Premiers forge own health-care path

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

26 July 2009
We run the health-care system,” said Mr. Ghiz, adding that the “only thing” the federal government does is “provide a cheque for about 20 per cent of the costs.”… Late last year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper granted provinces more autonomy to reshape health care as Ottawa moves to end 50 years of using its funding power to coerce provinces to adopt national standards. Mr. Harper essentially asked provinces, with some federal guidance, to do as they see fit in their own jurisdictions while inviting them to co-operate in establishing national benchmarks for delivering health services.

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Brad Wall prescribes collaborative federalism to improve health care

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Jan. 13, 2012
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is planning to push his provincial colleagues to band together and ask Ottawa for a health care innovation fund that would provide extra money for projects to improve patient care… he believes the federal government has left the door open to doing more on health care than it is currently offering… the Harper government’s “unilateral declaration” did not foster good will, but he and his officials are not dwelling on that. He said an innovation fund could also help the provinces set up electronic health records.

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Prime Minister reshaping the way Canada is governed

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Dec. 23, 2011
Tom Flanagan… sees Mr. Harper moving away from “executive federalism” – constant negotiations with the provinces – to a “more classical view” of federalism, in which constitutional jurisdictions are respected… [He is] not one for first ministers’ meetings and long, protracted negotiations… adamant that the provinces not be the ones deciding how much the federal government should spend… [or] try to impose standards or make provinces accountable for the funding… The provinces have expertise and operational responsibility for health and the federal government is nothing but a financial partner…

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Health-care talks aren’t just about money, Saskatchewan Premier says

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Dec. 13, 2011
Mr. Wall… doesn’t want to make upcoming negotiations all about money, percentages and escalator clauses. Rather, the Premier believes Canadians want the provinces to have a “discussion around results and better health care.” … his province is successfully using private clinics to help reduce wait times for certain surgeries. They operate under the Canada Health Act but allow patients to have certain day surgeries outside of a hospital… Given the choice between timely surgery and having to wait, Mr. Wall said, people will choose surgery over ideology.

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McGuinty shows off his poetry chops at mental health event

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

September 23, 2011
Mr. McGuinty focused his remarks on youth, noting that 70 per cent of mental issues begin in childhood. His party is pledging $257-million over next three years to help Ontario children and youth, he said. The money is aimed at providing faster access to services, put mental health workers in schools, allow for video counselling for rural children and help for aboriginal kids… The expansion will house inpatient beds for schizophrenia, a community support and research and clinical programs.

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Retirees wary of Tory census move

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

July 26, 2010
Canada’s seniors, who can be counted on to vote and tend to vote Conservative, are angry over the government’s decision to scrap the mandatory census long form, according to a new poll suggesting Stephen Harper could be punished in a general election as a result… Ms. Eng says the poll tells her the government should be listening to retirees, which is make up a solid core of its core voters. Indeed, 77 per cent of respondents say the government should reverse its decision.

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Budget officer sounds fiscal alarm on Tory sentencing law

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

June 22, 2010
… the Harper government’s Truth in Sentencing Act will cost federal and provincial governments an additional $8-billion by 2016. That’s the total cost of constructing new prison facilities on account of the act. The federal cost is projected to be about $1.8-billion, while the provinvial cost is roughly $6.2-billion. The new law, passed in February, will keep offenders in jail longer, taking away a judge’s discretion to compensate an individual for pre-sentence time spent in detention.

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Two MPs push Liberals to go positive for a change [diagnostic imaging for people with MS]

Monday, May 10th, 2010

May 7, 2010
…push the federal government to provide $10-million to help research the new hypothesis that MS is not an auto-immune disease but a condition caused by “chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency” (CCSVI), which is a narrowing of veins that prevents the blood from draining from the brain efficiently. They also want people with MS to have access to diagnostic imaging for possible blocked veins; now, many of them would have to go to the United States and pay thousands of dollars to be evaluated.

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In search of the recovery

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

March 31, 2010
…Jim Stanford, the Canadian Auto Workers economist, is using videotape and his acting skills to make his point that there is no economic recovery. For just under $10,000, Mr. Stanford shot a video last December (the editing was just finished and it’s been posted to YouTube) called “The Curious Case of the Missing Recovery.”

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Liberal MP wants to bring transparency to charity

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

March 16, 2010
Albina Guarnieri wants the sacrifice and generosity of Canadians rewarded with transparency. So the Liberal MP for Mississauga East–Cooksville has crafted a private member’s bill requiring that the five highest-paid employees of registered Canadian charities publicly disclose their salaries. In that way, Canadians can make more of an informed decision as to where they want their donations to go and how they will be spent.

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