Side deals on health funding may be reached alongside national agreement: B.C. premier

Prime Ministers have expressed optimism about striking an improved national health funding deal with the federal government, ahead of next week’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. British Columbia Prime Minister David Eby said in Ottawa Wednesday that he believed the federal government would present the provinces and territories with details of a health transfer … Read more

Here’s what we know about Justin Trudeau’s secret health-care offer to provinces

OTTAWA—The federal government won’t make public its multibillion offer to the provinces on health care until Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets premiers and territorial leaders in Ottawa next week. Behind the scenes, however, federal and provincial officials are number-crunching to ensure the “working meeting,” as Trudeau called it, ends with no blow-ups, a solid overall … Read more

Premiers ‘expect’ feds to up share of health-care costs to 35% as Trudeau meeting nears – National

Canada’s 13 prime ministers say they “expect” to get a commitment from Ottawa to increase its share of health-care funding to 35 per cent, setting the stage for a possibly contentious first ministers’ meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week. The premiers released a joint statement Monday, saying they welcome the Feb. 7 meeting, … Read more

Eby hints he’s open to bilateral health deals if Ottawa signs on to ‘base’ funding first

British Columbia Premier David Eby hinted he could be open to a bilateral health funding deal with the federal government, provided Ottawa is first willing to sign on to a “base” funding deal with the provinces. Eby made the comments Wednesday, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’d invited prime ministers to a Feb. 7 … Read more

Trudeau to hold health-care funding talks with premiers next month, sources say – National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s premiers will meet in Ottawa next month in a bid to find a new funding deal for health care. Two federal sources granted anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter say Trudeau will announce the meeting this morning. The prime minister and his cabinet are … Read more

Canada’s health-care system is in shambles. So why does Jean-Yves Duclos think 2023 will be any better?

OTTAWA — Canada’s health minister thinks 2023 will be “a year of transformation.” “A good year of transformation,” Jean-Yves Duclos declares, in a year-end interview with the Star. “I think we can look forward to that.” His outlook might sound overly optimistic, but that might be something of a necessity. Still reeling from more than … Read more

Premiers demand meeting with Justin Trudeau over health-care funding

Canada’s prime ministers are demanding more federal money from Ottawa for health care and they want a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make their case. The provincial and territorial leaders appealed to Trudeau on Friday for a first minister’s meeting early in the new year to tackle the funding crisis in a … Read more