Finance Minister Jim Flaherty speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
OTTAWA - Debt levels, changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and jobs were the top priorities for provincial and territorial finance ministers, who were in the capital to discuss economic concerns with Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty this weekend and Monday.
Although Flaherty has said he's willing to discuss CPP changes with his provincial counterparts, he has also indicated the economy is still too weak to implement increases to contribution limits.
Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said he would continue to "press for modest enhancements and I suspect there are other provinces who will do the same."
CPP was an issue the last time finance ministers met a year ago. In the interim, Flaherty said any legislative changes couldn't pass unless they had the unanimous support of all the provinces and territories, though only two-thirds support is required.