Hours after Christiana Freeland’s budget was tabled, Quebec Finance Minister Eric Girard unveiled one of his government’s first reactions on social media on Thursday evening.
“The budget presented this afternoon takes action on several important files, but we condemn the lack of increase in health transfers. Our continued demand is clear and the federal government must respond as soon as possible,” he shared on Twitter.
Minister in charge of Canadian Relations Sonia Label added. “However, our demands are clear: more health transfers. Another missed opportunity,” he wrote.
Quebec and other provinces and territories argue that, in principle, the federal government should repay half of provincial health spending. However, its contribution currently equates to 22% of these expenditures, with provinces making up 78%. The share of the central government should be increased to 35%.
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