Keep the securities regulator spat off the table

Manitoba's Gary Doer wants the premiers to focus on the economy

Manitoba’s Gary Doer, the longest-serving current premier, is trying to use his experienced voice to prevent Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s meetings with the premiers, set for today and tomorrow, from being derailed by Ottawa’s desire to set up a national stock market regulator. Quebec and Alberta both angrily oppose any move to override separate provincial securities regulation. Doer argues against arguing about it just now. Instead, he calls for a focus on the economy, not just a stimulus package, but “finalizing an internal trade agreement, discussing aboriginal education and training programs, working on export markets beyond the United States, and finding taxes and fees Canada can cut.”

Winnipeg Free Press