Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leads Canada's premiers to a news conference in Vancouver, B.C. on March. 3, 2016. (Photo: Jonathan Hayward/CP)
Debate heating upAn annual increase of six per cent was built into the last accord, forged in 2004 with then-prime minister Paul Martin. The new rate of increase is set to be applied in April. Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, the current chairman of the Council of the Federation, has urged Trudeau to put off implementing its new spending formula for a year until both sides can reach an agreement. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has tried to shift the conversation away from the health transfer, preferring to talk about how the accord needs to outline shared priorities such as mental health and home care. The federal government needs to recognize the North is unique and different not only in health care but in areas like climate change, McLeod said Friday.
Climate change concerns"In the territories, we see the effects of climate change everyday," he said. McLeod noted warmer temperatures have led to a series of changes, including a shifting tree line, significant impacts on the caribou population and problems with the territory's winter road network.
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