07/17/2015 12:54 EDT

Premiers' Deal On National Energy Strategy Includes Pipeline Support, Climate Action


ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Canada's premiers have reached a deal on a national energy strategy that supports both project development and the need to act on climate change.

A communique released today as premiers met in St. John's, N.L., states the strategy provides the foundation for provinces and territories to work on energy priorities.

It says the provinces and territories are better positioned to develop and transport energy and promote research and technology that will enhance the energy sector and encourage the transition to a lower carbon economy.

It also says Canada's energy future requires policies that send a strong signal across the economy to enhance energy efficiency, lower the carbon footprint and support technological innovation.

The communique says provincial and territorial governments will co-operate on energy issues in line with their unique strengths, challenges and priorities.

The strategy comes after Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan originally criticized some of his colleagues for failing to highlight the importance of the oil and gas industries to the economy.

More to come.

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