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Ontario Premier Doug Ford offers to host premiers' meeting

Last Updated Nov 4, 2019 at 10:55 am PDT

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford is offering to host the next meeting of Canadian premiers

Ford says he fully understands the sentiments of Western alienation

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he has offered to host a meeting of the premiers in Toronto after what he calls a divisive federal election.

Ford says he made the offer to play host for a face-to-face meeting during a conference call with almost all of the premiers on Friday.

He says the idea came up at a recent meeting with New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs in which they looped in Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe by phone.

Ford says he fully understands the sentiments of Western alienation and how people in the region feel they are being ignored.

He also says it’s important to listen to Quebec, especially given that the Bloc Quebecois won more seats than any other party in that province this election.

The Ontario premier has been positioning himself lately as a unifying force in Canada, saying he’s never seen the country more divided than after the federal election.