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NEWS: Around the Arctic November 23, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Global economy on the minds of premiers meeting in Halifax

"It is critical for premiers to navigate the realities of the broader global economy"

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Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak sits at the far left, and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois, fifth from the right, Nov. 23 at a news conference in Halifax where Canadian premiers gathered to discuss economic issues. (PHOTO COURTESY COF)
Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak sits at the far left, and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois, fifth from the right, Nov. 23 at a news conference in Halifax where Canadian premiers gathered to discuss economic issues. (PHOTO COURTESY COF)

The talk was mostly about the uncertain global economy when premiers from around Canada met Nov. 23 in Halifax.

“It is critical for premiers to navigate the realities of the broader global economy and discuss impacts and opportunities for provinces and territories,” said Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, chair of the Council of the Federation.

In Halifax, the premiers agreed on “critical factors to ensure continued job growth and future economic prosperity,” said a Nov. 23 news release.

These include:

• Ensuring all Canadians, including aboriginal peoples, have the skills they need to compete in tomorrow’s economy, including “long term, predictable and flexible training and retraining;”

• Strengthening learning opportunities and post-secondary education so Canadians to obtain the skills, education and training they need to fill high priority and in-demand jobs; and,

• Continuing to make “strategic investments in infrastructure that facilitates economic growth.”

The premiers agreed that federal infrastructure programs must follow a “base-plus per capita” formula to help equalize the amount of federal infrastructure money the provinces and territories receive.

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