Canada's prime minister has recently gone on the offensive in an effort to spin Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole's stance on the country's universal healthcare system and private healthcare, despite having himself given hundreds of millions of dollars to a former Liberal MP who owns a private commercialized medical company.
Last year, it was discovered that Montreal-based Baylis Medical Company Inc., owned by former Quebec Liberal MP Frank Baylis, was awarded a federal contract totalling $237 million to purchase 10,000 ventilators despite the machines having never been "approved in any jurisdiction to date."
In total, the Trudeau government spent as much as $100,000,000 more than needed, as prices for Baylis' unapproved ventilators tower those of approved competitor Medtronic, reports Journal de Quebec.
While the Trudeau Liberals pick favourites in private medicine, they continue to condemn O'Toole's stance, which would increase the amount of Canada Health Transfer (CHT) dollars sent.
The Conservative platform released last week showed O'Toole was prepared to allocate more CHT each year compared to the Liberals. He pledged to bolster the annual growth rate of CHT to at least six percent from its current rate that is tied to yearly economic growth with a floor of three percent.
"Under the last Conservative government, federal transfers to the provinces grew at six percent per year," reads its platform. "Unfortunately, in 2017, the Trudeau government cut this in half, putting lives at risk."
Moreover, the Trudeau Liberals , should they continue private MRI screenings, a practice that Quebec also takes part in that is generally seen as a way to cut down on wait times in the public system.
"Over the past number of years, every time we make a Canada Health Transfer (CHT) to the provinces, we make adjustments, and we have. There are penalties for private delivery of services that we have brought in… a number of different cases," said Trudeau.