Justin Trudeau promises more health funds, but not unconditionally

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Justin Trudeau promises more health funds, but not unconditionally

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, July 19, 2022 in Bowen Island, British Columbia.

Justin Trudeau promises to invest more in health , but his comments still imply that any new funds will come with strings attached.

While in Bowen Island, British Columbia, on Tuesday, the Prime Minister was asked about the fact that across Canada, emergency rooms are overflowing, citizens are struggling to find a family doctor and health professionals are calling for help.

We have to solve these problems and we have to solve them together so yes, the federal government is there, as a partner and will invest more, he first launched before adding in the same breath but we must learn from the past and make sure that by providing new funds, it really helps Canadians to have a family doctor, to have access to mental health care, to support them in overcoming the challenges they face coming out of COVID.

Justin Trudeau did not fail to recall, as did his Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland a few days ago, that his government had just announced $2 billion for provinces to help them with the delays because we understand the pressures they are under now.

The Prime Minister, however, did not seek to downplay the situation, acknowledging that too many Canadians are on waiting lists for surgery, do not have a family doctor and face unreasonable expectations, if not isn't downright a closure when they show up at the ER.

This is not normal, said Prime Minister Trudeau, recalling, as he does regularly, that his government had to allocate 70 billion dollars in additional funds on the sidelines of the pandemic. We will continue to be there to invest in a stronger health care system for all Canadians, he promised.

These are the things Canadians are committed to. expect from the federal government and the federal government will be there to make sure, alongside the provinces, that this happens, he added.

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs announced the replacement of the Minister of Health and other leaders of the health care system days after the death of a patient in the emergency department waiting room at Fredericton Hospital.

However, the Prime Minister reiterated that he has no intention of give carte blanche to the provinces.

But I believe all Canadians know that we need real improvements and real results for our health care system. The pandemic has exposed some of the challenges and issues facing our frontline healthcare workers who are heroes, but who are increasingly under stress and not seeing the support they need or the new entrants into their field.

For months, the provinces have been calling on Ottawa to increase health transfers to cover 35% of the costs rather than the 22% currently granted, a request that represents an outlay of an additional $28 billion from the federal government.

Justin Trudeau has so far refused to comply with this request and has often offered sums which are attached to conditions to spend them for certain specific purposes.

Quebec systematically refuses to comply with federal conditions, seeing in them a federal intrusion into a field of exclusive provincial jurisdiction.< /p>

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