Justin Trudeau to discuss health care with premiers

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Justin Trudeau to discuss health care with premiers

CBC News Posted: Dec 05, 2016 5:35 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016 5:35 PM ET

At a meeting in Vancouver in March, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers agreed to finalize a climate plan this fall. Now, Trudeau has agreed to also discuss health care with them when they meet again on Friday.

At a meeting in Vancouver in March, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers agreed to finalize a climate plan this fall. Now, Trudeau has agreed to also discuss health care with them when they meet again on Friday. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

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CBC News has learned the premiers and territorial leaders will be invited to talk health care at a working dinner hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday night in Ottawa.

The dinner will follow an all-day meeting between the premiers, the prime minister and Indigenous leaders, where the focus will be on finalizing a plan to combat climate change.

News of the working dinner represents a victory of sorts for the premiers, who want more money for health care from the federal government as they deal with the demands of an aging population.

The premiers sent a letter to Trudeau in September, asking him for a commitment to meet on health care before the climate meeting — or to put off changes to the federal government’s annual health transfer to provinces for another year.

In a reply to the provinces, Trudeau remained non-committal.

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