The provinces are gearing up to battle Ottawa this fall over the federal government’s signature skills-training program, with British Columbia’s Christy Clark and Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne hunkering down to plan strategy for the coming fight.
And in one of the sharpest criticisms yet of the Canada Jobs Grant, Ms. Clark said the program would simply “create more problems” than it solves if Ottawa rolls it out as it is currently planned.
The B.C. Premier’s essential contention is that the new grant would divert federal dollars from existing skills-training programs.
In a meeting with The Globe and Mail’s editorial board Tuesday, Ms. Clark argued that existing training programs in B.C. are doing fine as they are, and said that she was not completely certain what Ottawa hoped to achieve with the grant.
“We need to sit down with the federal government and better understand exactly what problems it is that they’d like to solve. I can only speak for British Columbia, but we have a really good record of success,” she said shortly before heading to a sit-down with Ms. Wynne, the Ontario Premier. “None of us want to create more problems, which is what the current model for the Canada Job Grant would do.”
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