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British Columbia: Canada's Pacific Gateway to the World

Report by Erika-Kirsten Easton

In November 2004, the Public Policy Forum hosted a conference entitled British Columbia: Canada’s Pacific Gateway to the World. This conference brought together leaders to examine how best to leverage and profile British Columbia and Vancouver prominently in Canadian economic development. This report summarizes each panel session of the workshop. Speakers and participants discussed recent positive developments, current challenges, and solutions for continued prosperity.

Easton identifies six key conclusions that arose from the conference’s discussions. One conclusion is that British Columbia offers Canada a huge geographic and cultural advantage with respect to the emerging Asian market. She also highlights major priorities for building a more prosperous economy in British Columbia, including changing federal air, rail, and marine policies, and harmonizing regulations with federal agencies more effectively.

The author points out another key conclusion: Canada and British Columbia need to develop a coherent long-term plan to develop transportation infrastructure. As well, she cautions that demographic pressures and labour shortages could limit British Columbia’s growth potential. Easton concludes that British Columbia and Canada need to act quickly in all areas to ensure that BC can be positioned as the pre-eminent North American hub for Asian trade and travel.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Erika-Kirsten Easton;
Publisher: Public Policy Forum [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2005; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National; Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Foreign Investment
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / International Market Access
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Foreign Investment / 2005
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / International Market Access / 2005
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance


Keywords / Tags:

Canada's relationship with Asia; Canadian economic development; British Columbia; Vancouver; Asian markets;