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Council of the Federation Website

[ Conseil de la fédération - version française ]
The Council of the Federation comprises Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial Premiers.
Its objectives are to:
* Promote interprovincial-territorial cooperation and closer ties between Premiers, to ultimately strengthen Canada;
* Foster meaningful relations between governments based on respect for the Constitution and recognition of the diversity within the federation;
* Show leadership on issues important to all Canadians.

Established in 2003, the Council enables Premiers to work collaboratively to strengthen the Canadian federation by fostering a constructive relationship among the provinces and territories, and with the federal government.

Premiers are supported by a small Secretariat located in Ottawa.

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Is the Council of the Federation really "a new institution for a new era in
collaborative intergovernmental relations"?

Read the following excerpt from the
About Us page of the Council's original website:
"On December 5, 2003, Canada’s Premiers proudly announced in Charlottetown the creation of the Council of the Federation. It is a new institution for a new era in collaborative intergovernmental relations* . The Council of the Federation was created by Premiers because they believe it is important for provinces and territories to play a leadership role in revitalizing the Canadian federation and building a more constructive and cooperative federal system."
[ About Us:
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/aboutcouncil/aboutcouncil.html ]

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* NOTE (by Gilles): I crack up every time I read the Council's original About Us statement re. "...a new era in collaborative intergovernmental relations". The Council of the Federation was set up by provincial-territorial Premiers *specifically* to exclude federal representation and to gang up on Stephen Harper's evidently uncollaborative federal government, notably on the subject of health care funding in Canada. The "About Us" section of the Council's website has since been updated and the expression "collaborative intergovernmental relations" has been expunged.

Bottom Line:

The Council of the Federation is a private provincial-territorial club.
NO FEDS ALLOWED.


The remainder of this page is organized in reverse chronological order,
with the most recent addition at the top...

Annual summer meeting of Canada's Premiers
ST. JOHN’S, July 17, 2015

Canada’s Premiers engage federal party leaders
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/en/component/content/article/79-root-en/newsroom/2015/460-canada-s-premiers-engage-federal-party-leaders
–Through their collaborative efforts, Premiers are working to improve the lives of Canadians. Recognizing the decision facing Canadians this fall leading up to the federal election, Premiers have written to federal party leaders outlining a number of priorities important to Canadians.

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Reports Released:

Canadian Energy Strategy (PDF - 40 pages)
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/publications/canadian_energy_strategy_eng_fnl.pdf
July 17, 2015

Aboriginal Children in Care (PDF - 55 pages)
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/en/component/phocadownload/category/27-publications-en?download=718:aboriginal-children-in-care
July 17, 2015
Excerpt from the Executive summary:
Aboriginal children are over-represented in child welfare systems across Canada. In August 2014, Canada’s Premiers directed provinces and territories (PTs) to work with Aboriginal communities in their respective jurisdictions to share information on local solutions; and acknowledged the need for governments and Aboriginal communities to work collectively to address this Canada-wide problem. Although Premiers also requested that the federal government be engaged in this work, neither the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, nor the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada responded to invitations to participate.

Premiers released a letter they sent to the federal party leaders (PDF - 11 pages)
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/newsroom-2015/election_letters_communique-final2.pdf
NOTE (by Gilles): This PDF file may be difficult to open on some systems.
Try reloading the page (F5 on your computer keyboard) if you're having problems viewing the PDF file.

