House of Commons
September 27, 2012
Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, today’s PBO report clearly shows that the federal government is balancing its books on the backs of the provinces. Conservatives did this by short-changing the Canada Health Transfer by 36 billion.
A majority of Canadians believe healthcare should be the government’s top priority, yet the Conservatives keep backing away from their responsibilities and the health accords.
Today, New Democrats launched our national campaign to provide real leadership on healthcare.
Will the Conservatives join us, to finally provide the leadership on healthcare that Canadians are asking for?
Mr. Colin Carrie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I am not sure where the NDP and the Parliamentary Budget Officer learned their math, but here in reality, when funding is increased to $40 billion, that is an increase. That is our government’s record and that is what we have been doing. Unlike previous governments, that balanced their books on the backs of the provinces and territories, we are increasing our transfers to them. We have committed to a long-term stable funding arrangement that will see health transfers reach historic levels by the end of this decade. Our investments will help preserve Canada’s health care system so that it can be there when Canadians need it.