McGuinty government looks forward to co-operation among finance ministers to bring better health care results

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McGuinty government looks forward to co-operation among finance ministers to bring better health care results

Ministry of Finance

OTTAWA, Feb. 19 - As the country's finance ministers gather in Ottawa today and tomorrow, Ontario will be working with its counterparts to ensure more sustainable health care funding, Finance Minister Greg Sorbara says. "The $2-billion top-up that the federal government has committed to sharing with provinces and territories for health care is good news," Sorbara said. "We believe the federal government should build this into the CHST base formula. That additional support must, together with all our other resources devoted to health care, deliver the results that Ontarians want. Provincial and territorial finance ministers are meeting today, and will be joined Friday by federal Finance Minister Ralph Goodale. The agenda includes equalization; health care; the state of Canada's economy; and Ottawa's $2-billion top-up of the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST). Ontario will also talk about the need for Canada's financial markets to function better through a single securities regulator. "I am looking forward to a constructive dialogue in this, my first meeting with most of my colleagues from across the country," Sorbara said. "Together, I think we can bring about an end to the sort of bickering that has marked federal-provincial relations in the recent past. That's what Ontarians have told us they want, and we're determined to do our part." "I know that all of my colleagues share a common concern about the state of health care in this country. Co-operation is the best way to ensure health-care results that meet the needs of patients and the system as a whole." Disponible en fran├žais For more information visit www.gov.on.ca/finFor further information: Diane Flanagan, Minister's Office, (416) 212-0634; Boni Fox Gray, Ministry of Finance, (416) 212-2155