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Few results from first ministers meeting, but at least nobody stormed out
Ontario Premier Doug Ford says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has moved the goalposts on Canada’s climate-change plans, asking Ontario to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions more than Ford had expected.
That was just about the only sour note from a premier coming out of a day-long meeting in Montreal with the prime minister Friday.
But the cheerful moods most of them showed off might have been because very little concrete appears to have been accomplished.
Manitoba’s Brian Pallister came out saying most of the premiers and Trudeau had agreed that there should be lower trade barriers between provinces, which was the official point of the meeting.
But he also said he didn’t want to let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and any progress on internal trade should be treasured. He didn’t say what actual progress the first ministers had made.
Before the meeting, many of the premiers had complained that they had other important issues they wanted to talk about besides trade barriers and didn’t want Trudeau and federal ministers to spend the time lecturing to them.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the first session of the first ministers meeting flanked by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Quebec Premier Francois Legault in Montreal on Friday.