Premier John Hamm signed an official letter of intent to bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games today, July 13, with Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly. Halifax, in partnership with the province, is bidding to be the Canadian city chosen to represent Canada in the international competition in 2007. “Many Nova Scotians benefit when the province and the city work together,” said Premier Hamm. “This project is a terrific opportunity for us to combine our resources and help a lot of people. This project supports several provincial priorities, by creating and promoting a healthier, more active way of life for Nova Scotians, and by helping improve our sports facilities, roads and housing. “We also want to show the world what a wonderful place Nova Scotia is to live, do business, work, and raise a family,” added the premier. The province and the city will share the total costs of this bid, estimated at $750,000. Fred MacGillivray, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, will chair the bid committee. The deadline for letters of intent to bid is July 22, 2005. Commonwealth Games Canada will announce the Canadian representative in December of this year. The country chosen to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be announced in 2007.