First ministers announce climate agreement — minus Saskatchewan, Manitoba

First ministers announce climate agreement — minus Saskatchewan, Manitoba

December 9, 2016 UPDATED 7:58pmET

Canada’s first ministers, Sasaktchewan aside, have agreed to a national framework on climate change and carbon pricing, following a day of talks in Ottawa.

British Columbia, concerned about the equality of carbon pricing measures across Canada, was a late signatory this evening. 

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall repeated his concern about the resource sector in opposing the agreement. Meanwhile. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister tied his future support to an agreement on health care transfers.

Read the full document:

Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

Wall told reporters this morning that he would not sign any climate change framework that includes a national price on carbon, citing potential damage to the resource sector.

Meanwhile, B.C. Premier Christy Clark hopes the other provinces “catch up” to her province’s carbon tax through a national deal — but wants to ensure all regions are on an equal footing.

Here’s Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne:

Biden had this to say to the first ministers:

Manitoba’s Brian Pallister wants more focus on health care funding during today’s discussions, with both New Brunswick’s Brian Gallant and P.E.I.’s Wade MacLauchlan  calling for federal action to help their provinces’ aging populations.

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The premiers are expected to speak to reporters again at 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT.

-Andrew Thomson