WINNIPEG – Canada’s finance minister was in town on Monday to meet with his provincial counterpart and chat with Winnipeggers at a Stella’s in St. Boniface.
Bill Morneau said he and Cameron Friesen along with Premier Brian Pallister talked about a variety of issues including the Canada Pension Plan and the Canada Child Benefit.
On the issue of Ottawa pumping money into Manitoba, Morneau says federal transfers are an ongoing discussion.
“We talked about the transfers that are happening this year which are the highest in history, $3.5 billion in transfers to Manitoba and that will be a continuing discussion,” Morneau told reporters.
There are three main transfer programs: the Canada Health Transfer, the Canada Social Transfer and Equalization Financing.
In 2016-2017, Manitoba received $1.3 billion for health care, $482 million from the social transfer and $1.7 billion in equalization.
Premier Pallister has said he worries the transfers from the Liberal Government will decrease, but Morneau said that might not be the case.
“The expectation is that they will continue to increase,” Morneau said.
Morneau pointed out that the federal health transfer was legislated to increase and that is apart of their budget, however he did not get into details about what Manitoba can expect to receive next year.
Great meeting with @Min_Friesen in Winnipeg this morning. Together we will build a strong economy that works for Manitobans.— Bill Morneau (@Bill_Morneau) August 15, 2016