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11/07/2015 09:00 EST | Updated 11/07/2016 00:12 EST

New health minister plans to engage with provinces, territories next week

OTTAWA — Canada's new health minister Jane Philpott says she plans to talk with her provincial and territorial counterparts as soon as next week as the Liberals set the wheels in motion for establishing a new health accord.

In an interview, Philpott says the government says the agreement is a high priority because executing many other aspects of the Grit electoral platform will depend on developing a strong relationship with the provinces and territories.

The 54-year-old physician says she also plans to attend a health ministers meeting scheduled for January.

In the coming months, the Liberals will try to usher in a new era of federal-provincial relations, especially on the health file.

The party was very critical of the previous Conservative government for allowing Canada's health accord expire.

Philpott also faces other big legislative issues in her portfolio including helping with the government's response to the Supreme Court's decision on doctor-assisted death and following through on the Liberal pledge to legalize marijuana.

The Canadian Press