Health talks end without deal as feds pull out


The federal government has pulled out of a joint statement with provincial and territorial health ministers, ending much-anticipated meetings in Vancouver without any agreement to increase health care funding.

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix, who called the end of the meetings « disappointing », had previously said provincial and territorial ministers were united behind a request to increase federal funding to 35%, against 22%.

However, Dix says the federal government pulled out of both a joint statement and a subsequent press conference, because it was unhappy with a statement Canada’s prime ministers released today. .

The statement reiterates the premiers’ request to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet with them at a national conference on the federal health transfer.

Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said on Monday that the government was ready to boost the transfer, on various conditions, including a commitment to a common set of health benchmarks and data sharing, a position taken over by Trudeau.

But Dix says provincial and territorial ministers « couldn’t move forward » based on what he called « sound bites from the Prime Minister ».

“They made the decision not to participate,” Dix said of the feds.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 8, 2022.


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