B.C., Wash­ing­ton state recom­mit to strength­en­ing re­gional part­ner­ship, build­ing sus­tain­able fu­ture

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Van­cou­ver: B.C. Premier John Hor­gan and Wash­ing­ton state Gov. Jay Inslee met on Wed­nes­day for a bi­lat­eral meet­ing and signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) to act jointly to grow the re­gion’s in­no­va­tion econ­omy, pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and com­bat cli­mate change, pro­mote trade and im­prove trans­porta­tion con­nec­tiv­ity.

“Gov. Inslee and I are work­ing to­gether to tackle chal­lenges, and seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties and po­ten­tial in our re­gion,” said Premier Hor­gan. “To­day’s mem­o­ran­dum builds on work al­ready un­der­way to de­liver strong, sus­tain­able eco­nomic devel­op­ment, cre­ate good jobs and build a bet­ter fu­ture for peo­ple on both sides of the bor­der.” The new MOU de­tails nu­mer­ous ar­eas of col­lab­o­ra­tion in­clud­ing pro­tect­ing the en­dan­gered south­ern res­i­dent killer whales and ex­am­in­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of a new multi-juris­dic­tional ul­tra-high-speed rail cor­ri­dor au­thor­ity that could help lead the project in any agreed-upon sub­se­quent phases. “B.C. and Wash­ing­ton state share so much more than just a bor­der,” Gov. Inslee said. “Our peo­ple and our busi­nesses rec­og­nize the ben­e­fits of col­lab­o­ra­tion and part­ner­ship, and we rec­og­nize that in­vest­ing in our work­ers and pro­tect­ing our en­vi­ron­ment goes handin-hand with build­ing a strong econ­omy. We’re al­ready see­ing re­sults from our part­ner­ship and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to make our re­gion a global hub of in­no­va­tion and con­nec­tiv­ity.”

Dur­ing their bi­lat­eral meet­ing, the two lead­ers talked about the new sea­plane ser­vice be­tween Seat­tle and Van­cou­ver and the lat­est busi­ness case anal­y­sis for a 400 km/h (250 mph) ul­tra-high­speed rail cor­ri­dor. The lead­ers also dis­cussed the re­gional ef­fort to pre­vent and treat opi­oid-use disor­der, and high­lighted the need to pro­tect coastal com­mu­ni­ties and shared marine ecosys­tems.

They also com­mit­ted to work jointly to pro­tect south­ern res­i­dent killer whales amid grow­ing con­cerns about risks to the wa­ters the whales travel in and to the salmon they eat.

Wash­ing­ton state Gov. Jay Inslee with Premier John Hor­gan

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