March 2009 Events
- News Release
VICTORIA – B.C. Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations Joan McIntyre witnessed the signing Mar. 23 of a statement of intent by the attorneys general of British Columbia and the state of Baja California, Mexico. Attorney General Wally Oppal of B.C. (centre) and Attorney General Rommel Moreno Manjarrez of Baja California (second left) jointly announced the intent to work towards collaborating on preventing criminal activities that cross their borders such as: human or weapons trafficking; money laundering; Internet crimes against children; offenders fleeing British Columbia or Mexico. Also in attendance were: John Van Dongen, B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General; Eduardo Martinez Silva, Mr Moreno Manjarrez’s private secretary.
VICTORIA – Intergovernmental Relations Minister Joan McIntyre is shown greeting Tyler Mosher, National team member of the Para Nordic and Adaptive Snowboard teams, during an event at the Victoria Legislature as Cabinet ministers, MLAs and members of the public gathered to mark the one year countdown to the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games.
VANCOUVER – Expanding trade, investment and job creation across the West, consideration of a new regional pension plan option and further co-operation on tackling gang violence highlighted the inaugural Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan joint cabinet meeting held Mar. 13 in Vancouver.
VICTORIA – Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations Joan McIntyre hosted the annual Francophone Day celebration at the legislature rotunda March 12. During the event, the minister helped la Federation des francophones de la Columbie-Britannique to unveil its new visual identity which includes the slogan, “La Colombie-Britannique, j’en fais partie! French. A part of us.” Among the dignitaries at the event (l to r): Mary Polak, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport; Joan McIntyre; John Nuraney, MLA Burnaby-Willingdon; Dr. Real Roy, president, la Federation des francophones de la Columbie-Britannique.
VICTORIA – Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations Joan McIntyre (left) honoured Francophone and Francophile athletes from British Columbia as part of the province’s annual Francophone Day celebration March 12. Minister McIntyre presented Carly Grigg of Victoria with a plaque honouring her achievements as a para alpine skier preparing for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Also honoured were Michelle Bartlemann, skeleton competitor, of Squamish and Erinne Winnock, road cyclist, of Victoria. McIntyre told about 100 guests at the legislature rotunda event for Francophone Day that the talents of Canada’s Francophone and Francophile athletes will serve to reinforce Canada’s linguistic duality.
VICTORIA – Intergovernmental Relations Minister Joan McIntyre joined Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, and Ida Chong, Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development March 12. The Ministers announced that B.C. became the first province in Canada to introduce legislation to dismantle barriers to full labour mobility to all trades and professions. This legislation supports the national Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), improving opportunities for workers and employers.
COQUITLAM – B.C. Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations Joan McIntyre delivered greetings and congratulations from the provincial government during the 20th annual Festival Du Bois held at Mackin Park Mar. 8 in the historic Maillardville community at Coquitlam. Shown here on the festival’s main stage are (l to r): Dr. Real Roy, Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique president; Joanne Dumas, festival executive director; James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and MP for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam; and Joan McIntyre.
VANCOUVER – The B.C. Government’s new Asia-Pacific Business Centre, located at Robson Square was officially opened Mar. 5. The centre is a first point of contact for B.C.-based businesses seeking strategic market intelligence, referrals and information on doing business in Asia. It will also assist incoming investors from Asia connect to business and economic opportunities in British Columbia. Pictured (from left) are: Yuen Pau Woo, President and CEO of Asia-Pacific Foundations of Canada; Ida Chong, Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific Initiative; Arthur Hara, Past-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Trade Council; Joan McIntyre, Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations; Richard T. Lee, MLA Burnaby-North and Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia-Pacific Initiative.