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News Releases and Communiqués
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/en/meetings-events/76-2015/438-summer-meeting-july-15-17-2015-st-john-s-newfoundland-and-labrador
- includes links to each of the following releases from and about the July 15 (2015) summer meeting:
* Canada’s Premiers engage federal party leaders
* Implementing an Energy Strategy for Canada
* Premiers support joint action on climate change
* Health Care remains a top priority
* Premiers discuss issues of importance to Canadians
* Whitehorse, Yukon, to host 2016 Summer Meeting of Canada’s Premiers
* Premiers work together to strengthen Canada’s future prosperity
* Improving outcomes for Aboriginal children in care
* Providing services for an aging population
* Premiers affirm commitment to action in response to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report
* Premiers commit to Apprentice Mobility
* Provincial-Territorial Apprentice Mobility Protocol
* Newfoundland and Labrador Hosts Summer Meeting of Canada’s Premiers in St. John’s
* Final Details of 2015 Summer Meeting of Canada’s Premiers in St. John’s from July 15-17, 2015
* Canada’s Premiers to Meet in St. John’s from July 15-17, 2015
Go to the conference home page (the link immediately above) to select any release you wish to read.

Source:
Council of the Federation
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/

Canada’s Premiers to Meet in Ottawa on January 30, 2015
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/en/
January 8, 2015
Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz will chair the 2015 Winter Meeting of Canada’s Premiers on January 30 at the Ottawa Delta City Centre.
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Check the link above for related news releases and communiqués.
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Is the Council of the Federation "a new institution for a new era in
collaborative intergovernmental relations"?

Read the following excerpt from the
About Us page of the Council's original website:
"On December 5, 2003, Canada’s Premiers proudly announced in Charlottetown the creation of the Council of the Federation. It is a new institution for a new era in collaborative intergovernmental relations* . The Council of the Federation was created by Premiers because they believe it is important for provinces and territories to play a leadership role in revitalizing the Canadian federation and building a more constructive and cooperative federal system."

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* NOTE (by Gilles): I crack up every time I read the Council's original About Us statement re. "...a new era in collaborative intergovernmental relations". The Council of the Federation was set up by provincial-territorial Premiers *specifically* to exclude federal representation and to present a (more-or-less) united front when dealing with Stephen Harper's evidently uncollaborative government, notably on the subject of health care funding in Canada. The "About Us" section of the Council's website has since been updated and the expression "collaborative intergovernmental relations" has been expunged.
[ The new About Us page:
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/aboutcouncil/aboutcouncil.html ]

Bottom Line:

The Council of the Federation is a private provincial-territorial club.
NO FEDS ALLOWED.

55th Annual Premiers' Conference
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/en/meetings-events/71-2014/359-summer-meeting-august-26-30-2014-charlottetown-prince-edward-island
Summer Meeting : August 26-30, 2014
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Report:

A Difficult Road Ahead - Canada’s Economic and Fiscal Prospects (PDF - 1MB, 94 pages)
http://goo.gl/543h6d
August 28, 2014
Excerpt from the Preface:
This report considers three spending scenarios --- the Status Quo scenario, the Low Health scenario, and the What's Possible scenario --- in an effort to gain insights into the challenges the provincial and territorial governments will experience in trying to balance their budgets in the face of an aging population.

News Releases and Communiqués (small PDF files):

Collaboration on health care achieves results for Canadians
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/newsroom_2014/hciwg_news_release-final.pdf
August 28, 2014

Supporting infrastructure for job creation and economic growth
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/newsroom_2014/cof_infrastructure_news_release-final.pdf
August 28, 2014

Premiers’ Task Force to support Chair’s Initiative on Aging
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/newsroom_2014/news_release_aging_aug28-final.pdf
August 28, 2014

Report confirms fiscal disparity
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/newsroom_2014/news_release_conference_board_report_aug28.pdf
August 28, 2014

Prince Edward Island Hosts 55th Annual Premiers’ Conference
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/newsroom_2014/pe_2014-news_release_re_agenda-final.pdf
August 26, 2014

Click the main conference link above to access four earlier (pre-conference) releases.

Source:
Council of the Federation
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca

Premier Wynne to Host Infrastructure Summit with
Experts from Across Canada in Toronto on August 6
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/en/latest-news/74-2014/376-premier-wynne-to-host-infrastructure-summit-with-experts-from-across-canada-in-toronto-on-august-6


An Infrastructure Working Group formed by Canada’s Premiers and led by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will convene a summit in Toronto on August 6. The summit will focus on exploring opportunities to build up Canada’s public infrastructure and drive economic growth.
Along with Premier Wynne, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for infrastructure and economic development are examining the importance of public infrastructure to Canada’s economy and are seeking input from leading industry, government and NGO experts on infrastructure.

