Doug Ford pays up on bet, embraces Winnipeg Blue and Gold at premiers’ meeting

Ontario Premier Doug Ford kicked off the premiers’ meeting just outside Toronto this morning by donning a Winnipeg Blue Bombers jersey.

He lost a bet to Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister over the Grey Cup, in which the Winnipeg team beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Ford then handed out Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys to all the premiers and welcomed them to Ontario.

He told them they are going to have a “real productive meeting.”

Ford says he thinks the meeting in Mississauga sends a clear message to all of Canada that the premiers may have their differences, but that they are united as a country.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the premiers have come to the meeting with various priorities and differing opinions, but the goal is to find a few issues on which they have common ground.

Ford says health care is a concern for everyone, and that all premiers want a 5.2 per cent annual increase to the Canada Health Transfer.

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