Conservative Health Transfers
During the federal election, I noted in a Toronto Star op-ed that the federal Conservative platform entails significant fiscal costs for provincial governments. I accepted the Conservativesâ€™ promise to continue the 6% escalator for the Canada Health Transfer, but worried that they might cut other transfers of similar value.
Today, the Finance Minister unveiled plans to discontinue the Canada Health Transferâ€™s 6% escalator (via a press release entitled, â€œHarper Government Announces Major New Investment in Health Careâ€). So, I was right to flag fiscal federalism as an area of concern under another Conservative government, but I underestimated the directness of the threat.