Jan 06, 2015
By Scott Walker
It appears the Prime Minister may have made a New Year’s resolution: meet more often with the Premier of Ontario.
Stephen Harper and Kathleen Wynne had a face-to-face meeting for the first time in more than a year last night.
The two sat down for half an hour at the Royal York Hotel before the Prime Minister took in the Canada-Russia game at the Air Canada Centre.
According two statements from Queen’s Park and the PMO, they talked about jobs, the economy, infrastructure spending, manufacturing, and the automotive sector.
Both Wynne and Harper agreed they would get together more frequently. At a news conference this morning, Wynne said it is vital to keep the lines of communication open. And she played down recent stories that the Prime Minister was snubbing her intentionally. She said they had a positive meeting, which is “good for the people of Ontario, and good for the country.”
The Premier says she and Harper disagreed about the province’s plans for pension reform. Harper has said that Canada can’t afford to increase Canada Pension Plan payments and has called any increase in premiums a job-killer.
Wynne says Ontario will continue with its plans to implement a made-in-Ontario Pension Plan.