Provinces reject Harper-style cuts and tactics

After months of issuing ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ ultimatums, the Liberal government has failed to negotiate a new Health Accord with the provinces and territories. With no next steps in the negotiation process, Canadians are left without any path forward for improved health care for the foreseeable future.

“Canada’s New Democrats are deeply disappointed that the Liberal government has failed to negotiate a new Health Accord. This represents a major lost opportunity to provide collaborative federal leadership to renew public health care for the 21st century,” said NDP Health Critic Don Davies. 

Provincial and territorial health ministers are accusing the federal government of holding Canadians hostage by offering them an agreement at the eleventh hour that’s even worse than Stephen Harper’s funding formula and far less generous than the Liberals’ own election pledge.

“As our population ages, it’s more important than ever to have a federal government that will defend our public health care system and improve it for generations to come,” said Tracey Ramsey, MP (Essex). “The Liberals must finally end the Harper approach, keep their promise on home care, and begin negotiating a Health Accord in good faith.”

The Liberal platform included a clear commitment to invest $3 billion over four years, starting immediately and independent of Health Accord negotiations. It is now well into the second year of the Liberals’ mandate and they still haven’t committed to earmarking a nickel in new funding for home care.