First Ministers' Meeting An Opportunity For Stronger Federal-Provincial Partnership
OTTAWA -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty sees today's First Ministers' Meeting between Canada's Premiers and Prime Minister Paul Martin as another opportunity to establish a stronger federal-provincial partnership and strengthen publicly funded services for Canadians.
"I'm looking forward to a constructive meeting with the Prime Minister," McGuinty said. "My goal is to move forward on improving services that matter most to Ontarians, particularly health care. We need increased funding and we need to work together to ensure that funding actually improves front-line care, reduces waiting times and helps keep our people healthy."
The First Ministers' Meeting takes place today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prime Minister's residence at 24 Sussex Drive.
The meeting provides an opportunity for Premiers and the Prime Minister to discuss key federal-provincial-territorial issues. The meeting's agenda includes health care, public health, Canada-United States relations and emergency preparedness.
"Far too many Ontario communities face a shortage of family doctors and Canadians are frustrated by long wait times," McGuinty said. "Along with funding, we need reform to improve access to primary care and greater accountability so we can ensure that increased spending is actually leading to improved outcomes for Canadians."