At the recent First Ministers’ meeting in Ottawa, Canada’s premiers discovered an uncomfortable truth about conversations with the federal government.
Just because the PM will meet with you, doesn’t mean you’ll be heard.
The premiers long grumbled about Stephen Harper being a missing partner at the table during the pompously labelled Council of the Federation meetings. Now Justin Trudeau and his ministers are on hand as the premiers fret, this time mainly over small business tax changes and legal marijuana.
But beyond the usual ‘productive meeting’ blather for the cameras, there is no evidence the Feds are willing to change course on either front.
The peril of not being heard is most acute for Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who, already polling at used-car-salesperson popularity levels, cannot afford to carry any more baggage when Ontario goes to the polls in June of 2018.