Canada's Premiers to meet in Mississauga
As the country faces numerous challenges pertaining to the economy, and even threats to national unity, the premiers of Canada's provinces and territories will gather in Ontario tomorrow to hash out and present their stand on the pertinent national issues of today.
The premiers will be meeting in Mississauga on Monday, December 2 at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel at 5875 Airport Road. The meeting will be chaired by Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, who has been a regular critic of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over issues such as carbon pricing.
A news conference will take place live at 2 pm which will be live streamed in language preferred on Moe's Facebook page.
Federal - provincial relations have been percolating as an issue of late in the wake of the October 21 federal election when the Liberals failed to elect any MPs in Alberta or Saskatchewan. Moe and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney have been accused by some of stoking growing separatist sentiments from some quarters in their respective provinces.
Newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland recently started her tenure by going out to those provinces to meet Moe and Kenney, which yielded some positive feedback from observers.
Ontario's Premier, Doug Ford, recently announced he was creating a Council on Provincial-Federal Relations, of which he will be the chair. The Council will consist of Ford, as chair, and several cabinet ministers whose purpose is to work with Ottawa to deliver provincial priorities, including infrastructure, health care and economic growth.
Ford, who has been a thorn in Trudeau's side as well for a few years, recently adopted a more conciliatory tone and also had an amicable meeting with Trudeau in Ottawa recently, restyling himself as a premier prioritizing on national unity issues.
Whether these past meetings or this current meeting will result in better improved federal provincial relations remains to be seen.