Premiers gear up for a fight with Ottawa over jobs

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This week on The House, guest-host Alison Crawford is in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the Council of the Federation's annual summer gathering.

The country's 13 provincial and territorial Premiers talked about jobs, infrastructure, energy, and cyber-bullying, among other things. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the current Chair of the Council of the Federation, outlines what the Premiers were able to accomplish.

Provincial and territorial leaders tackled the federal government's proposed job training program -- the Canada Job Grant -- this week. Premiers don't like it. Saskatchewan's Brad Wall and Prince Edward Island's Robert Ghiz explain to us what they think is wrong with Ottawa's approach. They also update us on the work they accomplished as co-chairs of the Health Care Innovation Group.

Both Alberta's Alison Redford and Manitoba's Greg Selinger understand the tough realities of dealing with natural disasters. The Premiers of Alberta and Manitoba have a few ideas on how to improve disaster relief, and disaster prevention, in Canada. They also discuss their work on the plan to develop a national energy strategy, and why B.C. and Quebec are not on board.

Amanda Todd's suicide -- and the video of her flipping cards to tell the story of how she had been tormented by bullying online -- shocked and saddened Canadians. The suicide of the B.C. teenager wasn't the only one that put the issue of cyber-bullying on the national agenda. The story of Nova Scotia's Rehtaeh Parsons Parsons also made headlines. The 17 year-old died following a suicide attempt last year. She had told family she'd been sexually assaulted, and subsequently bullied for months. Premiers put cyber-bullying on their agenda this week, and few could relate more to the issue than British Columbia's Christy Clark and Nova Scotia's Darrell Dexter. They sit down with us to share their experiences and thoughts about what can be done to address the issue of cyber-bullying.

 

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