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GLIN==> Ontario, Quebec join Great Lakes Commission Board
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- Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 16:51:32 -0400
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Provincial representatives gain associate member status
Ontario, Québec take seats on Great Lakes Commission Board
Ann Arbor, Mich. — In a move to enhance joint management of the binational
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system, the Great Lakes Commission has welcomed
Ontario and Québec to its board of directors.
Acting unanimously, the board recently voted to extend associate member status
to the chairs of the Commission’s Ontario and Québec delegations. The move
was announced at the Great Lakes Commission’s recent Semiannual Meeting in
“This symbolizes the continuing evolution toward achieving the original intent
of the Great Lakes Basin Compact, which is full participation for Ontario
and Québec,” said Great Lakes Commission Chairman Nat Robinson, referring
to the 1955 agreement that established the Commission. “We’ve benefited from
provincial participation in recent years and this moves us toward greater
cooperation and partnership in jointly addressing the challenges and opportunities
of managing this shared resource, the greatest system of fresh water on the
face of the Earth.”
As associate members of the board of directors, the chairs of the Ontario
and Québec delegations will be in a position to participate in board policy
discussions with the eight state members and share their perspectives on
matters affecting the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system. Ontario is represented
by Bill Carr, team leader of Ontario's Western Hemisphere Office of International
Relations and Protocol; and Quebec by Maurice Boisvert, government representative
to Québec's Chicago Delegation.
The Semiannual Meeting featured an additional milestone, as Chairman Robinson
was honored by the Commission and his governor, Scott McCallum of Wisconsin,
for a decade of service to the Great Lakes Commission.
In other action, Commissioners unanimously adopted five resolutions spelling
out Commission policy and initiatives on issues ranging from border security
to environmental restoration. In those resolutions, the Commission:
• Called on Congress to reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to restore
and delist toxic hot spots, or “Areas of Concern,” and to embrace Commission
priorities for cleanup identified in the Commission's Great Lakes Program
to Ensure Environmental and Economic Prosperity.
• Commended the U.S. and Canadian governments for addressing border issues
through the Smart Border Declaration, a 30-point action plan designed to
facilitate high volume border trade while providing security against terrorism.
• Supported the Great Lakes Navigation System Study, which will examine potential
capital improvements to optimize Great Lakes navigation, and called for full
involvement of the governments of Canada, Québec and Ontario, and the St.
Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, in the study effort.
• Commited to pursue opportunities to promote the development of regional,
national and binational energy policy as it relates to use and management
of the resources of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system.
• Endorsed the notion of a “Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forum,” which would
bring together representatives of leading regional and binational public
agencies to explore and pursue matters of common concern.
The full Commission membership will next meet at its Annual Meeting, to be
held Oct. 14-15, 2002, in Cleveland, Ohio. Contact the Great Lakes Commission
for details at 734-665-9135 or visit www.glc.org.
Contact: Mike Donahue
The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson (Wisconsin),
is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by state and U.S. federal
law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and
high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and its residents.
The Commission consists of state legislators, agency officials and governors’
appointees from its eight member states. Associate membership for Ontario
and Québec was established through the signing of a “Declaration of Partnership.”
The Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian
federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional
interests. The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.