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First ministers meeting sets tone for Paris climate conference

For the first time in almost seven years, the country's First Ministers gathered in Ottawa yesterday. Today we're asking how key premiers on this file will coordinate with their new federal cousins.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard look on as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference following the First Ministers meeting at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

For the first time in nearly seven years, Canada's First Ministers gathered yesterday to talk about.... anything at all.

But the main topic of discussion was climate change and how the provinces and federal government can get on the same page, in time for next week's U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris. 

How will yesterday's premiers meeting affect the upcoming conference of the 2015 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on November 30th? (Reuters/Benoit Tessier )

All the premiers will be accompanying Prime Minister Trudeau to Paris. 

And yesterday, the Premiers tried very hard to focus on what they could agree on. Almost.   

For a sense of just how the provinces do line up with each other, and with the federal government ahead of Paris, we were joined by three guests:

  • Robert Benzie covers the Ontario Legislature for the Toronto Star.
  • Jen Gerson is an editor with the National Post's Full Comment section in Calgary.
  • Murray Mandry is a political columnist with the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

This segment was produced by The Current's Julian Uzielli, Gord Westmacott and Ottawa Network Producer Max Paris.