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Canada Billions more for health care likely to top premiers' wish list for throne speech

12:01  18 september  2020
12:01  18 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

Billions more for health care tops premiers' wish list for throne speech

  Billions more for health care tops premiers' wish list for throne speech OTTAWA — Canada's premiers unanimously demanded Friday that the federal government fork over at least $28 billion more each year for health care, among other big-ticket items on their wish list for next week's throne speech. They also want Ottawa to increase funding for infrastructure projects by $10 billion. And they want retroactive reforms to the fiscal stabilization program so that provinces hit with a sudden plunge in revenue get more money. That would mean an extra $6 billion for Alberta alone. But it's health care that tops their wish list.

OTTAWA - Four conservative-minded premiers are to issue today their wish list for next week's throne speech on which the fate of Justin In particular, it is expected to promise more health care funding — including for long-term care homes that have borne the brunt of the more than 9,000

Four conservative-minded premiers are to issue today their wish list for next week's throne speech on which On top of that, the federal government is giving provinces and territories billion to help them cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, including some billion for health care .

François Legault et al. wearing costumes © Provided by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Four conservative-minded premiers are to issue today their wish list for next week's throne speech on which the fate of Justin Trudeau's minority Liberal government could hinge.

Quebec's Francois Legault, Ontario's Doug Ford, Alberta's Jason Kenney and Manitoba's Brian Pallister plan to hold a news conference in Ottawa to spell out what they hope to see in the speech.

Billions more for health care is likely to top their list.

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OTTAWA — Four conservative-minded premiers have issued their wish list for next week's throne speech on which the fate of Justin Trudeau's minority Liberal government could hinge. More federal funding for health care is at the top of the list. "We're in desperate need of your support," Ontario

Billions more for health care tops premiers ' wish list for throne speech . OTTAWA - Canada's premiers unanimously demanded Friday that the federal government fork over at least billion more each year for health care , among other big-ticket items on their wish list for next week's

Ford and Legault last week called on Ottawa to significantly increase the annual federal transfer payments to provinces and territories for health care.

The transfer this year will amount to almost $42 billion under an arrangement that sees it increase by at least three per cent each year.

On top of that, the federal government is giving provinces and territories $19 billion to help them cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, including some $10 billion for health care.

Legault and Ford argue that additional federal funding is needed to cope with the mushrooming costs of delivering health care beyond the financial burden imposed by the pandemic.

The throne speech is expected to include three main priorities: measures to protect Canadians' health and avoid another national lockdown; economic supports to help keep Canadians financially afloat while the pandemic continues; and longer-term measures to eventually rebuild the economy.

In particular, it is expected to promise more health care funding — including for long-term care homes that have borne the brunt of the more than 9,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Canada — and for child care so that women, hardest hit by the shutdown, can go back to work.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2020.

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Man charged in connection with alleged online threats against Quebec premier .
MONTREAL — A 65-year-old Quebec man has been charged after allegedly threatening Premier Francois Legault online. Sylvain Proulx will appear in court on Nov. 9 in Roberval, in the Lac-Saint-Jean region. According to the charge sheet, the threat to cause death or bodily harm to the Quebec premier was made on Sept. 5. Three days later, on Sept. 8, Quebec provincial police announced they were meeting with two men, ages 59 and 65, regarding threatening language against a member of the provincial legislature. It's unclear whether action was taken against the 59-year-old.

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