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Premiers United Against Harper Plan

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 leader...
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'There Is A Problem'

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-annual get-together. At stake is a possible jurisd...
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Premiers To Harper: Let's Talk

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. - Canada's provincial and territorial leaders vowed Thursday to fight Ottawa's controversial plan to fund jobs training for workers, saying the new scheme would require them...
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Time for Premiers to Stand Up to Federal Bullies on Health Care

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.
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What's On The Agenda

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. - Provincial and territorial leaders threw their support Wednesday behind a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, ratcheting up the pr...
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Women Rule!

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 women at the Council of the Federation meeting when i...

Will Canada's Premiers Tackle Housing?

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

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

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?
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Why We're Feeling Political 'Despair'

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

Why the Atlantic Provinces are Concerned About EI

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.
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Harper, Are You Listening?

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 sit-down meeting with Stephen Harper since the la...