Thank you, Madam Chair.
I want to thank the witnesses who made remarks. They were all equally interesting.
My first question is for Mr. Leuprecht.
I carefully read your article entitled “Defining a role for the Canadian Armed Forces and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief” in the August 3rd edition of the Hill Times—I have it here. In that article, you say that there is a problem with the federal government having to provide assistance to the provinces, whose health systems are underfunded.
I would like to hear from you about the federal responsibility for this underfunding. The federal government's share of funding for the health care system is getting smaller and smaller. The impact of this underfunding is particularly acute in times of pandemic. In addition to absorbing the inflationary costs of health care, the provinces must compensate for federal underfunding.
At first, the legislation had federal health transfers at 50%, but now they are 22%. I'd like to hear from you on this.