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Western, territorial premiers to meet in Winnipeg

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Premier Greg Selinger speaks during the NDP convention in Brandon earlier this year.

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Premier Greg Selinger speaks during the NDP convention in Brandon earlier this year.

Canada’s four western premiers and the three territorial premiers will gather in Winnipeg for a two-day meeting beginning on Sunday.

Premier Greg Selinger said that economic and educational issues will dominate the conference agenda.

"We’re all focusing on growing our economy and the skills of our citizens to participate in that economy," he said Friday.

Selinger said he will explain Manitoba’s proposed anti-bullying bill, which is now before the Manitoba legislature.

"There’s real interest on the part of the other provinces and territories" in dealing with school bullying, he said.

"We want to make sure that that discussion focuses on prevention, not just on an exclusive narrow focus on Criminal Code amendments," he said. "We want to prevent it."

The western premiers are also expected to discuss a proposed national disaster-mitigation program to be funded 50-50 with Ottawa. Selinger said he would want to ensure that any new program does not undermine the current disaster financial relief program, which compensates victims of floods and other disasters.

Selinger will host a private dinner for his western colleagues on Sunday. They will also meet on Monday morning, completing their conference around noon.

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Updated on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM CDT: adds details re: territorial premiers

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