North America’s closest shipping links to Europe and to rapidly growing parts of Asia. More than 1,400 cutting-edge information and communication technology companies. Four communities on the country’s top 10 list for best locations to do business. Those are just three of the advantages Nova Scotia has in today’s global business world, say business and government leaders travelling to Ottawa today, Oct. 16. “Nova Scotia has all the ingredients it needs to succeed in the modern global economy,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald, who will meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday afternoon to discuss such issues as the Atlantic Gateway and fiscal imbalance. “Nova Scotia Days in Ottawa (Oct. 16 and 17) gives us a chance to raise awareness of the innovative and creative things that are already being done in this province and to focus attention on how we can work with other parts of Canada to make the most of opportunities to further strengthen the country’s competitive edge.” Representatives from a number of Nova Scotia businesses are among delegates who have travelled at their own expense for meetings and speaking engagements in the nation’s capital, beginning this evening with a reception co-hosted by Premier MacDonald and U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins. On Tuesday, Premier MacDonald, Stephen Lund, CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., and Dan MacDonald, president of InNOvaCorp, will launch the day at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation by discussing the province’s strengths in the global knowledge-based economy. Presentations on Tuesday by Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Neil LeBlanc, Canada’s Consul General in Boston, and Brian Bohunicky, Transport Canada, are also expected to focus on the immediate challenges and long-term opportunities presented by Nova Scotia for North American shipping and transportation markets. “The Atlantic Gateway, Nova Scotia’s strong defence industry and aerospace ties, our cutting edge research in diverse fields like brain repair and the use of fish byproducts — these are all things we want our fellow Canadians to better understand,” said the premier. “In this global economy, Canada needs to work together to build upon its strengths. That means strategic thinking. That means looking at issues like federal-provincial fiscal imbalances from a fully informed perspective.” The premier said his lunchtime keynote address Tuesday at the Canadian Club of Ottawa will focus on the province’s ability to build upon its existing reputation for business excellence and a highly skilled, dependable workforce, while providing corporations with the added benefits of a safe and welcoming community. “Many of the Nova Scotia-based companies and groups that will be sending representatives on this trip already know that the province provides a winning combination. They know that Nova Scotia is a place that offers key business advantages plus an enviable lifestyle for their workers. Their success in today’s tough business climate is the best way to showcase everything the province is doing right. It is also an effective way to lead informed debate about the challenges that need to still be overcome and how best we can do that.” Provincial cabinet members joining the delegation for Nova Scotia Days also include: Michael Baker, Minister of Finance; Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development; Bill Dooks, Minister of Energy; Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, and; Karen Casey, Minister of Education.