Council of the Federation

Premiers Committed To Freer Trade Within Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics

Canada's provincial and territorial leaders gather in Whitehorse to discuss trade, health, climate, and pensions.

Premiers To Push Health-Care Needs Ahead Of 2015 Election

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The country's premiers presented a united front on everything from infrastructure and seniors' health care to the need to protect Canadians f...

The Feds Are Failing Canada's Seniors

Hedy Fry | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Hedy Fry

The Liberal government's Health Accord recognized that‎; the Council of the Federation recognizes that; health care advocates and health professions recognize that. This is the mandate of the federal government and it is time to stop passing the buck to provinces.

Canada's Premiers Recreate A Historic Moment

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Politics

The heads of Canada's provinces are currently in Charlottetown, P.E.I. for the 55th Annual Premiers' Conference. Outside meetings to discuss topics...

Quebec Constitutional Talks Not On The Table

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Politics

CHARLOTTETOWN - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says there's little chance Canada's premiers will talk about bringing Quebec into the Constitut...

Provinces Should Think Beyond Pipelines

Merran Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Merran Smith

As the Philippines endure the aftermath of the largest tropical storm ever to make landfall -- and as nations such as China make moves to establish carbon pricing -- this is not the time to double down on fossil fuels.

Canada Job Grant Will Transform our Training System for the Better

Christopher Smillie | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Business
Christopher Smillie

The Canada Job Grant is an attempt to realign priorities. If the provinces want to align training programs to industrial demand, great. If not, and provinces continue to offer training programs not directly linked to occupations in demand, the federal government has every justification to step in and demand value for money.

Premiers United Against Harper Plan

CBC | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada's premiers and territorial leaders are standing united against the federal government's new jobs training program, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wyn...

'There Is A Problem'

CBC | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Politics

Job training appears to be one of the most contentious issues on the table as Canada's premiers meet today in Niagara-on-the-Lake for their semi-annua...

Premiers To Harper: Let's Talk

CP | Maria Babbage and Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Politics

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. - Canada's provincial and territorial leaders vowed Thursday to fight Ottawa's controversial plan to fund jobs training for ...

Premiers Want National Inquiry On Missing Aboriginal Women

CBC | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada's premiers are backing a call by aboriginal leaders to launch a national public inquiry into the case of missing or murdered aboriginal women, ...

Time for Premiers to Stand Up to Federal Bullies on Health Care

Paul Moist | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Paul Moist

When Canada's premiers meet for the annual Council of the Federation this week, the future of health care is a critical item on the agenda. The role of a premier is to stand up to federal government bullying on behalf of all Canadians. We are asking them to send a strong message to the Harper Conservative Government: Get back to the table and get back on board to support public health care for all in Canada.

What's On The Agenda

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Politics

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. - Provincial and territorial leaders threw their support Wednesday behind a national public inquiry into missing and murdere...

Women Rule!

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The premiers begin arriving today in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario for their semi-annual summit.And, for the first time there will be six wom...

Will Canada's Premiers Tackle Housing?

Megan Hooft | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Politics
 Megan Hooft

The premiers have a tough job this week. They have to choose which pressing issue will be discussed, debated and (hopefully) tackled in just three days at the Council of the Federation meeting in Niagara, Ontario. Lead by the Dignity for All Campaign, over 50 organizations from across the country are pushing the premiers to make housing a priority.

Premiers Must Reject Low-Wage Agenda, Focus on Good Jobs

Sid Ryan | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Business
Sid Ryan

In Canada and Ontario we currently face many labour market challenges, including the rise of precarious work, growing numbers of migrant workers, cuts to employment insurance and cuts to job training programs for vulnerable workers. We hope the new Premier will situate Ontario as a leader among the provinces and territories and will address these challenges head-on.

Of Course Harper Isn't Going to Meet the Premiers. Would You?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

I see the premiers are upset that Prime Minister Harper will not be attending their next session on the economy in Halifax next November. We can almost certainly guarantee that if the Prime Minister went to the November meeting each and every premier would find plenty of opportunities to go in front of the media to castigate the Prime Minister on a long list of issues. In turn the Prime Minister would then be forced to respond to their attacks during his media availability. Certainly that is not the best way to have reasonable well-thought out discussions on the economy or on any other issue for that matter. Why should Harper risk it?

Premiers Claim Feds Making MASSIVE Health Care Cuts

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.26.2012 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Canada's premiers and territorial leaders say they stand to lose almost $36 billion in health transfers over a 10-year period if Ottawa proc...

Why We're Feeling Political 'Despair'

CBC | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Politics

As premiers gather for their annual Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax this week, a new Institute for Research on Public Policy-Nanos Resear...

Top Chief Wants Equal Partnership With Premiers

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National chief Shawn Atleo wants the premiers to recognize First Nations as full and equal partners in developing natural resources, but he s...

Why the Atlantic Provinces are Concerned About EI

Megan Hooft | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Politics
 Megan Hooft

News of the changes to EI left Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, host of the upcoming Council of the Federation meeting, concerned that people will be pushed away from these critical industries causing them to suffer. Some argue that seasonal industries in the Atlantic Provinces, employing almost 20,000 people, are expected to be disproportionately affected.

Why Can't They All Just Get Along?

The Huffington Post Canada | Eric Grenier | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Politics

Canada's 13 territorial and provincial premiers are meeting in Halifax this week. With their demands upon the federal government and their disagreemen...

Harper, Are You Listening?

CBC | Posted 09.20.2012 | Canada Politics

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford isn't the only elected official who wants a face-to-face meeting with the prime minister. Canada's premiers haven't had a group...

Canada's Premiers Aim For National Disaster Program

CP | Posted 09.21.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- VANCOUVER - Canada's premiers and territorial leaders announced Friday they're urging the federal government to create a new nat...

Premiers Meeting: Targeting Asian Markets

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- VANCOUVER - The country's premiers want to ensure Canada seizes the economic opportunities associated with being a part of the A...