Health transfers: Provinces unwilling to discuss plan, says Trudeau

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Health Transfers: Provinces Won't Discuss Plan, Trudeau Says

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau considers that provincial health ministers refused to discuss a plan proposed by Ottawa when they recently met with their federal counterpart, Jean-Yves Duclos .

Unfortunately, the provinces have decided not to engage and discuss this plan, but we remain here to be a partner, Mr. Trudeau, before heading to his weekly cabinet meeting.

The Prime Minister was then questioned, in a scrum, on the congestion in several pediatric hospitals, across the country, and the stumbling block in discussions about transfers in health.

After saying he was extremely worried about health systems and particularly [for] children, he returned to the meeting in early November that took place in Vancouver between Mr. Duclos and his counterparts.

When the health ministers met a few weeks ago, there was a plan to increase human resources, to help people meet urgent needs, he offered as a description of the way forward. which was proposed, according to him, by the federal government.

The provinces and territories have been demanding from Ottawa, for several years, a recurring increase in health transfers. They want the federal contribution to increase to cover 35% of health costs, a provincial jurisdiction.

The Trudeau government says it is open to advancing more than money, but also insists on the results that Canadians expect, its representatives have publicly repeated for months.

The Quebec government of Fran├žois Legault has been hammering since the beginning of the common front with the provinces and territories that Ottawa's money should flow unconditionally.

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