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Ottawa, Feb 28 (Canadian-Media): It was announced by Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, that the next First Ministers’ Meeting would be held in Ottawa on March 13, 2020, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: official website
This will be the sixth First Ministers’ Meeting hosted by Trudeau since 2015. Trudeau will be joined by the Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland.
Government of Canada is transferring $81.6 billion this year to provinces and territories to support important health and social services for Canadians, including $41.9 billion for the Canada Health Transfer, $15 billion for the Canada Social Transfer, $20.6 billion in equalization payments, and $4.2 billion under the Territorial Formula Financing program.
First Ministers will focus during the meeting on keeping our economy competitive, progressing on issues concerning all Canadians, including ways to create clean growth and mitigate climate change, developing our natural resources sustainability, creating good, middle class jobs, focus on health care and infrastructure needs, transfers to provinces and territories, and Northern priorities.
First Ministers will also meet with leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Métis National Council on March 12, 2020. to discuss how they can work together to advance the priorities of First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation.
“Canadians have been clear about the importance of working together...so we can create jobs and economic growth, build healthy and safe communities, fight climate change, and make life more affordable for Canadians...create new opportunities for all Canadians and continue to build a country that works for everyone,” said Trudeau and added,
“There is no relationship more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples...how we can work together to make a real difference for Indigenous families and communities across the country.”
Freeland said that "We are committed to working collaboratively with provincial, territorial, and Indigenous leaders in the interests of all Canadians," said Freeland.
Federal, provincial, and territorial partners are working to implement the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which includes more than 50 actions to reduce emissions, economy growth, changing climate adaptation.