Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Premiers-Meeting

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Premiers-Meeting

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EDMONTON - The premiers have wrapped up their meetings in Edmonton after a couple of days dealing with NAFTA, marijuana and a boycott by several Indigenous groups.

The premiers agreed yesterday that the federal government needs to provide more clarity as they work to craft rules on legalizing marijuana -- or Ottawa will face a call for a delay.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister wanted a one-year postponement given what he called the sheer amount of work and unanswered questions over how legalized marijuana could affect Canadians.

Instead, the group agreed they might ask for an extension if Ottawa does not help them resolve the issues of distribution, safety, taxation, justice and public education.

Earlier in the meeting, David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the United States, said he is pushing hard for a timely resolution on the NAFTA renegotiation, but he won't accept a bad deal to get it. …

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