2nd Session, 40th Legislature

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Bill 203


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WHEREAS the New West Partnership is an agreement that creates a barrier-free trade and investment market for British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan;

AND WHEREAS the New West Partnership benefits businesses, investors and workers in cultivating prosperity, innovation and economic strength in Western Canada;

AND WHEREAS it is desirable for Manitobans to benefit from this economic partnership;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Negotiations to commence

1(1)        Within one year after the coming into force of this Act, the government must, in writing, communicate to the governments of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan the desire of the government to join the New West Partnership and its intention to commence negotiations with those governments as soon as possible.

New West Partnership

1(2)        In subsection (1), "New West Partnership" means the partnership agreement entered into by the governments of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan on April 30, 2010, the four components of which are

(a) the New West Partnership Trade Agreement;

(b) the New West Partnership International Cooperation Agreement;

(c) the New West Partnership Innovation Agreement; and

(d) the New West Partnership Procurement Agreement.

Coming into force

2           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill requires the government of Manitoba to contact the governments of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to begin negotiations to join their economic partnership, known as the New West Partnership, within one year after the Bill receives royal assent.