Well, how did meeting number one go?
— David Boles (@DavidJBoles) March 9, 2018
If you ask Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, not too bad.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe at the Legislature in Regina yesterday, the first face to face meeting the two have had since Moe was appointed Premier.
The two talked for about 45 minutes, about several matters affecting both the province and the country.
Ralph Goodale sat in on the meeting and said the tone of it was very positive.
“It was a very good meeting,” said Goodale. “This is the first time the Prime Minister and the Premier have had the time to speak, both in their capacities. They had a brief telephone conversation the evening upon which Premier Moe was chosen.”
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Goodale says the two parties discussed various issues and as the meeting went on, it became clear the two sides had more in common then initially anticipated.
“There’s complete agreement around the trade issues in relation to the United States,” he stated. “The on-going negotiations with respect to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), the issues around steel and aluminum, particularily steel from the point of view of Saskatchewan.
Overall, Goodale was pleased with the meeting and direction it took. He said it’s discussions like these that breed good relationships with all levels of government and need to continue to push progress.
“Conversations between this Prime Minister and his counterparts, and I’ve sat through several of those meetings here in Saskatchewan, the tone has always been pretty good,” he said. “I think the areas of difficulty arise when you go through a protracted period of time without those conversations.”
“I think the real opportunity is to keep the conversation going.”