Premiers need to quit picking fights and focus on Canadians, N.L. premier says

Premiers should quit picking fights with the prime minister — and with each other — if they want to maintain national unity, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador said Tuesday.

Premier Dwight Ball was the latest in a serious of provincial leaders to cycle through a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following last month’s election, but their conversation Tuesday also comes ahead of next week’s gathering of the Council of the Federation.

That meeting of provincial and territorial premiers could be contentious.

The group is currently chaired by Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, who has gone head-to-head with Trudeau in recent weeks over issues around natural resource development, market access for Saskatchewan products and the equalization formula.

Moe and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney both want the system changed in response to economic challenges. They have been unsparing in their calls for Trudeau to respond immediately for the good of the nation.

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