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Wynne requests face-to-face meeting with Harper, again

Premier Kathleen Wynne says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been snubbing her meeting requests, and trying to pass her off to cabinet ministers instead.

Wynne’s office released a letter she wrote to Harper this week.

In it, Wynne requested a face-to-face meeting to discuss several issues including retirement incomes, the auto sector, and federal transfers.

“I believe it is a much better situation when the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of our country’s largest province have the opportunity to speak in person on a regular basis,” Wynne wrote.

Wynne first wrote to Harper on Sept. 16 requesting a meeting. The Prime Minister replied, suggesting Wynne meet with various government ministers, on Nov. 17, 62 days after the initial request.

During the provincial election in the spring, the premier tried to bring Harper into the debate over retirement income, pledging she’d proceed on her own with a made-in Ontario Pension Plan. The two have reportedly had a frosty relationship ever since.

A spokesman for Harper told the Globe and Mail that the prime minister wants productive relationships with provincial leaders and doesn’t look for conflicts.

Wynne has not met with Harper for around 11 months.

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