BC Premier and Washington Governor sign agreement to strengthen partnerships

 B.C. Premier John Horgan and Washington state Governor Jay Inslee met today for a bilateral meeting aimed at strengthening regional partnerships.

Horgan and Inslee signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to grow the region's innovation economy, protect the environment, combat climate change, promote trade and improve transportation connectivity.

During their bilateral meeting, the two leaders talked about the new seaplane service between Seattle and Vancouver and the latest business case analysis for a 400 km/h (250 mph) ultra-high-speed rail corridor.

They also committed to work on together -- protecting the endangered southern resident killer whales amid growing concerns about risks to the waters the whales travel in, and to the salmon they eat.

Horgan says the MOU builds on work already underway to create good jobs and build a better future for people on both sides of the border.

Gov. Inslee says the 2 jurisdictions share more than a border, recognizing protecting the environment goes hand-in-hand with building a strong economy.

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