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Wynne 'Thrilled' Federal Liberal Government Willing To Work With Provinces

10/20/2015 11:56 EDT | Updated 10/20/2016 05:12 EDT
TORONTO — Premier Kathleen Wynne says she's thrilled Canada now has a federal leader willing to work with the provinces, but insists she won't be presenting Justin Trudeau with a list of demands from Ontario.

Wynne is optimistic Trudeau will try to enhance the Canada Pension Plan, but says he can't do it without agreement from other provinces, so Ontario will proceed with implementing its new provincial pension for now.

She's also hopeful the federal Liberals will follow through on promises to provide more funding for transit, roads and bridges, which dovetails with Ontario's 10-year, $130-billion infrastructure plan.

But Wynne says her frequent campaigning on behalf of Trudeau doesn't mean he will meet all of Ontario's demands, and she's already warning that the two Liberal leaders won't always agree on every issue.

Wynne says the first real test of Trudeau's willingness to work with the provinces will be as Canada develops a strategy for next month's climate change talks in Paris.

Asked about Trudeau's plans to legalize marijuana, Wynne said "it's an issue whose time has come in terms of a national discussion."

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