Robert Benzie (The Toronto Star):
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is trying to put federal-provincial relations on the front-burner of the election campaign.
The day after the Star launched its Can We Talk? series to highlight important issues that have not yet received much attention in the Oct. 19 vote, Trudeau wrote to all 13 provincial and territorial premiers with suggestions for improving the federation.
“Though the current prime minister has ignored his obligations and refuses to meet with the premiers, I believe that confronting our collective challenges can only be achieved by sitting down together and engaging in open dialogue,” he wrote in a shot at Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.
“That is why I have committed a Liberal government to holding an annual first ministers’ meeting, and frequently and actively engaging with each premier in service to the people of their province or territory.”