REGINA - Opposition leader Carla Beck says she is glad that additional funding is on the table, following Canada Health Transfer talks in Ottawa.
The meeting between the provincial premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrapped up Tuesday afternoon. The federal government made an offer to the provinces of $196 billion over ten years in health care funding, but only $46.2 billion of that was new funding.
Premier Scott Moe said following the discussions that the provincial Premiers and their teams needed a couple of days to digest the details in the offer they were provided that day, and then come back with a response.
Beck’s statement was similar, stating they were awaiting details on what the federal Canada Health Transfer proposal will mean in the Saskatchewan context. She also indicated she would be engaging with those in the health sector to ensure the funds flow directly to fixing the healthcare system.
Her statement in full is as follows:
“Although we’re waiting on additional details on what the federal Canada Health Transfer proposal will mean in the Saskatchewan context, I’m glad to hear that additional funding is on the table. I look forward to engaging with those in the health sector to ensure that these new funds flow directly to fixing our healthcare system and not to Scott Moe’s bottom line.
“Despite the Scott Moe government being the beneficiary of windfall revenues as a result of the unforgivable invasion of Ukraine for almost a year now, we have not yet seen a corresponding investment into the frontlines of healthcare. That’s a problem. We need to get to work rebuilding our health system to ensure that regardless of where you live in Saskatchewan, people can access high-quality, public healthcare when and where they need it.”