Bridge being built

Canada’s premiers have ended their annual three-day conference in Winnipeg with a request that Ottawa boost economic growth and trade.

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson, who hosted the meeting, said the premiers have asked for a dedicated meeting with the prime minister to discuss infrastructure priorities.

Stefanson said partnerships are needed to keep Canada competitive, but Ottawa must respect the unique jurisdictions of each province.

She said the provinces are united in their goal of advancing infrastructure in communities and between jurisdictions, including economic trade corridors.

The premiers have also raised concerns about the bail system, asking Ottawa to reform the Criminal Code to prevent crime from repeat violent offenders.

They also said the federal government could help address staffing shortages in the health-care system by streamlining recruitment through immigration.