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NEWS RELEASE · 19th July 2011
Intergovernmental Relations
John Les, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, today announced he will lead a British Columbia delegation to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Annual Summit in Portland, Oregon July 19-22.

Founded in 1991, the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) is the only statutory, non-partisan, bi-national, public-private partnership in North America. PNWER is the forum for collaborative bi-national planning involving both the public and private sectors and offers leadership at the state and provincial level.

PNWER facilitates working groups consisting of public and private leaders to address specific issues impacting our regional economy. This year’s summit includes topics covering trade and economic development, transportation, tourism and border issues.

Les, Parliamentary Secretary to Premier Christy Clark, will lead the B.C. delegation which includes Attorney General Barry Penner, and Members of the Legislative Assembly Bill Bennett, Richard Lee and John Yap.

PNWER will hold its annual Economic Leadership Forum in Victoria later this fall Nov. 16-19.

John Les, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier – “Our government is committed to the very principles PNWER holds dear – putting families first by increasing the economic well-being and quality of life for all citizens in the region.”

“Partnerships such as PNWER help policy-makers strengthen competitiveness, secure our shared border, and promote regional trade right across the Pacific Northwest.”

Barry Penner, Attorney General – “As a past president of PNWER, I know that there is much to be gained by learning from other jurisdictions and co-ordinating our efforts on a variety of issues and policies.”

“At this meeting, I will be speaking about opportunities to expand the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, something that can benefit not just British Columbia but all of our partners in the Pacific Northwest."

About the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER): www.pnwer.org