Jul 12, 2022
By Steve Kee
The Premiers are wrapping up two days of meetings in Victoria.
They have made their case for a permanent increase in federal health transfers, they’re also waiting on $2 billion they were promised back in March to help clear surgical and diagnostic backlogs.
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced the one-time top-up to “expedite” surgeries on March 25, and he and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced a bill in the House of Commons the same day to enable the funding.
Bill C-17 never got past first reading, and the promise was instead packaged into the federal budget roughly two weeks later.
Duclos says agreements will be signed with the provinces soon and the Finance Department says payments will start “imminently.”
Today on Fight Back on Zoomer Radio, former Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said while the money is important, it is incumbent on the provinces to make better use of their resources.
Also on the show, former Federal Conservative Interim Leader Lisa Raitt every institution needs to find ways of delivering better health care.
Ontario’s opposition parties say Premier Ford’s government must also commit to spending more within the province to sustain current critical health services.