Clearly, provincial governments have no problem spending many additional billions on treating sickness. Maybe it’s time they started directing spending towards improving health.
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, pictured on Nov. 9, 2017, getting a flu shot on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Provincial ministers of health and ministers of finance seek to “bend the health care cost curve” but year after year, provincial budgets bend the cost curve in the wrong direction, adding billions of dollars to provincial health spending.
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‘If it is slanderous or defamatory, then we will be held accountable for that, and we will be held accountable by our electorate, in whether they vote for us again,’ says Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen.
Big-ticket items in the last federal budget of this majority Liberal government include more than $6.2-billion to expand federal financing of rental construction, $1-billion for increasing access to drugs for rare diseas
Whereas last year’s budget was largely pitched at women, this year, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s final budget is focused on skills training to help older workers and youth adapt to a rapidly changing workforce.