PM and premiers haggle over billions — but the future of health care needs more than money – CBC

‘Money alone is not the answer,’ Trudeau says after premiers accuse him of not offering enough

Feb 08, 2023

Tuesday’s first ministers meeting on health care ended in a disagreement over money. Because of course it did.

“One of the things we did see today was that there wasn’t a lot in the way of new funding,” Manitoba Premier Heather Stephanson said when the premiers emerged from their meeting with the prime minister.

An hour later, Justin Trudeau appeared before reporters and described what his government was offering as “a major federal investment in health care.”

The premiers had been demanding that Trudeau’s government immediately increase annual transfers to the provinces by $28 billion — an enormous sum that almost certainly would require the federal government to either raise taxes or make significant cuts to spending in other areas.

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