Premiers seeking billions more for health care ask Trudeau to set meeting
|globalnews.ca 30 Oct 2020 at 15:39|
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OTTAWA — Canada’s premiers are growing impatient with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‘s failure to schedule a meeting to discuss their demand for at least $28 billion more each year for health care.
Trudeau agreed in early September to hold a virtual first ministers’ meeting dedicated to the subject of the annual federal transfer payment to provinces and territories for health care.
But no date has yet been set for the discussion.
Premiers have now issued a statement pointing out that “many weeks have passed” since Trudeau agreed to a meeting and calling on him to confirm a date “without further delay.”
The federal government this year will transfer to the provinces nearly $42 billion for health care, under an arrangement that sees the transfer increase by at least three per cent each year.
But the premiers say that amounts to only 22 per cent of the actual cost of delivering health care and doesn’t keep pace with yearly cost increases of about six per cent.