POLITICS
02/10/2012 04:55 EST | Updated 04/11/2012 05:12 EDT

B.C., Washington state sign co-operation deals on issues from jobs to earthquakes

OLYMPIA, Wash. - B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire signed some new co-operation agreements during a meeting in Olympia, Wash., Friday.

They say the agreements cover everything from jobs to preparing for earthquakes.

One of the deals refers to efforts by the Canadian and American federal governments to improve border security and cross-border trade, and says the state and province will do their parts to speed the flow of people, goods and services across the border.

B.C. and Washington will also work together on issues such as clean energy, a regional jobs and investment strategy and transportation, including future border crossing and highway upgrades, as well as the Amtrak passenger rail corridor.

The two governments will also co-ordinate the removal of Japan tsunami debris that may wash ashore on the West Coast this year and work on joint emergency preparedness plans for major earthquakes.