Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford says health care is a concern for all, and all prime ministers are calling for an annual 5.2 percent increase in Canadian health care.
Several premiers said that now may not be the right time for a national pharmacare program - a promise the Liberals made during the federal election.
It was the first meeting of premiers since the federal Liberal government was reduced to a minority, and also shut out of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
In an interview with The West Block's Mercedes Stephenson, Moe said the premiers reached out to him as head of the Council of the Federation asking for an opportunity to seek consensus and unity "in light of the divisions that manifested themselves across this nation on election night".
The premiers also urged that a federal program created to help regions mired in an economic slump be strengthened.
"Don't start broadening health care when you can't get it right now", he said.
"What we're after here is a sustained relationship that can sustain healthcare", said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, referring to his fellow premiers as a "coalition".
Funding under the stabilization program is now made available to any province whose annual non-resource revenues decline by more than five per cent.
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and also Alberta Premier Jason Kenney demand Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to differ the equalization elements, nonetheless there's not likely to be agreement on that particular throughout the premiers' workdesk. Moe and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney want to discuss amendments to the fiscal stabilization program.
The program, which is supposed to give provinces a buffer from federal transfers when their revenue tanks, is capped at $60 per capita - a three-decade-old limit the Alberta government says should end.
"I believe with all of the premiers making this recommendation, it provides considerable weight to our argument, and I'll be pressing this issue as hard as I can", Toews told reporters in the legislature on Monday.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan, who has previously said he would be "delighted" to see a national pharmacare program, noted that the funding increase was needed more urgently for frontline care.
"The fiscal stabilization program, on the other hand, there's an opportunity there to address a program that was created to be very reactive and when you look at the lack of investment in that program over the last decade or so, it has proved to not be that reactive", Moe continued.
"I think there's an understanding with other provinces that Alberta's really going through a time of trial", he said. They are claiming it may help satisfy exhaust discount rate targets. Higgs wants to talk about coniferous wood.
While Monday's proceedings were generally loose and gregarious, a moment of tension emerged when they were asked at a joint press conference about Quebec's controversial Bill 21, which bans public sector workers from wearing religious symbols and has been criticized for being discriminatory.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who offered to host the meeting after the election, said he expects there to be fractious debate, but with a common goal.