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First ministers talks begin with low hopes for progress amid squabbling LIVE – CBC

Cordial dinner Thursday contrasts with fractious political gamesmanship expected in the room today

December 07, 2018

As Justin Trudeau’s fourth first ministers meeting gets underway, it appears to hold little promise of a substantial or strategic national win on the key issues plaguing Canada’s economy, with premiers focused instead on their individual interests.

The prime minister met early Friday morning with national Indigenous leaders before the premiers joined the First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders for a larger discussion of their economic development issues.

Then Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, as well as Canada’s ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, joined Trudeau and the premiers for six hours of scheduled discussion on economic and trade issues.

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