In her recent remarks, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has alleged that it has become difficult to accomplish targets nationally due to Prime Minister Stephen Harper standing in the way of constructive relations between the provinces and Ottawa. Wynne gave these remarks ahead of the upcoming annual national premiers meeting at P.E.I. where premiers are scheduled to discuss matters of common concern, the federal government, and in particular Mr. Harper.
As the outgoing chair of the Council of the Federation, Wynne stated on Friday that Prime Minister “Stephen Harper has chosen to deal with the . . . provinces one at a time as opposed to dealing with us in any kind of collective way.” Although the premiers will obviously discuss the need for a national infrastructure strategy, Ottawa has already stressed that balancing the federal books has a priority over giving more money to the provinces at this time.