PREMIER WYNNE TO PITCH ONTARIO MANUFACTURED GOODS TO ALBERTA
Wynne Announces Meeting With Redford, Selinger Next Week
By Susanna Kelley
Selling Ontario's manufactured goods to wealthy western businesses and consumers will be high on the agenda when Premier Kathleen Wynne meets with the Premier of the Alberta next week.
Wynne announced Tuesday she will press the point when she travels to the western oil powerhouse to meet with Premier Alison Redford and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger October 24 and 25.
The move to take advantage of Alberta's potential customers comes as Ontario continues to suffer from an unemployment rate higher than the national average, caused in no small part by the collapse of its manufacturing base.
Ontario's jobless rate was 7.3 per cent in September.
"The reality is that we are still dealing with a fragile global economy, you only have to look south of the border to realize that there's still a lot of work to be done in North America to get onto a stable footing," she said.
As well, Premiers Wynne, Redford and Selinger will explore "shared priorities" in advance of the formal Council of the Federation meeting in November - the main forum for the leaders of all Canadian provinces and territories to discuss shared concerns.
Those common interests will include energy, Canadian pensions and the proposed national securities regulator, said the Ontario premier.
"I think that's a critical discussion to have, not just for Ontarians but for all people across this country," she said.
Premier Wynne is the current Chair of the Council of the Federation.