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Clark shuts down Constitution talk at meeting

CHARLOTTETOWN - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says there's little chance Canada's premiers will talk about bringing Quebec into the Constitution at their annual meeting in Charlottetown.

The meeting, which officially started today, includes Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, whose federalist Liberal party defeated the separatist Parti Quebecois in April.

Clark says she has no plans to talk about the Constitution and she stressed that the premiers around the table are focused on creating jobs and expanding the economy.

She said it didn't make sense to talk about the Constitution when Canada is facing sluggish economies and increased global competition.

Clark then reached out to Couillard, lauding his early contributions at the conference.

Later, Couillard said he had taken the time to remind the other premiers about the "significant negative events" that happened in 1982 and 1990 when the Constitution was repatriated and a bid to get Quebec to sign the document failed.

Couillard said these topics are "not closed for Quebecers," but he went on to say his priorities are the economy, jobs and quality of life.

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