Source:
Council of the Federation
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/
The Council of the Federation comprises Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial Premiers.
The Council of the Federation’s objectives are to:
*
Promote interprovincial-territorial cooperation and closer ties between members of the Council, to ultimately strengthen Canada;
* Foster meaningful relations between governments based on respect for the Constitution and recognition of the diversity within the federation;
* Show leadership on issues important to all Canadians.

Canada’s Premiers Achieve Improvements in the Renewal of Funding for Skills Training
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/en/latest-news/74-2014/362-canada-s-premiers-achieve-improvements-in-the-renewal-of-funding-for-skills-training
TORONTO, February 28, 2014 - Premiers are committed to creating good jobs and driving economic growth through a skilled and productive workforce, and providing Canadians support to contribute to Canada’s economic prosperity. By working together, Canada’s Premiers have achieved a modest number of changes to the federal government’s proposed Canada Job Grant* - changes which minimize the negative impact of the initial federal proposal. Although Premiers still share important concerns about the design of the Canada Job Grant, they are prepared to move ahead with implementation discussions on the basis of the compromise which has been worked out.
(...)

* Québec has already indicated that it intends to opt out of the Canada Job Grant initiative with full compensation.

Source:
Council of the Federation

http://www.councilofthefederation.ca

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Related links:

Canada Job Grant
http://actionplan.gc.ca/en/initiative/canada-job-grant

Canada's Economic Action Plan
http://actionplan.gc.ca/

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Ottawa, provinces reach deal on Canada Job Grant
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-reaches-agreement-in-principle-on-job-grant-with-provinces-except-quebec/article17160343/
By Bill Curry
The Globe and Mail
February 28, 2014

After some last minute arm-twisting with Nova Scotia, federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney has secured a deal with all provinces and territories except Quebec to launch a Canada Job Grant.
More detailed talks with each province are still to come, but the stage is set for Canadians to access training grants of up to $15,000 later this year to help land a new or better job.

Source:
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Canada’s Premiers Focused on Growing the Economy and Creating Jobs
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/en/latest-news/13-2013/356-canada-s-premiers-focused-on-growing-the-economy-and-creating-jobs
News Release + backgrounder
TORONTO, November 15, 2013
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NOTE : Click the link above for the HTML version of this release / backgrounder; click "Next" at the bottom of each page to see the whole thing.
Or download the PDF version of the release and backgrounder [ http://goo.gl/hj0I8C ] in one 250K file. (Recommended)
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Canada’s Premiers met today to continue their focus on jobs and the economy. In order to grow the economy, Premiers are united in their commitment to provide skills training to all Canadians who want to participate in the workforce. They support evidence based programming that has been proven to help Canadians. Consultations led by Premiers Clark and Alward confirmed that the proposed Canada Job Grant will not work for employers or the most vulnerable Canadians. As proposed, the Canada Job Grant would focus training funds on those that already have jobs, and leave unemployed Canadians behind.
(...)
Premiers are unified in their position that provinces and territories must retain the right to opt out with full compensation of any federally funded agreements or initiatives such as the proposed Canada Job Grant program.

Source:
Council of the Federation
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/en/
Established in 2003, the Council enables Premiers to work collaboratively to strengthen the Canadian federation by fostering a constructive relationship among the provinces and territories, and with the federal government.

