Trudeau to host premiers Feb. 7 to hammer out health deal: sources – CBC

Ottawa has said it wants its investment to go beyond short-term fixes, deliver systemic change

Jan 25, 2023

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host a first ministers’ meeting in Ottawa on Feb. 7 as his government looks to finalize a deal on health-care funding with the provinces, according to sources who spoke to CBC News.

The two sides have been in protracted negotiations over an increase to the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) for months.

The premiers have been demanding a face-to-face meeting with Trudeau to press him for a multi-billion dollar increase to the funding. The federal government has said Trudeau would not meet with his provincial counterparts until officials had negotiated some of the finer points of a deal.

Trudeau’s move to hold a meeting with premiers signals a deal could soon be in hand — but there are still some sticking points that need to be resolved, said federal sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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