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CBC Radio's The House: Haggling over health care

On this week’s show: Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey talks about the premiers’ calls for additional health-care spending and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc gives Ottawa’s perspective. Plus — two digital policy experts discuss whether the Rogers outage might shake up the industry in Canada, and our summer series travels to B.C. to meet NDP MP Bonita Zarrillo.

Here is what's on this week's episode of The House

Canadian premiers answer questions from the media on the final day of their summer meeting in Victoria on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Premiers have called for more federal health-care spending. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)
On this week’s show: Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey talks about the premiers’ calls for additional health-care spending and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc gives Ottawa’s perspective. Plus — two digital policy experts discuss whether the Rogers outage might shake up the industry in Canada, and our summer series travels to B.C. to meet NDP MP Bonita Zarrillo.

Health-care haggling

It's rare for the 13 leaders of Canada's provinces and territories to agree on any policy proposal. When it comes to demanding additional health-care funding from the federal government, however, they maintain an almost united front. But the federal government — which, during the COVID-19 pandemic, promised a renewed dialogue on the issue — is pushing back on those requests and questioning the premiers' math.

To sort through what each side wants and what might actually help a health-care system under stress, The House talks with two people on opposite sides of the jurisdictional divide. Andrew Furey, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, joins the program to outline what provincial governments want to see, and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc gives Ottawa's take.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey talks about why premiers are united in calling for more federal health-care funding, then Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc gives Ottawa’s response.

Canada's telecommunications industry under scrutiny

Last week's major outage of the Rogers network has refocused attention on the state of Canadian telecommunications infrastructure — not just its reliability but its accessibility and cost as well.

Digital policy experts Fenwick McKelvey of Concordia University and Vass Bednar of McMaster University join The House to discuss the situation and policy changes that might address it.

Fenwick McKelvey of Concordia University and Vass Bednar of McMaster University join The House to talk about how Canada might revamp its digital infrastructure system in the wake of last week’s Rogers outage.

Backbenchers' backyards

It's summer, and that means MPs are back in their ridings: attending BBQs, talking to their constituents and maybe taking some time off to enjoy the warm weather. This summer, The House will visit MPs in their ridings to hear about their constituencies, what got them into politics and what they hope to achieve in Ottawa.

In the next instalment of this "Backbenchers' backyards" series, we travel to Port Moody–Coquitlam in B.C.'s lower mainland to meet rookie NDP MP Bonita Zarrillo.

In the next installment of the “Backbenchers’ backyards” series, The House travels to Port Moody–Coquitlam, in B.C.’s lower mainland, to meet rookie NDP MP Bonita Zarrillo.

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