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Mythbusting with Bryan

Tuesday, April 01, 2014   by: Staff



Unfortunately, there have been a lot of rumors and misinformation spread about federal health transfers by those with a political motive to confuse the facts.

As the Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, I would like to take this opportunity to correct a statement made in yesterday's article Health-care Workers Tell the Government How They Feel, specific to $641 million being taken away by the federal government in transfer payments to Ontario. 

That statement is misleading. 

To set the record straight, $641 million was provided as a Temporary Transfer Protection Program to help the provinces with the economic impact of the recession.

It ensured that total transfers to a province would not decrease from the year before. 

Ontario knew this program was temporary.

Our Government is committed to a publicly funded, universally accessible health care system founded on the principles of the Canada Health Act.

In 2011, our Government announced a major new investment in health care, and committed to continued growth in health transfers to the provinces and territories.  

Our plan has provided record growth to all provinces, including Ontario, and these transfers will continue to grow by 6 percent every year for the next three years - not 3 percent as reported in yesterday's article.

These record transfers are providing long-term, stable funding so that our health care system is there when Canadians need it.

To ensure health funding for the provinces continues to grow in a sustainable way, transfers will grow in line with the economy starting in 2017 and are guaranteed to increase by at least 3 percent.  

In 2014-15, our Government will provide Ontario with $12.33 billion through the Canada Health Transfer – an all-time high.

Not only that, but this is more than $4.6 billion (a 60 percent increase) than under the previous Liberal government.

Our Government is working with all the provinces and territories to ensure the healthcare system is sustainable and delivering the care that Canadians need.

In addition to transfers being at an all-time high, we are also funding nearly 13,000 health researchers across Canada, and investing roughly $1 billion every year for health research.

Unlike the previous Liberal Government which gutted healthcare funding, we have increased healthcare funding to historic levels.

Through record transfers and significant investments in research and innovation, we are supporting all provinces and territories in delivering the quality of care that Canadians expect.


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Beej 4/1/2014 2:23:41 PM Report

Bye bye, Bryan, you are dead weight.
scottstewy123 4/1/2014 2:38:07 PM Report

NO Bryan is quite right. Its our Ontario libtard government that's is deceiving us. Good job Bryan. There are more for you then against you Bryan.
KFM 4/1/2014 2:38:14 PM Report

Did I get it right Mr harper? Did I? I said it just like you told me too! We all know Brian isn't aload to think for himself!
Truck 4/1/2014 2:41:57 PM Report

@ Scotty!

jowo60 4/1/2014 2:45:08 PM Report

Ironic, On APRIL FOOLZ Day.
GoHoundsGo 4/1/2014 2:48:53 PM Report

I'm sorry Sir but you and the Conservatives are on the way out. Recent cuts to CCAC have only reaffirmed my oppinion. Cutting funds to that program hit close to home for me recently. My mother who lives with my wife and I, greatly relied on the respid programs and shower/ bathing care.
Why would funding for a program be cut when its proven that keeping a loved one at home saves 10's of thousands of dollars as compared to putting them in a home or hospital bed.
I know costs need to be cut and savings need to be found, but I bet I can name you 10 programs or 10 ways to cut spending without hurting a single person who NEEDS it. The key word there was need...not those only wanting more when they already have more then most Canadians. That wasn't a slam on the rich, but really do they need more? What about gold plated retirements for MP's and Senators? What about limiting travel and the expenses that go with it, what about tax payer paid advertising that Canadas politcal parties enjoy. ect ect ect.
itsme29 4/1/2014 3:11:54 PM Report

who voted for that dork...
notpc 4/1/2014 3:15:15 PM Report

Those who are critical of Bryan's response to allegations of cutting are not challenging him with facts concerning the money spent. For the most part they seem to be saying, "we don't care what you say or what facts you present. We just want you out". That thinking doesn't address any of the realities.

In addition, the criticism about CCAC funding being reduced or inadequate, although it is a shame, it is not really relevant to the Federal government. Home care is not included under the Canada Health Act. It is purely a provincial responsibility, without federal involvement. So if one wants to lay blame, it would be more accurate to blame the Ontario government, not the federal one. One could say that federal funding affects CCAC funding but that would be incorrect. Federal funding is by law meant to be applied to health care mandated by the Canada Health Act, not other provincial initiatives, as worthy as they may be.
Truck 4/1/2014 3:28:26 PM Report

@ NOTPC.....
take a look in the view room most days. lack of "facts" and the mantra "we want you out no matter what you say" should be familiar to most who identify with the PC party.
Me Myself an I 4/1/2014 3:42:55 PM Report

MYTH: Bryan represents the people of Sault Ste. Marie
B Boy 4/1/2014 3:58:20 PM Report

@Me Myself an I: For that argument, I'd like you to show me one party that truly does care about Sault Ste. Marie and not just votes.

Truth is, even if we have an MP/MPP who does care, that doesn't mean that they will vote for things in favour of SSM.

The NDP for example, must vote with the party line. If you recall, Tony Martin voted in favour of the long gun registry even though the majority of SSM was against it.

The liberals & PC/Cons are a blend - they sometimes are told they have to vote with the party and other times are free to vote.

The waters are most definitely not clear, and the parties seek to keep it that way.

I get a little riled up when we go months and months with no word from parties until they try and unload a ton of nonsense on us.
Just Curious 4/1/2014 4:41:35 PM Report

Lyin' Bryan.......
ducky58 4/1/2014 5:11:02 PM Report

That's right people just grab the lube and your ankles and bend over were getting screwed again. Hope their supporters enjoyed the ride because I know a lot of us that aren't. Just saying.
Bad Dawg 4/1/2014 5:28:28 PM Report

All politicians are CROOKS..... it is a prerequisite!!
Gurpy 4/1/2014 5:34:52 PM Report

I do not believe a word any of them utter wether they are federal or provincial! This is our government? We rely upon these people to do what is right? No thank you!
palace 4/1/2014 8:37:10 PM Report

Understood Bryan...but what about the ACR...have you forgot about this...with all the money (our tax money) your government is giving to other parts of the it not time to look after our about our Vets?
Mr. Poster 4/1/2014 11:45:58 PM Report

Will he have the nerve to run again? Hopefully NO.
fishing 4/2/2014 7:27:24 AM Report

so love to read the uneducated stupid red neck comments on you people really believe the NDP would run our country better,we would be bankrupt.
you should have to sign your name on here,might stop the insults.grow up get a job and support our country,and if you think you are so much better run for the job,see how well you take our country out of a recession.
i dont personally care for Mr. Harper but i am sure they were the best party to take us through the financial crisis that we are climbing out of.Canada faired much better than our neighbors.
have a great day :)
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