western premiersVancouver: Canada’s western and northern premiers begin gathering in Vancouver today as Premier Christy Clark hosts the annual Western Premiers’ Conference (WPC). “I am looking forward to be hosting this year’s Western Premiers’ Conference,” said Premier Clark. “The conference provides us an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with our neighbours and to discuss opportunities to build long-term partnerships and work together for the benefit of all Canadians.”

The main focus of this year’s conference will be growing the economy, including responsible energy and resource development, climate action, and international trade and market access. The premiers will also discuss Aboriginal entrepreneurship, immigration, and wildfires, floods and drought.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has bowed out of the conference, replaced by her Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman, who also serves as Health Minister. The Western Premiers’ Conference is held annually. It brings together the leaders of Canada’s four western provinces and three territories in order to advance priorities and mutual areas of interest.