07/14/2015 01:13 EDT | Updated 07/14/2016 05:59 EDT

Economy the focus as B.C. premier skips legislature to meet with colleagues

VICTORIA - Travel plans will keep British Columbia's premier away from most of this week's legislative debate on the blueprint agreement for the liquefied natural gas industry.

Christy Clark is leaving to join her provincial and territorial counterparts for a meeting in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The gathering begins tomorrow in Goose Bay, where aboriginal leaders are hoping to pressure the premiers to do more to support First Nations' concerns.

Meetings then shift to St. John's on Thursday and Friday, with economic issues, health care, trade and climate change up for discussion.

Clark says the economy remains her focus, with the elimination of inter-provincial trade barriers, free trade and better infrastructure to transport goods all high on B.C.'s agenda.

An uncommon summer session is expected to continue all week in the province as MLAs debate legislation laying the groundwork for B.C.'s first LNG plant, proposed for the north coast. (CHNL)