The Saskatchewan government and the Yukon government have committed to working closely together in areas of mutual interest.
After signing an Intergovernmental Relations Accord July 16, Premier
Brad Wall said that while Saskatchewan and the Yukon have their own unique needs, working together will be rewarding for each region.
“There are great opportunities to cooperate for the benefit of our citizens when we have so much in common,” Wall said in a press release.
Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski said that the regions have a lot in common, including economic growth and commitment to environmental responsibility.
“Forging closer ties will support the ongoing success of our jurisdictions,” Pasloski said.
Both premiers signed the accord while they were visiting the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Annual Summit in Saskatoon.
The accord will be in effect until 2017.
Where will they cooperate?
According to James Parker, of the Saskatchewan Executive Council, the Yukon and Saskatchewan are looking to work together in a number of areas including:
• Health care
• Environmental protection
• Literacy and skills training.
• Sharing innovations and research
Parker did say that some initiatives have already started but that nothing has been solidified as of yet.