HALIFAX (GNB) – Premier Brian Gallant met with colleague premiers at the Council of Atlantic Premiers meeting in Halifax today.

Among the items discussed were red tape reduction and the region’s continued collaboration with the federal government through the Atlantic Growth Strategy.

“Economic growth in Atlantic Canada was the focus of our conversations,” said Gallant. “We will collaborate to enhance innovation within our industries, reduce red tape for businesses in the region, and strengthen our workforce in Atlantic Canada.”

Gallant met with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan.

Also discussed was the importance of being prepared for the legalization of cannabis.

“We all want to get cannabis out of the hands of youth and get the proceeds of selling cannabis out of the hands of criminals,” said Gallant. “Working together, we can keep the people of the Atlantic region safe while pursuing the economic opportunities presented by the legalization of cannabis by the federal government.”

The next meeting of the Council of Atlantic Premiers will be held in Prince Edward Island.