Premier's meeting in Mississauga today

Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press

The ten provincial and thirteen territorial leaders will sit down to address health care and national unity.

Provincial and territorial leaders from across the nation are meeting in Mississauga today.

The meeting is an attempt by leaders from coast to coast to find common ground with one another, as well as with the Liberal minority government in Ottawa. Today marks the first time the premiers have met since October's divisive federal election, which laid bare some stark regional differences.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford kicked off the premiers' meeting just outside Toronto on a lighthearted note, donning a Winnipeg Blue Bombers jersey after losing a Grey Cup bet to Manitoba's Premier Brian Pallister. 

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs has said that priorities may differ, but the meeting was initiated by a need for national unity. The provinces and territories are particularly focussed on this note after the federal election saw Liberals shut out of  Alberta and Saskatchewan in October. Premiers Jason Kenney and Scott Moe have been particularly vocal in their criticisms of Ottawa when compared to their counterparts. Their fellow Premiers will work to find common ground to strengthen relationships between the provinces and territories.

Health has been labelled a primary concern of the group, with all premiers having a shared a consensus regarding a demand for a 5.2 percent annual increase to the Canada Health Transfer.

Each province will hold individual discussions with Ottawa in the coming weeks regarding plans for pharamacare.


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