Related links:

Premiers seek 'explicit alternatives' to federal job grant plan
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/premiers-seek-explicit-alternatives-to-federal-job-grant-plan-1.2427182
Alberta Premier Alison Redford warns there is 'too much uncertainty' around foreign investment rules
By Susana Mas, CBC News
November 15, 2013

Ottawa digging in for Canada Job Grant fight with premiers
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-digging-in-for-canada-job-grant-fight-with-premiers-1.2427209
Kenney says the provinces should 'tweak' their programs to accomodate Ottawa's new plan
By Chris Hall, CBC News
November 15, 2013

Pensions, Canada Job Grant headline agenda for premiers’ meeting
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2013/11/15/pensions-canada-job-grant-headline-agenda-for-premiers-meeting/
By Maria Babbage, iPolitics
November 15, 2013

Premiers talk jobs, dangerous goods, foreign investment
http://o.canada.com/news/national/premiers-talk-jobs-dangerous-goods-foreign-investment/
By Mike De Souza, Canada.com
November 15, 2013
TORONTO — Canada’s premiers urged the federal government to start using evidence in support of policies to create jobs, throwing new criticism at a proposed national plan that they fear will not work.

Premiers are Committed to Effective Skills Training and Labour Market Programs (small PDF file, 1 page)
http://councilofthefederation.ca/pdfs/Communique_Jun18_Labour_Market.pdf
June 18, 2013
Premiers recognize that a skilled and productive workforce is critical to creating good jobs and driving economic growth. This is why provinces and territories design, deliver, and report publicly on training programs that reflect local labour market needs. These programs, including some funded in part by the federal government, achieve measurable outcomes and help a wide variety of workers get the essential training they need to find jobs. In its 2013 Budget, the federal government announced its intention to change the way it contributes to training programs in Canada. Premiers welcome a greater role for private sector job creators, but the proposed changes would take funding from programs that help the most vulnerable people who need additional supports to find jobs.
(...)
While skills training is provincial and territorial jurisdiction, all orders of government contribute to workforce development. To ensure the continued effectiveness of skills training and labour market programs, federal funding for skills training and labour market programs must be adequate, equitable, long-term, predictable and not mandate cost matching. [Bolding added]

Source:
Council of the Federation
http://councilofthefederation.ca/
On December 5, 2003, Canada’s Premiers proudly announced in Charlottetown the creation of the Council of the Federation. It is a new institution for a new era in collaborative intergovernmental relations. The Council of the Federation was created by Premiers because they believe it is important for provinces and territories to play a leadership role in revitalizing the Canadian federation and building a more constructive and cooperative federal system.
government funding and is not affiliated with any political party.

Premiers meet in Halifax, but will they talk about poverty?
http://dignityforall.ca/en/premiers-meet-halifax-will-they-talk-about-poverty
By Megan Yarema
July 25, 2012
Today is the first day of the annual meeting of the Council of the Federation - a group comprised of the 13 premiers from all provinces and territories. From July 25-27 premiers have gathered in Halifax to discuss important issues such as healthcare, the environment, and a pan-Canadian energy strategy. But is there room for poverty on the agenda? We hope so.
The Dignity for All campaign has written two letters to provincial leaders (see the links below) inquiring about the effects that changes to Old Age Security and Employment Insurance will have on regional economies, and where a federal poverty plan fits in. Two campaign members, Campaign 2000 and Canada Without Poverty, have recently added their voices to the conversation in published online articles looking at poverty and healthcare, and Employment Insurance in the Atlantic provinces. Both pieces note the role that each service plays in alleviating poverty.

Source:
Dignity for All
http://dignityforall.ca/
Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada was founded by Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice in 2009.

