Riding over the agenda does not succeed well for the first meeting of Friday ministers, which is being formed as one of the most serious collections of federal, provincial and territorial leaders of Canada for decades.
First Minister, Justin Trudeau, supports a barrage of criticism from the main league worried about the federal approach to pipelines, carbon taxes, environmental assessments, closure of Oshawa GM plant in Ontario and the oil price crisis – none of them are specific on the agenda.
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In the meantime, federal officials are likely to give private permission to do so on the official objective of Montreal meeting: to reduce interprovincial commercial barriers.
Indeed, the fonts absolutely expect the most vulnerable player – Ontario, Doug Ford – do its best to debut the meeting altogether, including the possibility of getting out of the collection or possibly fishing it completely. Trustees are arranged to hold a 30 minute bilateral meeting with Ford on Thursday afternoon.
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Federal doubts have been blocked by what people say is the hardcore games Ford and Saskatchewan, Premier Scott Moe, play on the agenda, asking him to be expanded to include the proposed oil price and federal tax price on carbon pollution.
According to sources that are accustomed to the dispute, who were not authorized to speak in public, the federal response did not satisfy the couple that the agenda already included debate on economic competitiveness – a broad topic that Ottawa says allows the premiers to raise all the issues that they want.
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Moe confirmed in an interview on Wednesday that "some frustration, myself has included, with the agenda provided by the prime minister," which includes a number of federal ministers going to & # 39; address the main league on their initiatives.
He said he was planning to raise the price of oil price, carbon tax, pipelines and the abolition of Bill C-69, which rewrites the rules for environmental assessments of energy projects.
"We would like to write in writing, confirm that we are discussing those items. But make sure that the main province of Saskatchewan will bring those items to the floor (anyway)," he said. Moe, adding that he does not intend to leave the meeting early.
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Even the guest list for lunch before a meeting held by Trudeau on Thursday has become a matter of dispute. The feds offered it to be a private matter for only first ministers, with one notebook present. The principal councils required each one to come with one official.
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This will be the fourth meeting of the Trudeau ministers who has held since being prime minister in 2015. And it's definitely the most serious thing.
Since the first meeting of last ministers, the prime minister has lost a number of most reliable provincial Liberal allies – Kathleen Wynne, Quebec Philippe Couillard Quebec and Brian New Brunswick New.
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He is now facing a palanx of conservative assistants, four of them – Ford, Moe, Brian Pallister and New Brunswick and Blaine Higgs – have joined forces in the federal car pricing scheme and one of them – Ford – has regularly engaged with conflicts with the federal Liberals in general.
First, Premier NDP Alberta, Rachel Notley, was a alliance for Trudeau, supporting him on carbon pricing. But she was sharing the company last summer for the failure to get a Trans Mountain pipeline expanding project off the ground and is now attacking federal aid in order to facilitate the discount price. Alberta is required to accept for its oil because it can not have to throw a tidewater overseas cargo.
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She and Moe sent a Trudeau letter this week, asking the agenda for the first ministerial meeting to be amended to include the oil price crisis, which they argue that it costs country $ 80 million a day.
And Notley had resolved the focus favored by the federal government on interprovincial trade obstacles.
"We tend to have talks about minor internal trading issues and then when my opportunity to speak, I say," Well, there's one big internal trade issue that we want to get our products from one province to another and for other markets and it's really worth 100 times worth these other issues, "he said on Tuesday.
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Trudeau said Wednesday that he was looking forward to "talking about anything the makers want to talk about."
"I look forward to a wide range of discussions on whatever they have as priorities," he said on his way to the House of Commons. "Naturally, it contains oil. Natural resources are an essential part of our economy."
"We'll talk about that too."
Notley, Moe and a number of other major councils, including Stephen McNeil Dwight Ball and Nova Scotia, also want to talk about Bill C-69, federal legislation that is currently in Parliament and would put more rules strictly for the environment energy assessments assessments. Critics will host more red tape and delays in approving projects that will scare potential investors.
"We are looking for clarity around Bill C-69," said Ball in an interview, adding that it creates uncertainties in the offshore oil and mining operations of his province.
"We know that the regulatory regime can be a barrier to attracting investment."
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In similar veins, Biggs said he wanted to talk about the regeneration of the Energy East deficit pipeline, which TransCanada finished last year, identifying regulatory barriers and changing circumstances.
Meanwhile, Quebec, Premier François Legault, said he wanted to talk about continuing U.S. tariffs on steel and Canadian aluminum and damages to milk makers that hurt the new NAFTA. In a statement on Wednesday, he also said that he was planning to raise Quebec's call for federal compensation to cover the cost of the inflow of irregular asylum seekers and press Ottawa at the "excessive and never" time taken to file Quebec.
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Pallister Manitoba is among the few councils who really want to make progress in hitting interprovincial commercial barriers – barriers that it meant to install a seven percent tariff on goods that are cross-provincial boundaries.
"I think it's time hitting that," he said on Wednesday.
Having said that, Pallister also said that there is a need to focus sharply on a few key economic issues, including the oil price crisis.
First ministers meet for two hours with Native leaders Friday morning before holding behind closed doors for about six hours with Trudeau.