Premiers disappointed as Trudeau offers health plan lower than requested – Nunatsiaq News

Feb 7, 2023

Akeeagok and other territorial leaders eye bilateral funding with Ottawa to address northern challenges

Canada’s premiers expressed disappointment Tuesday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a plan to boost annual health-care funding that didn’t meet their desired goal.

The premiers of the 13 provinces and territories met Trudeau in Ottawa, where he presented his response to their request for more federal government funding. Two months ago, the premiers put up a united front, demanding a meeting with the prime minister to talk about how to fix the country’s ailing health-care system.

Trudeau announced Tuesday an increase in federal government health-care funding of $19.6 billion a year for the next 10 years. That amount was about one-third less than the $28-billion increase premiers were hoping for ahead of the meeting.

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