Canada Without Poverty
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/

Citizens for Public Justice
http://www.cpj.ca/

Letter #1:

Letter to Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter : Canada needs a poverty plan
http://www.dignityforall.ca/en/letter-ns-premier-darrell-dexter-canada-needs-poverty-plan
By Simon Lewchuk
July 19, 2012
On July 25-27, the Council of the Federation (the council of the premiers of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories) will hold their semi-annual meeting in Halifax, NS.
In advance of the gathering, Dignity for All has sent a letter to the Council's incoming-Chair, NS Premier Darrell Dexter, urging him to put poverty on the agenda. The letter highlights the negative impact of unilateral federal decisions, namely the recent Employment Insurance reforms, on provincial interests & residents' socio-economic well-being and calls for a national, multilateral poverty strategy.
[ Link to the letter (PDF - 232K, 2 pages):
http://dignityforall.ca/sites/default/files/docs/Dignity-for-All-Council-of-the-Federation-%2819-July-2012%29.pdf

Letter #2:

Campaign 2000's Open letter to Canada’s Premiers:
Remember that Poverty Affects All Canadians
(PDF - 188K, 3 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/resources/letters/OpenLetterToPremiersReCoFmeetingJuly2012.pdf
Annual Council of the Federation Meeting in Halifax, July 25-27, 2012
July 2012
To All of Canada’s Premiers: Remember that Poverty Affects All Canadians
For the Upcoming Annual Council of the Federation Meeting in Halifax, July 25-27, 2012
Dear Premiers:
We are writing to you as members of the Council of the Federation which is meeting this week in Halifax and are urging all of you, Canada’s Premiers, that there are three compelling reasons why you need to work together and deal seriously with poverty and inequality which increasingly touches the lives of all Canadians.
1. Income is a key determinant of a person’s health
2. Canada’s high levels of poverty also jeopardize the country’s fiscal and economic bottom lines over the long term
3. When federal, provincial, territorial and First Nations governments work together they can achieve a great deal to address poverty.

Source:
Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.

Campaign 2000 Partners
http://www.campaign2000.ca/aboutus/partners.html
There are over 120 national, community and provincial partners actively involved in the work of Campaign 2000.

From
Huffington Post Canada:

Why the Atlantic Provinces are Concerned About EI
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/megan-yarema/bill-c-38_b_1695886.html
July 24, 2012
By Megan Yarema (of Canada Without Poverty)
The general buzz of activity on Parliament Hill may be in summer hibernation, but the effects of the last session are reverberating through the provinces. Premiers from all 13 provinces and territories are gathering in Halifax July 25-27 for the annual Council of the Federation meeting and will likely be discussing the impact of the omnibus budget bill C-38. Upcoming legislated changes to federal programs such as Employment Insurance, pose a strain to provincial resources -- a topic of particular concern to the Atlantic Provinces.

Source:
Huffington Post Canada
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca

From
Linda Lalonde (Ottawa):

"I'm sure you're all wondering who is helping the Premiers throughout their debates at the Council of the Federation meetings this week.

These companies (see the list below) are, I am absolutely sure, being totally altruistic in this effort. I know that not a single one of them, from pharmacists and drug companies to energy and insurance providers, would have a single thing to gain by being there and buying some access and influence.

It will be interesting to see the outcomes. I myself am looking to see a united front on the immediate implementation of a pharmacare plan that will allow everyone access to affordable medications plus a plan to control energy costs so ordinary people can afford to pay their heat and electricity bills. I know there will be movement to reduce auto insurance premiums and increase the benefits to meet the needs of people who have had their lives altered by motor vehicle collisions.

Or maybe not ...

Linda."

[ Linda Lalonde is Co-chair of the Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network ]

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The complete list of sponsors:
[ DEAD LINK ]
...includes the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada, Atlantic Lottery, Irving Shipbuilding, the Canadian Electricity Association, Emera (electricity), Canada's National Brewers, Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies, Johnson & Johnson, and a few more...

(As they say in the biz, "Ya gotta dance with da one dat brung ya...")

