Justin Trudeau slams Doug Ford as he lays out 'down payment' for pharmacare and better health services - 2019-09-23
OTTAWA—Billing himself as the antidote to health cuts by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising to make a $6-billion "down payment" towards a national pharmacare program and improved access to family doctors and mental health services.
Speaking to reporters during a campaign stop in Hamilton Monday, Trudeau said as prime minister he would offer provinces and territories $6 billion to provide better health care in the three areas he marked as Liberal priorities.
At the same time, the Liberal leader repeatedly raised the spectre of a recalcitrant Ford blocking federal progress on improved health care. Mentioning the premier's name upwards of a dozen times, Trudeau criticized the Ontario government for cancelling a short-lived program to cover medications for children and young adults, and suggested Canadians who want better health care should be wary of electing a federal Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer.