‘More of the same,’ says Moe on lacklustre meeting with Trudeau

by Sarah Turnbull, CTVNews.ca Producer@TurnbullSarah

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe came out of a meeting with Prime Minster Justin Trudeau “disappointed” with what he says is a lack of commitment to address Western needs.

“We have provided some options for [Trudeau] to support the people of the province and today I did not hear a commitment to moving forward on those items,” said Moe.

Top of the agenda were the premier’s previously stated priorities, outlined in a series of letters sent to the prime minister following the election that saw the Liberals entirely shut out of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

“I came here today to hear about what he was going to do differently to support the industries and the people in the province,” he said. “We need to see some action.”

Among them: a one-year moratorium on the carbon tax, renegotiating equalization payments, and completing the Trans Mountain pipeline.

While there’s been much talk of Western separatism, mobilized through the grassroots Wexit movement, the Saskatchewan premier has said his province will work within the confines of the federation.

“The strength of our nation is some of the strengths of all of our provinces and Saskatchewan has been an outsized contributor over the last number of years,” said Moe.

The Moe meeting is one of a series of federal and provincial leader sit-downs with Trudeau, starting last week with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister who pledged to work with other Tory premiers to find common ground with the federal Liberals.


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