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Let’s talk health care before climate change, premiers tell Ottawa

Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski laid out the Council of the Federation’s demands in a Sept. 15 letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau


 

OTTAWA — Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders want face time with Justin Trudeau to discuss health care funding — and they want a commitment from Ottawa before they’re willing to talk about climate change, a federal Liberal priority.

Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, the current chairman of the group representing the premiers of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories, lays out the Council of the Federation’s demands in a Sept. 15 letter to the prime minister.

In the letter, obtained by The Canadian Press, Pasloski says if the meeting doesn’t happen, the Liberals should put off plans to change the formula that determines annual increases in federal health-care transfer payments.

Pasloski notes that the premiers asked Trudeau for a meeting on long-term health funding in July, but haven’t heard back.

His letter says the premiers are looking for a “spirit of collaboration” from the federal government and want a meeting with Trudeau “solely dedicated to long-term health financing.”

The premiers say changes in the funding formula that are scheduled to start in fiscal 2017-18 could cost them $1 billion next year alone.

“With the 2017-18 federal budgetary cycle beginning in the coming weeks, it is important that first ministers act before these changes begin impacting Canadians,” Pasloski writes.


 

Let’s talk health care before climate change, premiers tell Ottawa

  1. The unspoken subtext is that the premiers expect Ottawa to indefinitely continue to increase health care funding faster than the economy can grow despite the mathematical fact that that is unsustainable. At least some things never change.

  2. Provinces should look after their own problems, and stop bugging the Feds

    There are lots of economies to be made without rattling a tin cup.

      • Oh that’s been around for ages….it wasn’t Harp who thought of it

        I don’t think the man ever had an original idea.

        I even said I’d forgive him a lot if he traded with the EU…..but it never happened.

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