MONTRÉAL—Liberal critic for Intergovernmental Affairs Stéphane Dion, made the following statement today on the strained relations between the Conservative government and provincial and territorial leaders on the occasion of the Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax:
“It is once again important to underscore the pathetic inaction of the Harper government with respect to federal-provincial-territorial relations. Stephen Harper’s ‘every person for themselves’ approach runs counter to the best interests of Canadians and of the Federation. Thomas Mulcair’s abrasive approach is no better. With so many critical issues at stake concerning all Canadians, now is not the time to be sowing the seeds of division and pitting regions of the country against each other.
The Liberal Party believes that it is the federal government’s responsibility to promote collaboration and the sharing of best practices with our provincial and territorial colleagues. We are calling on the prime minister to convene a First Ministers Meeting at the first available opportunity. The premiers are well-justified in feeling as though such a meeting is long overdue.
From healthcare, to energy, to the environment, the Conservatives have failed to provide leadership, leaving the provinces to fend for themselves.”