Premier Sandy Silver met with Canadian Premiers during the Council of the Federation in Saskatoon from July 9 to 11.
Meetings focused on shared priorities such as growing local and regional economies through pan-Canadian economic or “utility” corridors, while reducing red tape for internal trade and labour mobility.
All Premiers agreed on the importance of strengthening Canada’s position in the Arctic as climate change refocuses the world’s attention on the North. Discussions included building resilient infrastructure, responsible energy development, and ensuring northerners are involved in decision making about the North.
Premier Silver led a discussion about how jurisdictions are preparing for the legalization of cannabis edibles and alternative products. All Premiers agreed that the Government of Canada needs to take a stronger position on enforcement about illicit online cannabis sales and drug impaired driving.
Premier Silver and Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq also led discussions about mental health and addictions. This conversation was an opportunity to share knowledge across jurisdictions. Premiers agreed to hold a national symposium on mental health and addictions issues, which Premier Silver will lead.
The event followed the Western Premiers’ Conference that was held in Edmonton on June 27, 2019.
It was a pleasure meeting with Canada’s Premiers and gaining perspectives from across the country. As the Premier of Yukon, it was important for me to voice our concerns in relation to national climate action planning and the ongoing need to explore economic corridors from north to south, not just east to west. I appreciated the desire by all Premiers to work together towards solutions that benefit all Canadians. We can all agree that when we work together we achieve great success.
Premier Sandy Silver
The Council of the Federation includes all of the Premiers from Canada’s provinces and territories.