Premiers agree to ask Ottawa for more money for health are, slumping resource revenues
2019-12-03 from theglobeandmail.com
Provincial and territorial leaders put on a show of unity on Monday by agreeing to press Ottawa for more health-care money and better aid for resource-dependent provinces, while trying to keep long-simmering differences over issues such as pipelines from boiling over.
The 13 premiers, who make up the Council of the Federation, met at a hotel near Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, just outside Toronto. Among their demands, issued in a joint statement and sent off in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is for Ottawa to increase the cash it hands provinces for health care by 5.2 per cent a year, up from the current rate of 3 per cent.
The premiers also said that any federal pharmacare plan – pledged by the Liberals in the fall election campaign – “must be developed in partnership with provinces and territories,” and have an opt-out for provinces.
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