Trudeau runs away on the issue of health transfers, castigate Singh and Blanchet

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Trudeau runs away on the issue of health transfers, castigates Singh and Blanchet

Justin Trudeau during an address to supporters of the Liberal Party of Canada, in Gatineau, on December 15, 2022. The Prime Minister is criticized by the New Democrat and Bloc leaders for not meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts on the issue of health transfers.

New Democrat and Bloc leaders Jagmeet Singh and Yves-François Blanchet both criticize Justin Trudeau for not having met with his provincial counterparts to resolve the impasse in federal health transfers. They respectively spoke about it at the microphone of Alec Castonguay on the show Midi info on ICI Première, Friday.

The Canadian Prime Minister was expected Friday, in Montreal, for a meeting with Prime Minister François Legault. A meeting intended, in particular, to discuss the sums paid by the federal government to the provinces for the health sector.

But Justin Trudeau, detained in Ottawa by bad weather conditions, postponed see you next week.

In the eyes of Jagmeet Singh, the Canadian Prime Minister should already have met with all his provincial counterparts to discuss health transfers. That he did not do so is unacceptable, criticizes the NDP leader.

In an interview on Friday, the NDP leader asked the Prime Minister to #x27;stop hiding because we are in a really serious crisis, a crisis that affects children.

It is unheard of what is happening in pediatric hospitals like Sainte-Justine, in Montreal, he continued, adding that instead of meeting with the premiers of the provinces, instead of x27; listen to their concerns and find solutions with them, Justin Trudeau is hiding.

The leader of the New Democratic Party in the House of Commons during an intervention. Jagmeet Singh says Justin Trudeau should agree to meet with the provinces to discuss health because the crisis in children's hospitals is serious.

“A leader is someone who seeks solutions, not excuses. Right now, Justin Trudeau is looking for excuses. »

— Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada

The NDP leader says the federal government needs to work with the provinces as a good partner. For example, in the face of the labor shortage, which is a major contributor to the health crisis, the federal government can help with the training of workers, especially those from abroad who must have their skills recognized. skills, says Mr. Singh.

The impasse that prevails in this file is an obstacle to the search for solutions in this crisis, deplores the NDP leader, for whom it is unacceptable.

Friday Last year, the premiers of the provinces and territories again called for a meeting with their federal counterpart. We have started to share the costs 50-50, said the premier of Manitoba. We need to discuss this and keep it at 35%, long term.

For Ottawa, any eventual increase in the sums paid to the provinces must be accompanied by their participation in a national health data sharing system.

Furthermore, Ottawa calls on the provinces to be accountable, in a way: We need to demonstrate concrete results, insisted Justin Trudeau last summer.

On data sharing, Jagmeet Singh said the federal government should not impose or force the provinces. Since health is under provincial jurisdiction, it is the provinces that manage health issues, he recalls.

In contrast, the idea of ​​transparency is one Quebecers and Canadians agree with, says Singh. We want to have guarantees that these funds will help people, and that they will be used in accordance with the laws and principles according to which the Canadian health care system must remain public and its access universal. I think it's reasonable, he concludes.

Last Monday, to show his impatience on the issue of health transfers, the NDP leader brandished the threatens that his party will withdraw from the support and confidence agreement signed with the Liberals.

This agreement notably provides for the New Democratic Party (NDP) to support the minority Liberal government on key votes in the Commons, in order not to provoke an election call by 2025. In exchange, the Liberals have promised to advance issues considered priorities by the New Democrats, including, precisely, health care.

See Midi infoFriday, Jagmeet Singh hasn't ruled out breaking the deal…but he's not ready to go. We will use this agreement, and our power in this minority government, to force the government to do what it takes to protect this system.

“My goal is to force the government to act, instead of finding an excuse to force the government to call an election. This is an important nuance: I put pressure on the shoulders of the government.

—Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada's NDP

Jagmeet Singh says his party played a role in the Liberal government's decision to double the goods and services tax credit for six months. He also claims that in passing the Dental Benefit covering dental care for children and the Housing Allowance, the government took into consideration the priorities of the NDP.

According to Mr. Singh, the agreement did not have the effect of relegating the NDP to the shadow of the Liberals. On the contrary, he objects: the media are talking about it and people are interested in what we are doing, they are interested in the agreement in general.

< p class="e-p">Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Official Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre both declined the Midi info show's invitation to take stock of their parliamentary year.

The end of the agreement between the Trudeau government and the NDP would not lead to the fall of the government the next morning, said Yves-François Blanchet in an interview with Midi info. p>

The official opposition, formed by the Conservatives, votes against the government, it is the tradition, he says. We, if it's not good for Quebec, we will vote against.

The leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, during an intervention in the House of Commons. According to him, a federal election could be called in the fall of 2024.

“I don't feel any kind of; obligation to [keep] a government standing. If he freaks out, he will freak out, that will be his problem.

—Yves-François Blanchet, Leader of the Bloc Québécois

Mr. Trudeau can decide when he sees fit to call an election, adds the leader of the Bloc, who sees in the fall of 2024 the real window on a federal election.

We , we will be ready in all circumstances [to go to elections], says Mr. Blanchet.

Health transfers are not a big deal to negotiate, slice the Bloc leader who also criticizes Justin Trudeau for not having met with his provincial counterparts.

A meeting cannot be refused in the context of health transfers: &quot ;Go see them, say no to them if you want, but go see them, do something!"

Yves-François Blanchet describes the behavior of the Canadian Prime Minister in this matter from rude, from not very modest, as if he were the superior of his counterparts in the provinces, he said.

It's going to take him a big snowstorm to refuse to see them out the gang, he quips.

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