(Ottawa) The Leader of the Official Opposition, Erin O’Toole, pledges to hold a meeting on health transfers with the Council of the Federation within the first 100 days of a Conservative government.
This is the promise made to the Premier of Quebec and President of the Council, François Legault, during a telephone meeting between the two men on Monday morning.
Mr. Legault is busy talking to all the leaders of the opposition parties in Ottawa to convince them of the merits of increasing federal health transfers to $ 28 billion.
Mr. O’Toole did not commit to a specific figure, but reiterated in a report posted on social media that it is his intention to increase health transfers “in a stable, predictable and without condition “.
Mr. Legault’s cabinet declined to comment on the Prime Minister’s private meetings.
Mr. Legault will also speak by phone with New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party leader Annamie Paul on Monday afternoon. He had already spoken with the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, last week.
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Mr. Legault is holding these meetings as the first federal budget approaches. He hopes to see an increase in health transfers, a unanimous request from the provinces and territories.
The Council of the Federation calls on the federal government to increase its share of health care funding from its current level of 22% to 35%, an increase of 28 billion.
The premiers of the provinces and territories already held a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on this subject last December. They came away disappointed that the federal government was unwilling to make a long-term commitment to health funding.
However, they said they were satisfied to hear Mr. Trudeau recognize that the federal government had to do more than it does now, according to the press release issued after their meeting.