Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Premier Couillard Hosts Conference on Great Lakes in Quebec City

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Premier Couillard Hosts Conference on Great Lakes in Quebec City

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Quebec Premier hosts Great Lakes conference

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QUEBEC - Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has begun hosting a three-day conference in Quebec City on the future of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region.

The goal of the conference is for the Canadian Premiers and U.S. Governors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River territory to work together on combating invasive species threatening the waterways and to strengthen tourism and maritime trade.

Moreover, for the first time Quebec and Ontario have been welcomed as full members in the organization, called the Council of the Great Lakes Governors and Premiers.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said at a news conference Friday "the latest scientific research shows (the Great Lakes) are again under threat. Those new challenges we are confronting require strong relationships."

Also attending the conference is Michigan Governor Rick Snyder who said he was happy to finally welcome the two provinces as full members of the council.

"We have an excellent opportunity to continue to see progress in something that's of critical importance -- a world asset to all of us -- and that's the Great Lakes and the St. …

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