first ministers meeting

A custodian wheels a mop down the flag lined hallway at the John G. Diefenbaker Building, where Trudeau was set to attend the First Ministers' Meeting on March 12, 2020 (CP/Justin Tang)

The easiest event to cancel: Trudeau and the premiers

Paul Wells: In a week like this one, here’s something Ottawa can live without—a pointless gathering with an impossible agenda

Jason Kenney’s posse gallops onto the dry, indifferent prairie

By the end of the premiers’ conference, his coalition of the ‘frustrated and alienated’ looked surprisingly shallow

Trudeau and the premiers, moving forward together

Paul Wells: In Montreal, a glimpse of Trudeau federalism—everyone gets to ‘agree to disagree’ and it’s enough to hold ‘real substantive discussions.’ Easy.

Building a consensus on climate change? Not so easy, after all.

When the premiers balked at a pan-Canadian tax on carbon, the Prime Minister was left to speak vaguely. Is a cohesive national plan even possible?

Rapid-Fire Politics: Evan Solomon on the long road to a climate deal

It’s easy for premiers to say No to a PM. But Justin Trudeau appears determined to hear them say Yes on a climate deal.

The art of the climate change deal

At their Vancouver meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers put off a clear decision on the hardest part of a national climate change plan.

A national energy strategy everyone agrees on but nobody will act on

And with another pipeline spill, it’s hard to see how the newest provincial blueprint for an energy strategy will accomplish anything

Why the PM won’t meet the premiers

They want to do more together. He wants to do less.


Quebec wants more money? Alberta wants to reopen the constitution?

And both are threatening to haul the federal government into court over the national securities regulator? Okay, now we’ve got ourselves a first ministers’ meeting.