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Premiers Stand United Against Federal Jobs Training Plan

07/25/2013 12:19 EDT | Updated 09/24/2013 05:12 EDT
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Canada's premiers and territorial leaders are standing united against the federal government's new jobs training program, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday afternoon as the leaders gathered for their first full-day of meetings in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

"None of us are happy with the program with the way it's been rolled out or the process around it," said Wynne after meeting with the leaders all morning.

The Ontario premier said premiers Christy Clark and David Alward will study the Canada Job Grant program and report back.

Wynne also called for a federal-provincial meeting of the ministers to discuss the contentious program.

"There needs to be a re-engagement on this, it's not going to work the way it is," Wynne said.

Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter has called it a "mystery program," that is inconsistent with good public policy.

As the premiers spent the morning meeting behind closed doors, protesters rallied outside to call on the premiers to press the federal government to provide more funding for healthcare.

Ottawa has said it will increase health-care funding by six per cent a year until the 2016-17 fiscal year, at which point the amount given to the provinces will be tied to economic growth.

On Wednesday, the premiers met with aboriginal leaders and agreed to support a call by the Native Women's Association of Canada to launch a national public inquiry into the case of missing or murdered aboriginal women.

The federal government has dismissed calls for a national public inquiry saying it has already taken concrete steps to improve the justice system.

Several rallies are planned across Canada on Thursday to draw attention to recent revelations that the federal government conducted nutritional experiments on aboriginals in the 1940s.

Participants will be asking the federal government to release all documents on residential schools to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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