Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed plans to meet with his provincial and territorial counterparts next week in Ottawa, as well as with First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders.
In a statement, the Liberal government says the ministers will work to finalize a “pan-Canadian” framework to deal with climate change and confirm the steps necessary to implement it.
It doesn’t mention health care funding though, which the premiers have made clear they intend to put on the meeting agenda, regardless of whether Trudeau wants to talk about it. The provinces and territories are pushing back against federal plans to cut the amount by which federal health transfer payments increase each year.
The meeting will be held on Dec. 9.
Meanwhile outgoing U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden will also been in Ottawa next week to meet with Trudeau and the premiers to discuss Canada-U.S. relations, and several international issues.