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Ottawa, Dec 3 (Canadian-Media): A meeting was held Monday between all 13 of Canada’s premiers at Ontario Premier Doug Ford's backyard to craft a policy agenda hoping it will be accepted by the minority Liberal government in Ottawa during the first ministers' meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be held in January, media reports said.
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The premiers have been pushing Ottawa to increase Canada Health Transfer, the money the federal government sends to the provinces and territories to help pay for health care from the current health-care spending growth cap of three percent each year by 5.2 percent a year to better address mounting costs in the health sector as well as to subnational governments that are grappling with acute fiscal challenges.
They also looked for more money from Ottawa for increased provincial budgets to provide for sinking oil prices and soaring health-care costs affecting some provinces.
"With a group of premiers — all 13 are showing up — we're going to have disagreements, but I think that's healthy, to be very frank...A lot of people are struggling out West. I mentioned that to the prime minister as well, and he agrees...We want to send the message around the world that we're a united Canada." said Ford.