Tories fight feds over military health costs
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.