Atlantic premiers meeting focuses on the economy

St. John’s, NL meting will also gauge impact of EI changes

ST. JOHN’S, NL — The premiers of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces began meetings Jan. 19 that focus on the economy and the impact of changes to the federal Employment Insurance program.

The provinces share concern over how the drop in oil prices could affect the region and how EI changes are playing out.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s ongoing fight for what it says was a promised federal fishery fund could also be raised.

Premier Paul Davis is accusing Ottawa of breaking a deal on its share of a transition fund for Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishery to adjust to changes in a free trade deal with Europe.

The province says the fund was to include research, marketing and help for displaced workers in the struggling sector.

Ottawa says the fund was never meant as a blank cheque that would give the province an edge over other Atlantic regions.

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