Scott Moe talks energy security and health transfer ahead of prime ministers meeting |

The Federation Council will meet in Victoria on July 11-12 to discuss issues related to Canada’s provinces. Prime Minister Scott Moe touched on some of his main points before the meeting.

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Canada’s health transfer is an issue that Moe said is important to all provinces, with premiers calling for a $28 million increase in health transfers, increasing federal funding from 22 percent to 35 percent.

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“As you know, the 13 prime ministers have a unanimous request in front of the federal government that the liberal federal government correct a mistake made by (other) successful governments by underfunding our health transfer.

“So we will have more discussions about exactly how we can further engage with the federal government to ensure that it becomes a full funding partner in provincial and territorial health care services,” Moe added.

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He said another issue that is important to Saskatchewan is energy security, suggesting that they want to reflect what is happening in the food security space, and he is asking the federal government to work with the provinces to market their energy.

“We produce far more food than we actually consume in North America. And we do it through a very integrated system that operates not only at the provincial level and between states, but also north and south of the 49th parallel.”

“We use, for example, tractors that are made in Fargo, North Dakota, combines that are made in East Moline, Illinois. They work closely with pneumatic drills made in Saskatchewan. We use crop protection products from the US brought to the prairie provinces in Canada. And we ship much of our product back to the US for further processing for the North American market, as well as contributing to global food security,” Moe noted.

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Moe also referred to the province pulling funds from the Lighthouse in Saskatoon, noting that his government is looking for alternative service providers in the Saskatoon area.

“The Saskatchewan government has lost faith in the management of the Lighthouse.”

“We will certainly make sure that we can continue to offer very important services to some of the most vulnerable residents in our community.”

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