|July 26th, 2012 by Student Vote||3 Comments »|
In January, Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial premiers met in Victoria, British Columbia to discuss health care. This week, the 13 premers gather again in Halifax for the Council of the Federation talks.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford and BC Premier Christy Clark are at odds about the Northern Gateway pipeline project, and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and PEI Premier Robert Ghiz have presented their health care recommendations regarding medical innovation. Recently re-elected AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo will be in attendance to discuss First Nations issues, as will newly elected ITK Inuit President Terry Audla.
Who are the 13 Canadian Premiers? Here’s a quick primer:
- Eva Aariak – Premier of Nunavut since 2008
- David Alward (PC) – Premier of New Brunswick since 2010
- Jean Charest (Liberal) – Premier of Quebec since 2003, re-elected in 2008
- Christy Clark (Liberal) – Premier of British Colombia since 2011
- Darrell Dexter (NDP) – Premier of Nova Scotia since 2009
- Kathy Dunderdale (PC) – Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2010, re-elected in 2011
- Robert Ghiz (Liberal) – Premier of Prince Edward Island since 2007, re-elected in 2011
- Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) – Premier of Ontario since 2003, re-elected in 2007 and 2011
- Bob McLeod – Premier of the Northwest Territories since 2011
- Darrell Pasloski (Yukon Party) – Premier of the Yukon since 2011, re-elected in 2011
- Alison Redford (PC) – Premier of Alberta since 2011, re-elected in 2012
- Greg Selinger (NDP) – Premier of Manitoba since 2009, re-elected in 2011
- Brad Wall (Saskatchewan Party) – Premier of Saskatchewan since 2007, re-elected in 2011
For the Globe and Mail‘s outline of each premier’s primary ideas and concerns entering the conference, click here. Martin Regg Cohn, in the Toronto Star, notes that the “gang of 13 premiers [is] singing 13 songs,” as each is bringing their own agenda to the table.
Which issue do you think the 13 premiers should collectively focus on?
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