by John Brian Shannon
On December 19, 2011, I wrote to the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance for Canada to inquire about and to suggest ways towards long-term sustainable funding for Canada’s multi-layered health system.
Later that day, the Honourable Minister of Finance announced a completely new plan dedicated to long-term sustainable funding of the Canada Health Act and to help support provincial government health care spending programs.
It was felt that long-term, sustainable funding for the provinces would be a better system than the then-system of ‘catch-as-catch-can’ where each individual province approached the federal government seeking funding for the next two or three years — basically, their role was to get as much money as possible from the feds in order to last that province until the next federal election — or as close to that goal as possible.
Although there was some provincial criticism of this new way forward at first, it has since muted considerably as provinces began to realize the benefits of not having to approach the federal government ‘cap in hand’ every 2-3 years to fund ever more expensive health care equipment, human resources and modern health care facilities.
Which is fine when the feds need the assistance of your province for some reason, or when there is a minority government, for just two examples — but this paradigm was not optimum from the provincial viewpoint during times of successive majority federal governments, not to mention when there existed political differences between federal and provincial governing political parties. (CPC federal government vs. NDP or Liberal provincial governments, for just one of many examples over the previous decades)
Minister of Health for Canada, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq has emailed me a letter with an attachment containing the contact information of all of Canada’s provincial Ministers of Health, so that Canadians can contact their respective provincial Health Minister to communicate their views directly, in regards to provincial health care matters.
Please find the downloadable PDF below.
12-004820-767 final (You may need to click on the link twice)
For those without PDF file capability, I have pasted the letter and the contact form below for your convenience.
Leona Aglukkaq, PC, MP is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Conservative in the 2008 Canadian federal election for the riding of Nunavut. en.wikipedia.org
Leona Aglukkaq, MP
House of Commons
458 Confederation Building
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6.
Tel: (613) 992-2848. Fax: (613) 996-9764.
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