The term has the advantage of distinguishing top-level federal-provincial meetings from more specialized gatherings of ministers and civil servants, and it avoids the issue of whether the first ministers of the provinces are to be called premiers or prime ministers, an issue of importance to some provincial leaders.
To some observers, the first ministers' meetings fill a gap in the Canadian constitution by providing a forum for consultation and regulation of federal-provincial relations; to others they furnish an opportunity for gratuitous grandstanding by politicians. See also FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL RELATIONS; MEECH LAKE ACCORD; MEECH LAKE ACCORD: DOCUMENT.
Author ROBERT BOTHWELL
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...