Alberta is getting another province to work with in the New West Partnership.
The agreement was started in 2010, and up until now included Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan. Manitoba announced this morning that it would be signing onto the deal. That province’s Premier Brian Pallister was fulfilling a campaign promise to become a part of the pact.
The idea is to enhance trade, investment and labour mobility between the western provinces.
Premier Rachel Notley says she’s proud to “work with our western neighbours to grow, strengthen, and diversify the economy.”
Our province changed liquor pricing last year to make craft beer from other province’s in the partnership cheaper than beer from outside western Canada.
With the addition of Manitoba, the agreement represents 11 million people and a combined GDP of more than $750 billion. (kdr)