Mr. Speaker, to suggest that the government turned its back on the challenge of health care reform is nothing short of outrageous. The hon. member forgets that in September 2000 an accord was signed by first ministers, in which the federal government agreed to put $21.1 billion new dollars into the health care system.
The Prime Minister and I have also made it plain that next week at the first ministers meeting the federal government will be putting additional new funds into health care. We are very aware of the challenges that the provinces, territories and Canadians face in ensuring we have a high quality health care system, and we will be there to do our fair share.