Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Prime Minister Paul Martin will meet this Saturday amidst a dispute over how much federal funding Ontario deserves.
McGuinty's office confirmed the Ottawa huddle last night after weeks of trying to secure a date with Martin.
The premier's beef is that Ontario pays $23 billion more in taxes to the federal government a year than it receives back in various transfers and services.
Martin has dismissed McGuinty's so-called fiscal gap, and said he would not be willing to discuss the premier's call for a downpayment of $5 billion to begin addressing the imbalance.
The premier told reporters yesterday he will continue to press his case beyond Saturday's meeting, including during a federal election.
"I'm going to stay focused on our priorities, our concerns, and our particular campaign and that's for fairness
in dealing with the $23-billion gap," McGuinty said.