Ford announces new Council on Provincial-Federal Relations
Nov. 22, 2019
Global Korean Post
New Ontario ministers’ council will work with the federal government to deliver on key priorities.
The Ontario government is taking positive steps to ensure that the interests of the province remain a priority in Ottawa with the creation of a new Council on Provincial-Federal Relations.
Premier Doug Ford held a media availability at Queen’s Park on Nov. 21, prior to visit Ottawa to meet Prime Minister.
Chaired by Premier Doug Ford, this council will collaborate with Ontario’s federal counterparts to deliver on priorities including infrastructure, health care and economic growth.
The Council on Provincial-Federal Relations will be responsible for coordinating the engagement strategy with the federal government on important projects and shared priorities. The top priorities will include building critical infrastructure, from transit to broadband, faster by accelerating approvals for projects submitted through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and by ensuring the federal government funds their fair share of Ontario’s historic transit plan.
The Council will also work towards ensuring the federal government is providing increased funding through the Canada Health Transfer to end hallway health care and deliver the kind of care and treatment the people of Ontario deserve.
Additional priorities will include removing red tape and interprovincial trade barriers, attracting international investment to all parts of Ontario, including under-capitalized regions and creating the environment for workers, businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed.
“What’s good for Ontario is good for Canada, and what’s good for Canada is good for Ontario,” said Ford. “Through the Council on Provincial-Federal Relations, my ministers and I are ready to roll up our sleeves and deliver results for the people of Ontario and the people of Canada.”
The membership of the Council will include:
- The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Chair
- The Hon. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health
- The Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs
- The Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance
- The Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board
- The Hon. Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure
- The Hon. Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade