Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

June 30, 2008 20:20 ET

Government of British Columbia: Pacific Coast Leaders Build Regional Collaboration

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) -

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

2008OTP0171-001017

June 30, 2008

Office of the Premier

Offices of the Governors of Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington

Pacific Coast Leaders Build Regional Collaboration

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING - A new Pacific Coast Collaborative agreement between British Columbia, Washington, California, Oregon and Alaska will forge a new partnership and a forum for leadership, co-operative action, and a common voice on issues affecting the Pacific coast region.

The agreement establishing the Pacific Coast Collaborative was announced today by B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

"The Pacific Coast Collaborative builds on the consensus among B.C. and other coastal jurisdictions on climate change to create engagement among leaders for cooperative action on critical issues facing the region," Premier Campbell said. "Together, Alaska, B.C., California, Oregon, and Washington represent more than 95,500 kilometres of coastline, and we share common concerns and ideas for action and a network of connections between us. This is the first agreement that brings the Pacific leaders together as a common front to set a co-operative direction into the Pacific century."

"In a world with increasingly complex challenges such as dealing with climate change, ocean health, security, or regional economic growth and stability, we require solutions that are global, regional, and local," said Governor Gregoire. "Washington is proud of our leadership role at all levels, but particularly pleased to announce this path-breaking regional agreement that is at once both interstate and international."

"One state alone cannot solve the fight against climate change, or protect our entire ocean, or clean the air we all share - but together, we have the tremendous power to protect our environment," Governor Schwarzenegger said. "That's why these partnerships are so important - they allow us to team up to really protect our precious resources, forests, our oceans and more in a regional approach."

"This agreement builds on the strong relationship we have on climate action and takes the relationship to a new level of collaboration," said Governor Kulongoski.

"I am proud to join other leaders in the Pacific Northwest to sign the Pacific Coast Collaborative," said Governor Palin. "The impacts of climate change in Alaska are already occurring-coastal erosion, increased storm effects, sea ice retreat and permafrost melt. The Pacific Coast Collaborative will give us the opportunity to share knowledge, experience and resources."

The Pacific Coast Collaborative will meet at least once a year, with the chair and the meeting location rotating annually through each jurisdiction. These meetings will be a forum for information sharing and create the opportunity for collaborative action by several or all of the members together.

The Pacific Coast Collaborative will see information sharing and co-operation on clean energy; regional transportation; innovation, research and development; enhancing a sustainable regional economy, especially with respect to environmental good and services; emergency management; and other future topics.

The plan to build the Pacific Coast Collaborative was announced in the British Columbia Speech from the Throne in 2007. Agreements signed to take action on climate change in 2007 between B.C. and California, Washington and Oregon have laid the foundation for further collaboration between the jurisdictions.



Media Contacts:

Bridgitte Anderson
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier of British Columbia
604 307-7177

Washington Governor's Communications Office
360 902-4136

Jillian E. Schoene
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Governor of Oregon
503 378-5040 phone

Alaska Governor's Communications Office
907 269-7450

Lisa Page
Chief Deputy Press Secretary
Office of the Governor of California
916 445-4571


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BACKGROUNDER

2008OTP0171-001017

June 30, 2008

Office of the Premier

Offices of the Governors of Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington

MEMORANDUM TO ESTABLISH THE PACIFIC COAST COLLABORATIVE

PREAMBLE

THE GOVERNMENTS OF ALASKA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON, AND WASHINGTON,

Recognizing the unique and shared circumstances of the coastal and Pacific jurisdictions of North America;

Partners in taking action to address climate change;

Committed to collaboration and collective action to maximize the impact of our individual and joint actions;

Sharing a common vision of Pacific North America as a model of innovation and sustainable living in the Pacific Century that creates new and growing economic opportunities for our citizens;

Desiring therefore to create a model for sharing best practices, a framework for co-operative action, a forum for leadership, and a common voice on issues affecting the Pacific coast region;

NOW THEREFORE HEREBY AGREE AS FOLLOWS:

Establishment of the Pacific Coast Collaborative

1. The Pacific Coast Collaborative ("the Collaborative") is hereby established by this Memorandum.

2. The signatories as represented by their Governor or Premier, as the case may be, are members of the Pacific Coast Collaborative.

Objectives

3. The Pacific Coast Collaborative is being established in recognition of, and to address, the unique and shared circumstances of the Pacific coastal areas and jurisdictions in North America by providing:

- a framework for co-operative action;

- a forum for leadership and the sharing of information on best practices; and

- a common voice on issues facing coastal and Pacific jurisdictions.

Mandate

4. The Collaborative shall provide for an annual meeting to initiate, undertake and review joint actions and the co-ordination of individual actions by its member governments on:

- Clean Energy;

- Regional transportation;

- Innovation, research and development;

- Enhancing a sustainable regional economy, especially with respect to environmental good and services;

- Emergency management; and

- Other areas as determined that would benefit from co-operative action.

5. To this end, future agreements reached by all signatories to this Memorandum pursuant to Article 4 will be set out in an Appendix 1 and incorporated into this Memorandum.

6. Future agreements pursuant to Article 4 that apply to some signatories to this Memorandum will be set out in an Appendix 2, and they will apply only to those signatories that have signed them.

Organization

7. The Collaborative is under the responsibility of the signatories, the Governors of Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington, the Premier of British Columbia, and the Governors of other Pacific North American jurisdictions who may wish to join.

8. The Collaborative shall meet at least once a calendar year. The Chair and the meeting location will rotate annually through each jurisdiction. Each member of the Collaborative is responsible for their representatives' travel expenses to attend such meetings.

9. Any member of the Collaborative may propose initiatives and agreements to be added to Appendix 1 or Appendix 2 of this Memorandum, or amendments to this Memorandum.

10. Decisions or resolution of any disagreements with respect to this Memorandum shall be by consensus.

11. Decisions or resolution of any disagreements with respect to any of the initiatives or agreements set out in Appendix 1 or Appendix 2 of this Memorandum shall be as provided for in those agreements.

Final Provisions

12. Nothing in this Memorandum alters the legislative or other authorities of the state or provincial legislatures or of the state or provincial governments or the rights of any of them with respect to the exercise of their authorities under the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of Canada as the case may be.

13. The parties agree that participation as a member of the Collaborative established in this Memorandum is voluntary and no party to this Memorandum may bring legal action to enforce any provision herein or amendment thereto.

14. This Collaborative comes into effect on July 1, 2008.

Signed at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on the occasion of the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Western Governors Association, this 30th day of June 2008.



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Sarah Palin
Governor of Alaska

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Gordon Campbell
Premier of British Columbia

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Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California

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Theodore R. Kulongoski
Governor of Oregon

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Christine O. Gregoire
Governor of Washington


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Contact Information

  • Office of the Premier of British Columbia
    Bridgitte Anderson
    Press Secretary
    (604) 307-7177
    or
    Washington Governor's Communications Office
    (360) 902-4136
    or
    Office of the Governor of Oregon
    Jillian E. Schoene
    Deputy Communications Director
    (503) 378-5040
    or
    Alaska Governor's Communications Office
    (907) 269-7450