SURREY, BC – A Liberal government will modernize health care, and make a real and immediate investment in home care for Canadians, said the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today.
“As Canadians, we believe fundamentally that everyone deserves access to timely, publicly-funded, quality, universal health care – regardless of their background, physical need, where they live, or how much they make. This is about more than just caring for one another. It’s also about making our economy better. The reality is that universal health care is the bedrock of middle class economic security,” said Mr. Trudeau. “If we are to meet the challenges facing our middle class and an aging population – and ensure a sustainable health care system – we need a federal government that will prioritize and invest in home care. Liberals are committed to innovation and partnering with provinces and territories to create a modern, efficient system of universal health care.”
A Liberal government will re-engage on Canadian health care and negotiate a new Health Accord with provinces and territories, including a new, long-term agreement on funding. This will include:
- An immediate investment of $3 billion over the next four years to prioritize additional and improved home care services for all Canadians;
- Improving access and reducing the cost of prescription medications;
- Pan-Canadian collaboration on health innovation; and
- Increasing the availability of high-quality mental health services.
“For ten years, Stephen Harper has failed to engage in the critical conversation we need to have about where our health care system is going, and how we’ll make sure it continues to provide the best possible service to Canadians. Thomas Mulcair will say whatever is politically convenient, and he has already broken his promise on health care,” said Mr. Trudeau. “Liberals have a real plan to make investments now, so that we can ensure the strength and sustainability of our health care system for our kids and our grandkids.”
Backgrounder – Real Change: Investing in health and home care