Moe watching for shift in policy, not personnel, as federal cabinet shuffled
Premier Scott Moe greeted the choice of Chrystia Freeland as the federal government’s cabinet-level emissary to the provinces, saying he has a “fairly strong working relationship” with the former foreign affairs minister. But his general assessment of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s post-election cabinet shuffle was more tepid. He said the people matter less than the policies, and there’s little sign so far that the policies will change. “It’s But his general assessment of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s post-election cabinet shuffle was more tepid. He said the people matter less than the policies, and there’s little sign so far that the policies will change.
A spokesperson for the deputy prime minister confirmed to Global News thatwill meet with the Saskatchewan premier on Tuesday.
Premier's office, in a statement, said "the Premier has had a positive working relationship with Minister Freeland, and he looks forward to discussing issues that are facing our province."
In a previous meeting between Moe and the prime minister, Scott Moe said he told Justin Trudeau he was tired of hearing “more of the same,” and that he asked Trudeau to cancel the carbon tax, commit to renegotiating equalization and work on more efficiently getting Saskatchewan products to market.
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After that meeting, which Moe called “disappointing,” he said he was looking to expand provincial autonomy.
Trudeau in turn tweeted that he is “committed to working together to keep fighting climate change, creating jobs, and making life more affordable for people in Saskatchewan and across Canada.”
The meeting with Freeland comes less than a week afterappointed her to the posts of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. Trudeau previously said that the Alberta-born MP will focus on western alienation.
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The trip is Freeland's first since being named deputy prime minister tasked with national unity last week.Freeland, formerly the minister of foreign affairs, was promoted in last week's cabinet shuffle and named both deputy prime minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs in what has been billed as an effort by the government to put its focus on addressing deep regional divisions.
The Liberals won just four seats in Manitoba and none in Saskatchewan or Alberta, prompting efforts by the government to quell western frustration.
Former Cabinet Minister and Winnipeg MP Jim Carr will act as an envoy for the Prairies in Ottawa.
The meeting will also take place shortly after Trudeau’s sit-down with Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who has also publicly disagreed with the federal government.
—With files from Emerald Bensadoun and David Baxter
Fiscal stabilization reforms to be a focus of Freeland-premiers meeting: Moe .
Premier Scott Moe says the provinces will be looking for areas of consensus.Premiers are set to met in Toronto for two days beginning on Monday with Deputy Prime Minister and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.