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Atlantic Provinces Transportation Forum

The Impact of an Atlantic Gateway on the Transportation System of Newfoundland and Labrador

Hosted by the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development

May 30th, 2007, Holiday Inn, St. John’s

The Atlantic Gateway proposal calls for a major transhipment port (or ports) to be located in the Atlantic Region for shipping to and from the Far East, Europe and other trade partners. Will this project be of benefit to Newfoundland and Labrador and what impact will it have on the Province’s transportation system? The Leslie Harris Centre for Regional Policy and Development hosted a one-day Atlantic Provinces Transportation Forum (APTF) in St. John’s on May 30th, 2007. Experts presented on the Gateway concept and community leaders commented on the potential benefits. A Mayors’ Panel debated the merits of the proposal. The Minister of Transportation and Works, the Honourable John Hickey, was the keynote speaker at lunch.

The questions addressed at the Forum included:

  • What are the opportunities created by an Atlantic Gateway?
  • What action needs to be taken to position the Province to realize the potential benefits?
  • What public policy research needs to be undertaken to identify new transportation options and solutions?
  • What role can Memorial University and the Harris Centre play in finding innovative solutions?

Download the conference program.

Download the summary report of the Forum.

Download the evaluation of the Forum.

Download the article in the St. John's Board of Trade's BusinessNews, July 2007


Newfoundland and Labrador and the Atlantic Gateway: Why Canada’s Shipping Policy Needs to Change

Hosted by the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development

July 3rd, 2007, Spencer Hall, Memorial University

Download Professor Richard Hodgson's presentation.

Download a summary of the discussion.

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