Premier Rodney MacDonald will highlight Nova Scotia’s efforts to address the impact of climate change and discuss internal trade regulations when provincial premiers and territorial leaders meet in Vancouver this week. The premiers are having a working meeting of the Council of the Federation today, Jan. 28, followed by a climate change adaptation forum on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Nova Scotia is leading the country with its Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, the premier said. “The act recognizes that a healthy environment contributes to a healthy economy. We are one of the first jurisdictions in the country to set our environmental targets in legislation,” said Premier MacDonald. The premier also intends to raise the profile of the impact of rising sea levels because of climate change. “Rising sea levels are a serious issue for Nova Scotia and other provinces,” said Premier MacDonald. “The destruction of coastal communities and impact on local drinking water are just two of the concerns.” Discussions at the Council of the Federation meeting will also include internal trade. Nova Scotia will continue to advocate a national approach to address internal trade and labour mobility issues. “We have made progress on internal trade discussions and I’m hopeful that the provinces and territories will be able to finalize a mechanism that will better enable us to settle domestic trade disputes,” said Premier MacDonald. The province also supports a national approach to regulatory reform, and has established its own better regulation initiative. The Council of the Federation includes provincial and territorial premiers. Its winter meeting is a working meeting to discuss progress on issues that will be presented at the annual conference in July.