PROVINCIAL & TERRITORIAL LEADERS APPEAR UNITED

Canada’s premiers emerged from their meeting in Mississauga united and reached a consensus on four key areas: improving health care, addressing economic competitiveness, fixing the transfer payment program and helping Northern communities.

They remain divided on some issues, like pipelines. It’s the first time the provincial leaders have met since the October federal election. They renewed their call for a 5.2 per cent increase in annual health-care transfer payments from the federal government. They also say the government should recognize the right of any province to opt out of a pharmacare program with full compensation. Ontario Premier Doug Ford says there was a spirit of unity around the table. But a new poll shows people are not united in their support for the Premier. According to the Leger survery results from November, almost 1 in 7 Ontarians have a negative view of the premier, and across Canada, that number is just 65 percent.