(Social media photo: Prime Minister’s Office)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall both say they have had a productive meeting about a number of issues, including pipelines, EI and more funding for First Nations.
The two men emerged Wednesday from behind closed doors in Saskatoon to talk to the media.
Trudeau did not take questions but called it “a wonderfully positive meeting” while Wall said he was “grateful” for the prime minister’s visit to the province.
Wall said Trudeau assured him the federal government is committed to reducing the gap between what the province provides in education funding off-reserve and what Ottawa pays for on-reserve.
They also discussed the sections of Saskatchewan that were left out of increases to Employment Insurance payments, and Wall said he will take Trudeau “at his word” that the situation is being monitored and there might be a chance of extending the benefits.
Wall also said he was “encouraged” by Trudeau’s agreement Canadian oil needs to get to tidewater, and that there needs to be national co-operation on the question of how to get pipelines approved.
Earlier in the day, Trudeau stated he wants to see pipelines move oil to international waters, but there needs to be environmental approval and work done with affected communities.
(with files from CJWW, The Canadian Press)