Canada's premiers meet to discuss priorities under new federal government

Moe hoping for consensus at Council of the Federation meeting

Kenney gains 'leverage in the federation' at premiers meeting

Ontario Premier Doug Ford began the setting up by putting on a Winnipeg Blue Bombers jacket, after he lost a wager to Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister over the Gray Cup, whereby the Winnipeg team defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Ford after that distributed Toronto Maple Leafs jackets to every one of the premiers and also invited them to Ontario.

The first ministers arrived at a consensus on four priority areas of economic competitiveness, the Fiscal Stabilization Program, health-care and infrastructure funding, and northern priorities.

They called on the government to raise the current health care spending growth cap from 3 percent each year to 5.2 percent to help provinces and territories better address mounting costs in the sector as the country's population ages.

These demands, alongside Kenney's threats from early November to exit the Canada Pension Plan, could all be used as bargaining chips with the federal government, the Alberta premier said.

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.

The premiers also agreed to "continuing to develop resources in a responsible manner" and ensure Canadian products can access markets.

"Don't start broadening health care when you can't get it right now", he said.

"Through these meetings, the provinces and territories of Canada have shown we're willing to stand together on the issues that matter most to Canadians", Kenney said in a statement Monday.

"I'm truly hopeful we are going to come to consensus as premiers across this nation on two or three items and provide that to our federal government as some direction". Moe and also Alberta Premier Jason Kenney require to speak about modifications to the financial stablizing program.

A spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said she is "open and keen" to discuss those issues. Friday, Kenney called a more generous fiscal-stabilization program an "equalization rebate", implying that they're related and changing one would be similar to adjusting the other.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney are seen during a news conference after a meeting with Canada's provincial premiers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 2, 2019.

"Showing that they understand the adversity Albertans are going through and focus on other parts of the country like Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador".

"The fiscal stabilization program, on the other hand, there's an opportunity there to address a program that was created to be very reactive and when you look at the lack of investment in that program over the last decade or so, it has proved to not be that reactive", Moe continued.

Their provinces will work on the research and development of small modular reactors (SMRs), which they said could help provinces reduce their carbon emissions and reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources. Higgs wants to talk about coniferous wood.

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

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