with New England Governors and
Eastern Canadian Premiers

As the annual meeting of governors and premiers from New England and Eastern Canada concludes, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, welcomed the shared recognition of the economic importance of the Canada-United States relationship – in particular, that the New England-Eastern Canadian trade corridor is the 14th largest in the world.

Additional topics discussed at the conference included transportation, innovation, energy, environmental issues and tourism. Premier Ball also met with Kelly Craft, the United States Ambassador to Canada, to discuss trade ties between Newfoundland and Labrador and the United States.

In 2017, trade with the United States, in goods alone, represented approximately $5.4 billion and included significant exports of petroleum products, seafood and newsprint. This represents 53 per cent of all goods exported from Newfoundland and Labrador.

The 42nd annual conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers met at the Stowe Mountain Lodge from August 12-14. The annual conference allows governors and premiers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Québec to focus on opportunities of shared interests.

The 2019 conference will be held in Saint John, New Brunswick.

"This conference was an excellent opportunity to highlight Newfoundland and Labrador ‎to our New England counterparts who recognized the value of our province to their economy. Our shared trade corridor is one of the busiest in the world and by working together, we can build on our close trade ties and create new jobs and opportunities for businesses."
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

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