Dec 19, 2016
By Michael Kramer
Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government wasn’t able to reach a deal with the provinces and territories on health-care funding.
Around midday, after intense criticism, the feds sweetened their offer – but they couldn’t nail down an agreement.
Morneau offered $11 billion over 10 years for home care and mental health – on top of a 3.5 per cent yearly increase in health funding transfers to the provinces and territorys.
That was up from the $8 billion and 3.5 per cent that was on the table – at the start of the day.
The provinces accused the Trudeau government of refusing to negotiate a new federal health-care funding framework – opting instead to put forward what the regional ministers consider a lacklustre take-it-or-leave-it offer.