Canada’s premiers and territorial leaders are in Victoria for a summer meeting where health care and affordability are expected to be among the issues discussed.
Leaders gathering Monday are looking to the federal Liberal government to increase the money it provides the provinces to pay for health care.
“We have a strong group of premiers from all different political stripes, and there’s one message: We need more support from the federal government,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Sunday, speaking to the health care issue.
The premiers are hoping to press the government for increased Canada Health Transfer funding.
But meeting chair John Horgan, the premier of British Columbia, told CBC Radio’s The House, in an interview available here, that there has been little response from Ottawa to provincial and territorial concerns. “As the kids say, we have been ghosted by the federal government,” he said.
The meeting runs until Tuesday afternoon, concluding with a news conference.
There’s also a story here on how the affordability issue is set to crop up in talks
The premier of Canada’s most populous province talks in a story here about raising immigration and skilled labour-shortage issues.
And there will be at least one doctor in the house as the leaders meet, a premier who, according to a CBC story here, has, by professional necessity, kept his medical skills honed.
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CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP RACE
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THIS AND THAT
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PRIME MINISTER'S DAY
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No schedule for other party leaders.
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Campbell Clark (The Globe and Mail) on how it’s time for both provincial and federal leaders to take responsibility for health care: “Quebec Premier François Legault was smart to fire up language and cultural issues in an election year, because he sure doesn’t want voters talking about his province’s stretched health care system. Ontario Premier Doug Ford was also keen to keep talk about health care to a minimum in the campaign that won him re-election in June. But this week, premiers gathering for a Council of the Federation meeting will point out – quite rightly – that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked a lot about health care in last year’s election campaign, but he hasn’t done much about it since. Canada’s federal and provincial politicians are spending a lot of effort on deflecting responsibility for health care, rather than taking it on. Let’s hope we won’t get fooled again.”
Vass Bednar (contributed to The Globe and Mail) on how the Rogers outage is an opportunity to change how we think about our digital infrastructure: “Enormous advances in mobile tech have made Canada’s telecoms enormously powerful, and that power has consolidated in just five major players. That number threatens to get smaller, too, with the proposed Rogers-Shaw merger currently under review by Canada’s Competition Bureau. If the deal goes through, the company that caused so many Canadians to lose connection with each other would serve roughly 40 per cent of all households in English Canada. For me, though, the outage of Rogers cellular and wireless services was not primarily about the need for competition reform in Canada. Instead, it reinforced the idea that our telecommunication networks are vital public infrastructure that is controlled by private corporations. We’ve lost sight of that balance, despite the ways we rely on those networks.”
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