We share a tradition of regional co-operation– 140 years of three provinces working together – and the last 64 with the inclusion ofNewfoundland and Labrador.– There is wide agreement that more synergies can be achieved with a common agenda.– Provinces have found some efficiencies, for example, in joint procurement policies.We are a very small base with much complexity.– The population of the four Atlantic Provinces is about 2.3 million versus the populationof the Greater Toronto Area of 6 million. Yet Atlantic Canada has four different provincialgovernments and four different regulatory and economic strategy frameworks.– This is a product of history—we have to accept the reality and work within it.The Important Issues
There is inconsistency in regulation, which raises the cost burdens for businessoperating in the four provinces.The provinces often appear to be offsetting each other’s investment strategies –both in the products they are trying to promote and the regions into which theyare trying to sell.The challenge is to streamline and coordinate efforts on many fronts—from tradeto skills development to immigration.The Important Issues
What’s NeededWe do not need common government, butwe do need common purpose in AtlanticCanada. With this should come bettercoordination of intent and activities, andmore joint policies and programs.We do not need common government, butwe do need common purpose in AtlanticCanada. With this should come bettercoordination of intent and activities, andmore joint policies and programs.
Agree on a regional focus for exports (pick targets, aim and act)Align regulations through the region—both a reduction in varied regulations andimplementation of consistent regulations.– There needs to be pan-Atlantic agreement on regulation similar to the bilateral pact thatNova Scotia and New Brunswick have already forged,– Simplify the regulatory maze across the region and align efforts to keep people inAtlantic Canada and attract new talentChallenge all areas of provincial governments to look for synergies. This wouldfree up funds to reinvest in things like export tax credits, global marketing orbetter early-childhood learning.Our “Big Ideas”
Establish a regional council of private business leaders to meet with the premiersand help determine the region’s economic priorities.– Group needs to be tough and realistic, action-oriented and plugged into the work of theCouncil of Atlantic Premiers.Do a better job on data collection and analysis by combining our efforts and ourdollars to create quality statistics and reduce duplication.– Determine who is buying what, at what price, and to centralize the data in a costeffective way to benefit the region.Our “Big Ideas” (continued)
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