Tag: Health transfers

Health debate makes a blip on the campaign radar

The much-anticipated (by some) debate on health transfers put in a cameo in the federal election campaign this past week. On Wednesday the Liberals finally added a health care plank to their platform, promising $3 billion over four years for improved home care and an additional unspecified amount to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and expanded mental health programs. Justin Trudeau also promised to negotiate a new health funding accord with provincial leaders, but did not commit to maintaining a 6% annual increase in the health transfer past its scheduled expiry date of March 31, 2017. The NDP,...

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Failure to launch: The campaign and the health-care debate

There is a major irony at play so far in the federal election campaign. The media keep reporting on provincial politicians and health-care advocates complaining that health policy is not getting enough attention from the federal parties. Then they barely notice when one of the parties – the NDP – does pay attention. The most recent example was yesterday’s report by the Canadian Medical Association, setting out proposals for increased federal transfers targeted to health care for seniors. The report was put out, according to the CMA, to entice federal parties to put some of those ideas in their...

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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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