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