The federal government is set to sit down with the provinces Monday for some tough negotiations on the future of health-care funding in Canada.
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to face a bevy of hostile provincial counterparts in Ottawa. After sitting down to a working dinner on Sunday night, provincial and territorial ministers are fuming over Ottawa’s plan to reduce yearly increases to health care funding to three per cent from six per cent.
Provinicial finance ministers were critical of what they called a take-it-or-leavie-it offer from the feds.
Morneau suggests the federal plan is nearly offset by the improvements Ottawa wants in home care and mental health. But Manitoba’s Cameron Friesen says federal government’s numbers simply don’t add up to adequate health care for Canadians.
Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette said the lack of negotiations and Ottawa’s ultimatum is “totally insulting and inappropriate.”
Finance ministers will be joined later in the day by the country’s health ministers to continue talks on health funding.