Health money is on the table, up to provinces whether to take it: Trudeau

Up to provinces whether they want health money: Trudeau

WINNIPEG — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa has put tens of billions on the table in health transfers and it’s up to the provinces whether to take the money.

Speaking in Winnipeg before a town-hall meeting, Trudeau pointed out that the federal government is also offering $5 billion over 10 years for mental-health and home care.

He did not answer a question about whether he would impose a deadline for reaching a deal.

Manitoba has launched an online ad campaign criticizing the federal government’s plan to limit annual increases in health transfer payments.

The three territories, three Atlantic provinces and Saskatchewan have signed onto the plan.

Trudeau said he is looking forward to working with the hold-out provinces to ensure the welfare of all Canadians.

 

The Canadian Press