Quebec reacts to the Freeland budget

A few hours after the tabling of Chrystia Freeland’s budget, the Quebec Minister of Finance, Eric Girard, issued Thursday evening one of the first reactions of his government through social networks.

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“The budget presented this afternoon takes action in several important files, but we deplore the absence of an increase in health transfers. Our repeated request is clear and the federal government must respond as quickly as possible,” he shared on Twitter.

The Minister responsible for Canadian Relations, Sonia Lebel, added. “However, our demands are clear: More health transfers. Another missed opportunity,” she wrote.

Quebec and the other provinces and territories argue that, in theory, the federal government should reimburse half of provincial health expenditures. However, its participation is currently equivalent to 22% of these expenditures, against 78% for the provinces. An increase in the federal share to 35% is required.

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