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Premiers meet in Yukon to talk trade, carbon pricing

Canada's provincial and territorial leaders are in Yukon today, to begin three days of meetings of the Council of the Federation. Follow CBC's live blog here.

Council of the Federation meeting comes as Alberta, Saskatchewan squabble over beer pricing

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley arrives for a meeting of the premiers in Whitehorse, Yukon. Canada's premiers are trying to hammer out a deal to reduce interprovincial trade barriers. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canada's provincial and territorial leaders are in Yukon for three days of talks on a wide range of issues including the federal government's intention to impose a national price on carbon and interprovincial trade barriers.

But the discussions might be coloured by a recent squabble between Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall over the price of beer. Notley will hike beer prices, a move Wall says will hurt his province's producers and has threatened retaliation.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, right, along with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, left, attend the premiers' meeting in Whitehourse, Yukon. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski will also pitch a trade mission of all premiers to the United Kingdom early next year to hammer out a free trade deal with the country still reeling from the Brexit vote.

The premiers met with Indigenous leaders Wednesday where the terms of reference for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women were scrutinized. The leaders are largely supportive, if not slightly cautious, of the federal government's roadmap for an inquiry.

CBC News is covering the premiers' meeting live from Whitehorse. Follow our live blog for the latest coverage.

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