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Go west, Manitoba.
Premier Brian Pallister has made good on one of his most ardent campaign pledges with the announcement Thursday Manitoba has joined the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.
Manitoba will now join Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia in a trade agreement designed to enhance trade, investment and labour mobility between Western provinces.
With the inclusion of Manitoba, the partnership creates a common market of more than 11 million people, with a combined GDP of more than $750 billion.
"Business owners, community leaders and chambers of commerce from across Manitoba have long called for our province to pursue new opportunities for growth and reduced trade barriers," said Pallister in a news release. "Joining the New West Partnership will bring these advantages. We look forward to working with British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to expand opportunities and support stronger economies right across Western Canada."
Pallister is scheduled to speak on the announcement later today.
The agreement also removes barriers to movement of goods, services, investment and people within and between the provinces.
The original New West Partnership Trade Agreement came into effect July 1, 2010, and has been fully implemented since July 1, 2013.
The three other premiers welcomed Manitoba's inclusion in the news release.
"We are pleased to welcome Manitoba into the New West Partnership. We’ve had great success over the past six years in removing barriers and opening up trade within our region. Together, we can continue to reduce hurdles affecting long-term business opportunities and make western Canada even stronger." - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall
"Alberta is proud to work with our western neighbours to grow, strengthen and diversify the economy. We share a common commitment to creating jobs, enhancing opportunities for enterprise and investment, and increasing prosperity throughout and beyond Western Canada - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley
"Western provinces are leaders in reducing barriers to trade and bringing Manitoba into the New West Partnership Trade Agreement can only strengthen our open market. By joining forces, we can continue to expand our economies and benefit all Canadians. - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.