From the
Toronto Star:

Premiers agree on health-care improvements
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1232088
July 26, 2012
By Robert Benzie
HALIFAX—A new premiers’ accord on bulk-buying of some generic drugs and improving health care was just what the doctor ordered to resuscitate the Council of the Federation meeting. With a high-profile fight between the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia over the Northern Gateway pipeline royalties dominating headlines and chatter in the corridors here, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz prescribed a cure for the rancour.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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- Go to the Council of the Federation Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/council_fed.htm

Counsel for the Council (PDF - 32K, 3 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/973ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
January 2012
The Council of the Federation was created in 2003 to help promote cooperation and closer ties among provinces and territories. While the Council tackles a range of issues, it has focused considerable attention in recent years on health care. Subsequent to its meeting in July 2011, the Council issued a statement on Health Sustainability. Nearly a decade ago, Premiers published an accord that preceded the 10-year Canada Health Transfer agreement with the federal government. Like the current Council of the Federation communiqué, the 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal identified primary care reform and catastrophic drug coverage as major concerns. But another area that figured prominently at the time – home care – has not appeared (at least explicitly) on the Council of the Federation’s statements. There can be no fundamental reform of health care in the absence of improved supports for long-term care, home care and informal caregivers. Community care should figure prominently when the Premiers resume their conversations at their upcoming meeting in Victoria on January 16 and 17, 2012.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org/

New from
the Health Action Lobby (HEAL):

News Release:
The Federal Role in the
Future of Health and Health in Canada
(PDF - 52K, 4 pages)
http://goo.gl/mdssj
January 12, 2012
For Canada to rank among countries with the healthiest populations, we need a broadly shared vision of health and health care, sustained leadership by the federal government, as well as action and accountability on the parts of provincial and territorial governments, health care providers and the public. This is the main conclusion of the report on the role of the federal government in health and health care that was commissioned by the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) – a coalition representing 34 national health organizations. HEAL is releasing the report in advance of this month’s meeting of the Council of the Federation at which Canada’s premiers will discuss the future of health and health care.
[ Version française du Communiqué (format PDF):
http://goo.gl/mCRqz ]

The report:

Functional Federalism and the Future of Medicare in Canada 
-  A Report to the Health Action Lobby (HEAL)
 (PDF - 1.5MB, 138 pages)
By Bill Tholl and Guy Bujold
January 2012
http://goo.gl/KFfXY
This project is a response to concerns about quality, access and the sustainability of Canada’s health and health care systems, an attempt to spark the public discussions needed as the 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal, and 2004 First Ministers’ 10­year Plan to Strengthen Health Care (which we refer to here as “the health accords”) come to an end in the Spring 2014. There are critical discussions to be had and decisions to be made if we are going to make the right choices — especially since how engaged the federal government will be in leading those discussions is uncertain.
[ NOTA : L'étude complète n'est pas disponible en français.]

Executive summary (PDF - 236K, 8 pages)
http://goo.gl/lbWce

[ Version française du Sommaire (format PDF):
http://goo.gl/AqnaC ]

Source:
Health Action Lobby (HEAL)
http://www.healthactionlobby.ca/
The members of the Health Action Lobby are committed to sustaining and enhancing the health of Canadians, and in the continuous improvement of fair, equitable, efficient and effective health services and system(s).

HEAL Publications
http://www.healthactionlobby.ca/en/publications.html

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Council of the Federation
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/
On December 5, 2003, Canada’s Premiers proudly announced in Charlottetown the creation of the Council of the Federation. It is a new institution for a new era in collaborative intergovernmental relations*. The Council of the Federation was created by Premiers because they believe it is important for provinces and territories to play a leadership role in revitalizing the Canadian federation and building a more constructive and cooperative federal system.
[ About Us:
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/aboutcouncil/aboutcouncil.html ]

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* NOTE: I crack up every time I read the Council's About Us statement re. "...a new era in collaborative intergovernmental relations". The Council of the Federation was set up by provincial-territorial Premiers *specifically* to exclude federal representation and to gang up on Stephen Harper's evidently uncollaborative federal government, notably on the subject of health care funding in Canada. The "About Us" section of the Council's website has since been updated and the expression "collaborative intergovernmental relations" has been expunged...
Gilles

