BC’s Health Minister is not happy to see the united front against Ottawa over health care money dissolve as New Brunswick makes their own deal.
“It’s disappointing that provinces are looking at making bilateral negotiations with the federal government instead of holding out for better resources for health care,” says Terry Lake.
But he says New Brunswick’s move doesn’t mean others aren’t insisting on a better long-term agreement.
“I know Quebec’s position is very firm. I have communicated with Ontario and Manitoba today. They are very firm in standing together to get more resources for Canadians for health care.”
All the feds are offering, Lake says, is a reduction over time.
He describes the negotiations so far as “take it or leave it with a gun to your head.”
Ottawa withdrew the current deal Monday offering individual negotiations instead.
Current legislation would see payments go down from six per cent to three, which Lake calls “unacceptable.”