Improving ways to get Manitoba and Saskatchewan products to export markets will top the agenda at a joint ministers of transportation conference here today and tomorrow.
The conference, which is a follow up to the provinces’ first joint cabinet meeting in February, will explore expansion of regional co-operation between the provinces.
“As two prairie provinces at the heart of the continent, Manitoba and Saskatchewan share many of the same advantages and challenges when it comes to getting our products to international markets,” said Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton.
“By enhancing our trading relationships with the United States and Mexico through initiatives such as trucking and rail policy harmonization, producers, manufacturers and ultimately the residents of both Saskatchewan and Manitoba will benefit,” said Saskatchewan Transportation Minister Jim Reiter.
During the meeting, the ministers also hosted several stakeholder groups who provided recommendations and ideas about how the provinces can work together to provide a more seamless economic environment. Stakeholders included the Manitoba Trucking Association, Saskatchewan Trucking Association, Council of Saskatchewan Forestries, Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, the Forestry Industry Association of Manitoba, Petroleum Services Association of Canada, Tundra Oil and Gas and Precision Well Servicing.