Canada’s premiers are serious about getting some face time with Justin Trudeau to discuss health care funding.
Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, the current chair of the group representing the country’s premiers has laid out the Council of the Federation’s demands in a letter to the prime minister.
The Sept.15 letter obtained by The Canadian Press is basically an ultimatum. They want a meeting on long-term health funding or they won’t sit down to talk about climate change, which is one of Trudeau’s top priorities.
Pasloski notes the premiers asked for the meeting in July but still haven’t heard back.
His letter says the premiers are looking for a “spirit of collaboration” from the federal government and want a meeting with Trudeau “solely dedicated to long-term health financing.”
The premiers say changes in the funding formula that are scheduled to start in fiscal 2017-18 could cost them $1 billion next year alone.