It will take a nation to lift a generation out of poverty
Premiers need to put plight of poor children on their sustainability agenda this week
By Laurel Rothman, Phil Fontaine and Vera Pawis Tabobondung
July 16, 2008
We are writing to urge the country's premiers to make poverty reduction central to their discussions in Quebec City this week on environmental and economic sustainability.Canada's ongoing success relies upon a healthy population that can sustain itself and flourish. Our premiers are in a strong position to ensure that all of our young people thrive, not merely survive. The premiers, with their federal counterparts, need to use their individual and collective positions to ensure that no child or family suffers the debilitating effects of poverty.
Source:
The Toronto Star



NOTE: Since October 2004, the Premiers' Council on Canadian Health Awareness link refers visitors to the Council of the Federation website; accordingly, I've deleted the broken links, but left the text in case someone might find it helpful. You can try pasting a title below into your favourite search engine to see if there's a copy of it somewhere.

Premiers' Council on Canadian Health Awareness
"In January 2002, the Premiers of all the Canadian provinces and territories agreed to launch a jointly funded Premiers' Council on Canadian Health Awareness to improve Canadians access to information and enhance public awareness of the challenges of and solutions for the future of health care in each jurisdiction. The Premiers' Council has a mandate, budget and full time staff to gather and disseminate information to Canadians on issues such as health care funding, health services innovation and best practices, human resource planning and management, drug effectiveness and assessment, and statistical comparisons provided by provinces and territories."
- incl. links to : About the PCCHA - Communicating with Canadians - [Health] Funding Facts - Improving Health Care - Working Together - Newsroom

NOTE: The Funding Facts page of this sub-site is where you'll find some of specific provincial-territorial views on how much the federal government is contributing (16% of the total cost), and how much it should be contributing ("a fair share"), towards the cost of insured health care in Canada.

Premiers Launch New Public Awareness Campaign on Health Care Funding
OTTAWA, March 8, 2004 - Premiers of all 13 provinces and territories launched a national advertising campaign today to inform Canadians about health care challenges and the need for increased federal funding for health care.
Source:
Premiers' Council on Canadian Health Awareness

A new study confirms the existence of fiscal imbalance (PDF file - 9K, 1 page)
Press Release
"Ottawa, March 8, 2004 — The Treasurer of Prince Edward Island, Mr. Mitch Murphy, the Québec Finance Minister, Mr. Yves Séguin, the Manitoba Finance Minister, Mr. Greg Selinger and the New Brunswick Finance Minister, Mr. Jeannot Volpé, on behalf of all Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Finance, released today a new study of the Conference Board of Canada that confirms the existence of fiscal imbalance in Canada. The study clearly underlines the fact that widening fiscal prospects between Federal and Provincial-Territorial governments will dampen Provinces’ and Territories’ efforts to balance their budgets now and moving forward."

Complete report:

Update February 2004:
Fiscal Prospects for the Federal and Provincial/Territorial Governments
(PDF file - 526K, 61 pages)
"In December 2003, the provinces and territories asked The Conference Board of Canada to update the July 2002 study, Fiscal Prospects for the Federal and Provincial/Territorial Governments [see the link below]. The purpose of this study is to project the federal Public Accounts and the aggregate provincial/territorial government Public Accounts over the long term, with a particular emphasis on determining the impact of demographic changes on the cost of public health care and education spending to 2019/20. The results are presented in the tables included in this updated study."

Related Links:

Vertical Fiscal Imbalance:
Fiscal Prospects for the Federal and Provincial/Territorial Governments
(PDF file - 292K, 57 pages)
July 2002

Investing in Canada's Health Care System (from the 2003 Federal Budget)

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Medicare costs called unsustainable
Health-care spending growing 25-per-cent faster than the economy at large, report says
By Rod Mickleburgh
March 10, 2004
"Canada is the world's third-highest per capita spender on health care. Yet for all that money, Canadians lag behind other countries in many vital health indicators, according to a comprehensive report by the Conference Board of Canada."
Source:
The Globe and Mail



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