Legault attacks Trudeau and Duclos on health

Legault attacks Trudeau and Duclos on health

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VICTORIA | The Prime Minister of Quebec considers that the attitude of Justin Trudeau is “insulting” in the file of health financing and he criticizes the very existence of a post of Minister of Health in Ottawa.

“It is a bit insulting to delegate Mr. Duclos, the federal Minister of Health, to pass on his messages. How is it that there is a federal Minister of Health when it is an area of ​​jurisdiction of the provinces and territories? That is the first problem,” said François Legault closing the Council of the Federation meeting in Victoria.  

“Then, it is very insulting that Mr. Trudeau refuses to meet his counterparts.” 

The premiers of the provinces and territories have reiterated the urgency of concluding a new “long-term” financial pact with the federal government in the area of ​​health care.  

The provinces are calling for An additional $28 billion on a recurring basis and without conditions. 

Conditions

According to a source familiar with the matter, federal ministers “will be happy to s 'sit down' with the provinces when they are ready to talk about health care.  

“The provinces only want to talk about money,” she argues. 

Ottawa would require certain guarantees from the provinces in order to open negotiations. For example, provinces will have to refrain from reducing taxes or taxes through transfers. In an interview with the CBC, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Dominic LeBlanc, also said that they should not reduce their health spending.  

It is precisely because of the increase in spending in this area that the provinces have been calling for a meeting with Justin Trudeau for three years now.  

“One of the problems we are experiencing , is that health care spending is increasing by 5% to 6% per year, even if we want to offer the same level of service, because of the impact of the aging of the population and because of new technologies,” said explained Mr. Legault, adding that Mr. Leblanc was mixing up the files.  

Real needs

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the situation is “frustrating” because the provinces really need the money.

“We are committed to not reducing our health spending. But if that is a federal condition, it must present the condition in the context of negotiations and talks,” he said. “There are two emergencies in Canada, the emergency of inflation and the emergency in the health care system and the government must address these two emergencies,” he said.  

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has signaled that Canadian citizens do not want to know where the money is coming from. They want quality health care, he says.

Dubé better than Trudeau

However, the federal government persists in wanting to decide where the money it transfers to the provinces should be invested, by forcing them to invest it, for example, in mental health or home care, pleads the government of Quebec and its provincial partners.  

François Legault argued that Justin Trudeau was not in the best position to say where the money should be spent in his health network. &nbsp ;

“As for the choice of priorities, well, I trust Christian Dubé more than Justin Trudeau to choose health priorities in Quebec,” said François Legault on Tuesday morning.&nbsp ; 

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  • “We are no longer able to pay 78% of the bill. I think the message is clear. It seems to me that the message is important and it seems to me that Mr. Trudeau should agree to meet with us.” – François Legault 

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