Tag: health accord

Sifting through the numbers in the simmering health transfer debate

A big item on the political calendar for 2023 will be health funding, specifically provincial demands for a massive increase in the federal contribution. The provincial premiers want $28 billion more – about 60 per cent above the current transfer – and a face-to-face meeting with the Prime Minister to boot. Trudeau says his government is willing to increase funding by some unspecified amount, but wants to attach conditions, which is anathema to some of the premiers. At this point it’s unclear how this quintessentially Canadian drama will play out, but it’s certain that the controversy will continue to...

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Liberal Land Pt. 1: Corruption and Harper health deal OK after all

Ever since the Newfoundland Liberals swept into power at the end of November, Atlantic Canada has been Liberal Land – four provincial Liberal governments added to the 32 Liberal MPs from the region elected in October. Earlier this month a meeting in Fredericton provided a glimpse of how things are going to be in this congenial new world. It was not a reassuring sight. The Fredericton meeting brought together the three Maritime Premiers (and a snowed-in Dwight Ball on the phone from Newfoundland) with a squad of federal cabinet ministers, led by regional MPs Scott Brison of Treasury Board...

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RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, a former radio and TV producer and weekly newspaper editor, and the author of three non-fiction books. Starr has lived in Dartmouth for more than 30 years.

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