Premier Rodney MacDonald and other premiers from Atlantic Canada and Quebec met today, Sept. 16, with the six New England governors at the 32nd Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Bar Harbour, Maine. Among the main topics at the conference were energy and transportation issues. With the growing need to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the premiers and governors were presented with an update of renewable energy projects from both sides of the border. They included reports on hydro, wind and the potential for tidal power from the Bay of Fundy. The meeting also focused on the huge task of getting projects to transmission lines that could be networked throughout Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the energy-hungry U.S. Northeast. “Clearly a lot of work would need to be done to bring some of these massive projects together to realize their maximum potential, which would greatly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and play a huge role in protecting our environment,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. On issues of transportation, regional agencies will work to harmonize weight limits to allow heavier Canadian trucks better access throughout New England. This would be a positive development for the Atlantic Gateway project. Also promoting the gateway project at the conference was Stephen Hartlen, vice-president of Nova Scotia’s InNOVAcorp. His presentation addressed strategies for promoting innovative industries. “Promoting the gateway project and addressing transportation issues are items that are directly related,” said Premier MacDonald. “The conference provided an excellent forum to work on both of those areas and should, in the long term, be a positive benefit for the Nova Scotia economy.” Next year’s conference will be held in Saint John, N.B.