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Cross-border cooperation: Governors and premiers on the eastern seaboard share knowledge and ideas to build an integrated presence. (Government Issues).



In the early 1970s, an annual Conference of New England New England, name applied to the region comprising six states of the NE United States—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The region is thought to have been so named by Capt.  Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers -- 11 governments in all -- was formed for the purpose of discussing cross-border issues of mutual interest and strengthening existing political ties. The focus of these sessions has not changed all that much over the years and the agreements they've spawned have a direct impact on the respective leaders' policies, so it's worth understanding how they work.

Trade, environmental and energy related issues have always been a common interest for the governments of northeastern North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. . The Conference has three standing committees for trade and globalization globalization

Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation
, the environment, and energy. These committees commission studies in their respective fields and implement resolutions passed during the Conference. Thus, the projects championed by the premiers and governors are managed throughout the year by dedicated professionals.

The committees and subgroups have representatives from each state and province and are supported by the Eastern Canadian Premiers Secretariat, based in Halifax, and its U.S. counterpart, the New England Governor's Conference in Boston, Massachusetts “Boston” redirects here. For other uses, see Boston (disambiguation).
Boston is the capital and most populous city of Massachusetts.[3] The largest city in New England, Boston is considered the unofficial economic and cultural center of the entire New
. In all, 100 to 200 people work on these projects throughout the year. During the conferences, they present various reports that the government representatives use to adopt resolutions. Before a resolution is adopted, the participants must reach a unanimous consensus. Since these are policies, not laws, local elected state and provincial representatives discuss them before the conferences but are not required to take a stand in their own jurisdictions. The governors and premiers vote for or against the resolutions tabled.

The last annual meeting of governors and premiers was held in Quebec City. The decision makers expressed a desire to strengthen regional cooperation. The discussions dealt with improvement in the circulation of goods and people, security, energy, the environment, and economic and educational cooperation, among other topics.

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 Rheal Poirier, regional coordinator for the Eastern Canadian Premiers Secretariat, the trade resolutions adopted and the joint initiatives of the state and provincial governments -- such as development and implementation of new customs formalities, like the FAST program for commercial traffic -- demonstrate the breadth of the discussions at the Conference.

Another resolution gave the Standing Committee on Trade and Globalization the mandate to recruit full or associate members of the 1-95 Corridor Coalition for the purpose of developing intelligent transportation systems applications, increasing collaboration, and promoting major international trade corridors in the northeast, particularly along the major routes in the region, such as interstate highways I-91, I-93, I-89 and I-87.

"A consensus was quickly reached among the governors and premiers on the need to explore measures to bring about new frontiers in regional cooperation, like the integration achieved several years ago in Europe," commented Quebec Premier Bernard Landry Jean-Bernard Landry (born March 9, 1937) is a Quebec lawyer, teacher, politician, who served as Premier of Quebec, Canada, (2001–2003), leader of the Opposition (2003–2005) and leader of the Parti Québécois (2001–2005).  after the conference.

In one resolution, the participants gave a new mandate to the Standing Committee on Trade and Globalization to set up a mechanism to prevent trade disputes and establish direct dialogue between the parties involved. A request was also sent to the federal governments of Canada and the United States The United States and Canada share a unique legal relationship. U.S. law looks northward with a mixture of optimism and cooperation, viewing Canada as an integral part of U.S. economic and environmental policy.  to consider a continental approach to the free circulation of goods and people. The aftermath of September 11, 2001, demonstrated the capital importance of fluid trans-border circulation.

Energy-related discussions, once again, revealed the broad scope of concerns in the area and the complexity of the problems. Everyone wants to strengthen the bases for cooperation, while taking regional differences and interests into account.

