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  Labour Ministers from the four Atlantic Provinces gathered
  in Halifax today for a one-day meeting to discuss labour,
  workers' compensation and other employment-related issues
  impacting Atlantic Canadians.
  The attending ministers are: Guy Brown, Minister of Labour
  for Nova Scotia; Alan Buchanan, Minister of Provincial
  Affairs and Attorney General for Prince Edward Island; Roly
  MacIntyre, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour for New
  Brunswick; and Tom Murphy, Minister of Employment and Labour
  Relations for Newfoundland and Labrador.
  The meeting was initiated by Mr. Brown. "This is the first
  meeting of the Atlantic ministers of labour in recent
  history," said Mr. Brown. "Keeping the lines of
  communication open and discussing common areas of concern
  are essential."
  The meeting gave the ministers the opportunity to get
  acquainted with each other and the issues they are facing in
  their respective provinces. "It is important that we sit
  down around the same table," said PEI Minister Alan
  Buchanan. "It holds benefits for the work we are doing
  inside our provinces, as well as within Atlantic Canada."
  The agenda covered a variety of labour and
  employment-related topics such as minimum wage rates and
  labour-management relations. Sharing resources on mutually
  beneficial research initiatives was also discussed.
  Ministers were updated on the progress in achieving greater
  consistency in occupational health and safety (OHS)
  legislation, regulations and training among the four
  provinces. An inter-jurisdictional committee on OHS
  harmonization is working to share health and safety
  information, resources and consultation on an Atlantic
  "The challenges we are facing in my province are similar to
  those in the other three Atlantic Provinces," said New
  Brunswick Minister Roly MacIntyre. "It is important to get
  together and look at cooperative approaches, where and when
  it makes sense."
  Key concerns from employee and employer viewpoints were
  presented by Rick Clarke, president of the Nova Scotia
  Federation of Labour, and Peter O'Brien of the Canadian
  Federation of Independent Business.
  "I think we have come away from this meeting with a stronger
  appreciation of the issues we are facing in Atlantic
  Canada," said Tom Murphy, Minister from Newfoundland and
  Labrador. "The groundwork we have laid will be beneficial
  for the future."
  Mr. Murphy invited the ministers to continue this initiative
  by coming to Newfoundland and Labrador for a future meeting.
  Contact: Jennifer MacIsaac  902-424-3219 or 902-424-4680
  trp                      Nov. 17, 1995