Contentious healthcare funding talks

Federal and provincial finance ministers sat down for a working dinner last night…and most of the talk was about federal healthcare funding.

Bill Morneau has said Ottawa is adamant in cutting the increase in transfer payments to 3% from 6% each year. The provinces and territories say they need more. They’ll talk about it again today with the health ministers joining in this afternoon. The provinces see Morneau’s statements as an ultimatum…a take it or leave it situation…since no negotiations have been held.