Atlantic finance ministers worried about Ottawa’s job training plans

WATCH: Following the release of Canada’s federal budget, Nova Scotia Finance Minister Diana Whalen gives her perspective on The Morning News

HALIFAX – Finance ministers in Atlantic Canada are expressing their concern about Ottawa’s decision to forge ahead with the Canada Job Grant.

Diana Whalen of Nova Scotia says she’s worried the grant is targeted to the West, and will result in slashed training programs in her province.

Whalen says she fears people will be left behind.

The federal government says it will deliver its new, national job-training program starting April 1 through Service Canada outlets, with or without provincial involvement.

P.E.I. Finance Minister Wes Sheridan says more negotiations are needed to come to a solution on the program that satisfies all levels of government.

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Sheridan says the program was presented to the provinces as a take-it-or-leave-it option.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s finance minister, Charlene Johnson, says talks are ongoing to reach the best possible deal.