“It's not up to the federal government to do health reform,” says Justin Trudeau

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“”It’s not up to the federal government to make health reform,” says Justin Trudeau

The Prime Minister of Canada spoke with news anchor Patrice Roy in Montreal hours after a one-on-one meeting with his Quebec counterpart, François Legault.

Justin Trudeau in interview with the leader antenna Patrice Roy

Justin Trudeau is categorical: there is no point injecting more money into provincial health systems if they are not seriously transformed. And it is not the role of his government, according to him, “to make this reform”.

In a long interview with the head of Radio -Canada Patrice Roy, Prime Minister Trudeau has responded incisively to the grievances of his provincial counterparts, who are demanding more generous federal transfers to keep their health systems afloat, some of the seams of which are hanging by a thread.

The reality is that it's not just more money that will fix the situation, Mr. Trudeau said. It will take a transformation of the system, he added, ensuring that he had had constructive discussions on this subject with François Legault during their private conversation on Tuesday morning.

“Money, long term, yes, we're interested in giving it away. But [the provinces] need to show that they are serious about improving and transforming the [health] system.

—Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

It's up to the provinces, said the Prime Minister. We, the only tool we have, at the federal level, is [to offer] long-term money, because short-term money, [the provinces] don't even need it, he added.

It is that, according to Justin Trudeau, the provincial governments are in surplus, he pointed out, and they have the money to invest in their health systems, at least in the immediate future.

Justin Trudeau and Patrice Roy met near Beaver Lake on Mount Royal for their interview.

The money from federal health transfers should thus be used, according to Mr. Trudeau, for in-depth improvements to health care in the country. First, according to him, the provinces must rigorously share data from their health systems so that they can be compared across the country, a repeated request from Justin Trudeau and its Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, whom the Prime Minister described as a condition for an increase in health transfers.

“Federal money doesn't come out of nowhere. It doesn't come from the clouds. It's taxpayers' money. If we are going to send the money that people pay to improve the care that people receive, it is normal that there is a certain level of transparency. »

— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

There are things we can and must do to improve the system, and we want to be part of it. of these conversations, said the Prime Minister. And when can we expect the results of these discussions? Very soon, he promised, recognizing the urgency of the situation.

Health, immigration, protection of French, the subjects to be discussed were not lacking during the meeting between Justin Trudeau and François Legault. In an interview with Patrice Roy, the Prime Minister of Canada returns to these issues and talks about the evolution of the Canadian political context, with the arrival of a new leader of the official opposition, the Conservative Pierre Poilievre.

The protection of French in the country also figured prominently during the exchanges between Prime Minister Trudeau and Patrice Roy.

From the outset, Justin Trudeau admitted that; there is room for improvement to protect the French fact in Canada and that its government is the first to recognize it.

But there is no question of imposing the Charter of the French language, commonly known as Bill 101, on federally chartered companies in Quebec (banks, for example). This is a repeated request from the Legault government which will remain a dead letter, at least according to Justin Trudeau.

There is no question of imposing Bill 101 on businesses under federal jurisdiction in Quebec, argues Justin Trudeau.

“We at the federal level respect areas of jurisdiction. Jurisdictions say banks are federal. I don't want a provincial law to govern federal institutions, any more than Mr. Legault would want me to interfere in a provincial field. »

— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

He proposes instead a device similar to Bill 101 but more flexible, nested in the draft reform of the Act on official languages, an initiative already denounced by the Bloc Québécois, which considers it rather as a right to work in English in Quebec.

We want the same thing, argued Mr. Trudeau. We want to protect French, but we also want to protect minority language communities.

Canada may not be in an election period, but that does not prevent the leaders of the two main parties from exchanging blows through the media. On Monday, in rare media appearances, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre chained attacks on Justin Trudeau, whom he accused of making life hard for Canadians by blowing on the embers of the country. inflation.

Attention paid to him by the Prime Minister, at the head of a minority government, during his meeting with Patrice Roy.

Mr. Trudeau was unimpressed by the pugnacity and combativeness attributed to his opponent. Yes, it is supposed to be, said the Prime Minister, with irony in his voice, pointing out in passing the electoral defeat of the Conservatives in the by-election in Mississauga-Lakeshore, where Pierre Poilievre did not even go, according to the Prime Minister.

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Pierre Poilievre, in the House of Commons

But Justin Trudeau has mostly left the door wide open for an electoral duel between him and Mr. Poilievre in the next campaign. I really want to, he said when asked about it.

“C& #x27;is the kind of country in which we will live and in which our children will grow up that is at stake. There is a real contrast between the vision that I have […] and that of the Conservative Party , [who is] far-right from time to time.

— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

According to him, the Conservative Party has changed in recent years. It's not [Brian] Mulroney's beautiful blues anymore. There is a hard and populist side. But Canadians haven't changed.

For me, it's a matter of setting a clear direction for the future of our country , said Mr. Trudeau, tracing in passing the breaking points between his opponent and him, which could set the tone for the next electoral confrontation.

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