Tories fight feds over mil­i­tary health costs

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

Markham, Ont. — Lib­eral Leader Justin Trudeau promised Wed­nes­day that mil­i­tary per­son­nel will not suf­fer as a re­sult of a bat­tle over money that is play­ing out be­tween the fed­eral govern­ment and the prov­inces, which has al­ready elicited strong words from On­tario, al­berta and Man­i­toba. speak­ing at a cam­paign event in the Toron­toarea riding of Markham-unionville on Wed­nes­day, Trudeau char­ac­ter­ized the ques­tion as one of “fairness” even as he blasted con­ser­va­tive politi­cians for try­ing to score points on the is­sue.

“The re­al­ity is what we are look­ing at will not cut any ser­vices to any mil­i­tary mem­bers nor will it neg­a­tively im­pact hos­pi­tals or ser­vice providers,” said Trudeau.

The bat­tle is over pay­ments to civil­ian hos­pi­tals and other health-care providers when they treat ser­vice mem­bers.

The con­ser­va­tives have latched onto the is­sue as an ex­am­ple of the Trudeau Lib­er­als’ let­ting down both troops and vet­er­ans.

Man­i­toba health Min­is­ter cameron Friesen, a Pro­gres­sive con­ser­va­tive, took the fed­eral govern­ment and de­fence depart­ment to task for im­pos­ing a change that he said could cost the prov­ince as much as $1 mil­lion.

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