A legacy of failed reforms


House of Commons


March 24, 2014

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the 2004 health accord expires in one week, putting the government’s shameful record on health care under the microscope.

Conservatives failed to act on commitments, making little to no progress on wait times, home care, aboriginal health, access to primary care or pharmacare. They even cut $36 billion from provincial transfers.

Why are Conservatives refusing to work with the provinces to ensure that Canadians have a strong, stable and accessible health care system?

Mr. Colin Carrie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to a strong, publicly-funded health care system, guided by the Canada Health Act. Our government is following through on our commitment to provide the highest recorded health transfer dollars in Canadian history to the provinces and territories. This record funding will reach $40 billion by the end of the decade and will provide stability and predictability to our system. We are focused on working with the provinces and territories on innovative solutions to ensure that our health care system is sustainable and delivering the care that Canadians need. The opposition needs to get serious on this issue, stop opposing our budgets and deliver these record health transfer dollars.