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Canada Premiers meet outside Toronto, try to find consensus on dealing with Ottawa

18:15  02 december  2019
18:15  02 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Ford rallying premiers to call for large increase in federal health transfers

  Ford rallying premiers to call for large increase in federal health transfers Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s top priority at Monday’s meeting of provincial and territorial leaders is to push the federal government to boost its annual health care transfers to the provinces — and this time, there are signs the Liberals are not ruling it out. Ford is expected to rally premiers to again call on Ottawa to increase the health care escalator — the annual increase to the health-care transfer — to 5.2 per cent from the current three per cent."We agreed in Saskatchewan at the COF (Council of the Federation) meeting that we need an increase to 5.2 per cent.

The meeting of the Council of the Federation as the premiers call themselves was called in the wake of the federal election to deal with the thorny issue We’re having a heck of a time trying to get flood protection and hydro projects done, let alone Premier Kenney and Premier Moe getting a pipeline built.

OTTAWA — Premiers of all the provinces and territories gather Monday in Toronto to try to shape a collective agenda for their relationship with the federal government, after an election that left the nation in a partisan patchwork.

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — A meeting of Canada's premiers is underway just outside Toronto to set some collective priorities for dealing with the new minority federal government.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford kicked off the meeting by donning a Winnipeg Blue Bombers jersey, after he lost a bet to Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister over the Grey Cup, in which the Winnipeg team beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Ford then handed out Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys to all the premiers and welcomed them to Ontario.

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"We're going to have a real productive meeting today and I think it sends a clear message to all of Canada — all the provinces and the territories and along with the federal government and the rest of the world — that we may have our differences, but we're united as a country," he said.

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OTTAWA — Premiers of all the provinces and territories gather Monday in Toronto to try to shape a collective agenda for their relationship with the federal government, after an election that left the nation in a partisan patchwork.

OTTAWA — Premiers of all the provinces and territories gather Monday in Toronto to try to shape a collective agenda for their relationship with the federal government, after an election that left the nation in a partisan patchwork.

The federal election campaign laid bare some regional divisions, and the premiers of Saskatchewan and Alberta — where the Liberals won no seats — have been especially vocal about their asks from Ottawa.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to change the equalization formula, but there is unlikely to be consensus on that around the premiers' table.

Moe, who is chair of the Council of the Federation, says all of the premiers will come to the meeting with various priorities and differing opinions, but the goal is to find a few issues on which they have common ground.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says health care is a concern for everyone, and that all premiers want a 5.2 per cent annual increase to the Canada Health Transfer.

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  Premiers meet on Doug Ford's turf to push Ottawa to send more money to the provinces The leaders of the country's provinces and territories will gather in Ontario Premier Doug Ford's backyard today as they look to craft a policy agenda they hope will be palatable to the minority Liberal government in Ottawa. While many of the premiers have met one on one with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau since the Oct. 21 vote, the Toronto-area meeting is the first time all the premiers will meet as a group since voters returned Trudeau to Ottawa with a second mandate.

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But there may not be consensus specifically on pharmacare, which will be a key discussion Ottawa will have with the provinces, with Ontario sounding lukewarm notes about it recently, pushing instead for better coverage for rare diseases.

Climate policy will be another tough area to get all parties on side. Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba have all launched legal challenges against the federal carbon price, while others have accepted it or launched their own programs.

The premiers of Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick met Sunday to sign a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on developing nuclear reactors known as small modular reactors. They say it could help meet emission reduction targets.

Ford wants to discuss job creation and internal trade. Moe and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney want to discuss amendments to the fiscal stabilization program. Higgs wants to discuss softwood lumber.

But Ford said Sunday he is confident the premiers can find some areas of agreement.

"We were very, very productive when we met in Saskatchewan (at the last premiers' meeting)," Ford said. "Premier Moe did an incredible job. Yes, we all have our wishlist, but he's an expert in narrowing that list down."

Higgs said though priorities differ, the meeting was initiated by a need for national unity.

"Having this meeting prior to meeting with the prime minister in January gives us a chance to focus," he said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2019.

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