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Fresh off a meeting of the Council of the Federation in Halifax last week, Canada's most eastern premiers are meeting in New England with their U.S. counterparts.
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says the premiers won’t gang up on Prime Minister Stephen Harper if he decides to attend a provincial and territorial leaders meeting later this week in Halifax.
But Stephen Harper isn’t interested.
The Prime Minister’s Office has once again confirmed Harper has no plans to attend the meeting Thursday and Friday, even though the premiers have asked him to attend their economic forum.
Harper’s director of communications, Andrew MacDougall, says the prime minister will be in the House of Commons this week “tending to the business of the nation.”
MacDougall says the prime minister meets with premiers regularly when they come to Ottawa and when he travels the country.
Dexter says he understands Harper is reluctant to attend, but the premier stressed that this meeting is designed to avoid pitting the premiers against the prime minister over money.