Libby questions the Conservative government’s attack on our public health care system




House of Commons


April 17, 2013

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):Mr. Speaker, it seems that cutting $36 billion in health care funding just is not enough for the Conservatives. Now, they are dismantling the Health Council of Canada, the organization that monitors whether commitments set out in the health accords are actually being met.

This latest move is nothing less than advocating all accountability to Canadians on our health care system.

Why are the Conservatives attacking our public health care system?

Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, that is a truly ridiculous attack.  In fact, our government, again, in budget 2013, is increasing funding for health care.  At a 6% escalator, we are increasing health care funding in every single year that we have been in government and we are increasing funding every year going forward, through until 2016.  In fact, the federal government’s rate of increase in health care spending is larger than that of any province in the country, including NDP provincial governments.  We take no lessons from the NDP in defending the principles of Canada’s health care system.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the Health Council of Canada and the health accords are examples of federalism at its best, but with one year left in the current accords, no sign of negotiations on the horizon and $36 billion less in transfers, the future is very bleak, indeed.

Will the Conservative government rescind the unilateral imposition on the provinces and commit to continue to fund the important work of the Health Council of Canada?