The House

Ontario's Wynne and Quebec's Couillard join forces on energy talks

It's turned into one of the defining relationships in Canadian politics. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard have built a close 'Central Canadian' alliance in recent years. That neighbourly friendship was on display this week in St. John's, where the two campaigned for climate change plan to be a central pillar of the Canadian Energy Strategy. They join us for a rare joint interview.
Quebec premier Philippe Couillard and his Ontario counterpart Kathleen Wynne sit down for a joint interview.

It's turned into one of the defining relationships in Canadian politics.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard have built a close 'Central Canadian' alliance in recent years, teaming up on crucial files like the economy and energy.

Their neighbourly friendship was on display this week in St. John's at the premiers' annual summer meeting, where the two campaigned for a broad, province-wide climate change plan as part of the Canadian Energy Strategy.

But there's nothing new — or exclusive — about that friendship, the premiers told The House.

"Actually, it's a very old relationship," Wynne said.

"It's rekindled," Couillard added with a laugh.

"It's a very important relationship for the country," Wynne continued. "But that doesn't mean it's an exclusive relationship. It's not a club, it's just an understanding that having Ontario and Quebec work closely together is good for our provinces, but it's also good for our country."

The leaders of the country's two biggest provinces know they carry more political weight when they join forces, but how do they plan to use that weight on the heels of the federal election?

Wynne and Couillard join us for an exclusive joint interview from St. John's. 

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