No Strings Attached
April 9, 2011 by Post Team
No Strings Attached, The campaign trail is no place for negotiations for the Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff without barter on Friday and gave Prime Ministers of Canada, the ace of spades in the federal-provincial relations. A Liberal government to increase health transfers and billion a year. No strings attached.
Mr. Ignatieff pledge to continue the six percent annual escalator butter health transfers more money in provincial health budgets have increased faster than economic growth for years. Economists – former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge recently – have warned that health spending is threatening to other public spending priorities. Mr. Dodge said the costs could be contained only by reducing what is covered by Medicare or by the introduction of some form of user fees or new taxes. All options are unacceptable, he said.
He rebuked the party leadership for ignoring the health problem in the gallery, and a little Mr. Ignatieff, writing an open letter to Canadians “, he said he would renew the escalator introduced in 2004 by former government liberal, so that the provinces could continue with the reforms launched.
Reform was the noble goal of “seeking a decade,” beaten by former Prime Minister Paul Martin, but the agreement carried no penalty to the provinces that do not fulfill their part of the deal. Today, the federal government transfers and .7 billion to the provinces for health spending – above and 1 mm of Manitoba. By, when the agreement expires, federal transfers and 30.5 billion total. To do this, waiting times for some services have been reduced. But the costs are spiraling. Manitoba and 4.7 million health budget eats 44 percent of provincial spending, which was 42 percent in 2004.
Mr. Ignatieff played the health card to paint the Conservatives in a corner, but a Conservative spokesman quickly responded that his platform is a continuous increase of six percent of health transfers, but like the liberals did not say how long they continue.
None of this augurs well for taxpayers and users of health services. Secured climbing transfers to provinces have no reason to invest seriously in the prevention of disease. David Dodge called for a mature debate on health reform. What Canadians Friday was a cynical attempt expensive for voting?
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