04/02/2016 17:26 EDT | Updated 04/03/2017 01:12 EDT

Nova Scotia premier asks Trudeau for funding for trouble-plagued hospital

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's premier says he has asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for funding to replace Halifax's trouble-plagued Victoria General hospital.

Stephen McNeil says he spoke with Trudeau about the hospital during a one-on-one meeting Saturday at the provincial Liberal party's annual general meeting in Halifax.

McNeil says he told Trudeau that the hospital is Atlantic Canada's largest cancer treatment facility and a major health-care provider in the region.

Public pressure has been building to replace the aging structure which has been plagued by a series of problems including floods, heating issues and an infestation of bedbugs.

The provincial government set aside $26.5 million for hospital improvements and equipment purchases in its 2016-17 capital budget announced earlier this year, which includes $1.5 million for planning around the relocation of services from the Victoria General.

The Canadian Press