Premiers Will Accept Federal Health Deal: Stefanson

OTTAWA — Canada’s premiers plan to accept a deal proposed by the federal government to increase health care spending, according to the chair of the Council of the Federation.

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson told the CBC on Monday night that the premiers have accepted this for now and will “move on to the bilateral agreements.”

“[We] recognize this is not a long-term solution to the health care funding that is needed within our country,” she said in the interview.

Ottawa’s proposed 10-year health funding deal amounts to $196 billion in health spending, of which $46.2 billion would be new. Each province and territory will sign individual agreements soon.

New Brunswick’s cut will be about $1.2 billion more in federal health transfers over the next decade.

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