Several states and provinces also became parties to the International Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Understanding A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a legal document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action and may not imply a legal commitment.  developed following the 1998 ice storm that hit southern Quebec. Quebec, New Brunswick New Brunswick, province, Canada
New Brunswick, province (2001 pop. 729,498), 28,345 sq mi (73,433 sq km), including 519 sq mi (1,345 sq km) of water surface, E Canada.
, Massachusetts, Nova Scotia Nova Scotia (nō`və skō`shə) [Lat.,=new Scotland], province (2001 pop. 908,007), 21,425 sq mi (55,491 sq km), E Canada. Geography
, Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island, province (2001 pop. 135,294), 2,184 sq mi (5,657 sq km), E Canada, off N.B. and N.S. Geography


One of the Maritime Provinces, Prince Edward Island lies in the Gulf of St.
, Maine, and New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E).  are all parties to this agreement that provides for mutual assistance in managing emergency situations that threaten public safety.

The governors and premiers maintained their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas greenhouse gas
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Any of the atmospheric gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect.



greenhouse gas 
 emissions in the northeastern part of the continent, in accordance with the Climate Change Action Plan. In addition, Quebec Premier Bernard Landry and Maine Governor Angus S. King signed a cross-border environmental cooperation agreement.

Quebec and Maine share a common border that is more than 300 km long, as well as a number of cross-border waterways. The agreement will preserve the environmental quality needed for economic development in the Chaudiere-Appalaches and Estrie regions. In addition, the new environmental agreement will encourage the exchanges that are already under way to develop tourism in the Chaudiere-Kennebek corridor.

With this new bilateral agreement, the governments are committed to sharing information and expertise on environmental issues of mutual concern. They also agreed to prevent and mitigate cross-border pollution and cooperate in the event of an environmental catastrophe in one of the jurisdisctions.

Maine is one of Quebec's six U.S. partners in the Conference. They are already partners in multilateral action plans to address acid rain, mercury emissions and the effects of climate change. For example, networks were created in 1998 to collect global data for New England and Eastern Canada Eastern Canada (also the Eastern provinces) is the region of Canada generally considered to be east of Manitoba, consisting of the following provinces:
  • Ontario (1 July 1867)
  • Quebec (1 July 1867)
  • New Brunswick (1 July 1867)
  • Nova Scotia (1 July 1867)
. This data will be used by each government to manage water quality in lakes and rivers.

With regard to higher education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
, greater mobility for students within the region is considered desirable by all parties. Premier Landry informed his U.S. counterparts that specific resources will be dedicated to the promotion of student exchanges as part of the agreement between the Conference des recteurs et principaux des universites du Quebec and the New England Board of Higher Education.

The Quebec and Nova Scotia governments also agreed on general principles for cooperation in promoting French language, education, culture and communications, youth, health and social services social services
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welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs

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, and tourism.

Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm John Frederick Hamm, MLA, MD (born April 8, 1938) is a Canadian physician and politician and was the 31st premier of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Hamm, a graduate of the University of King's College and Dalhousie University, was a family doctor in his hometown of Stellarton, Nova
 noted during the Conference that "Our Acadian and francophone communities play an essential role in building a stronger Nova Scotia. As we approach the 2004 World Acadian Congress in Nova Scotia, it's important for our government to leverage support from as many jurisdictions as possible."

Other similar conferences also bring together various states and provinces. The Council of Great Lakes Governors, with the premiers of Ontario and Quebec, and the Western Premiers and Western Governors Annual Meeting operate according to similar principles.

Even after 27 years, this Conference is still considered very important because there are always issues that affect, and will continue to affect New England and Eastern Canada. In 1973, the phenomena of climate change and acid rain were not concerns, but these are now part of the environmental discussions. Free trade was not an issue then, but today it is a topic that is constantly pressing for the 11 states and provinces and is of prime importance for their economies and quality of life. As Mr. Poirier noted, new issues are always cropping up among the broad interests of the participants.

Julie Demers (jdemers@managemetmag.com) is associate French editor of CMA CMA - Concert Multithread Architecture from DEC.  Management magazine.
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