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Low Down Q&A: Bill C-32, healthcare, reconciliation


L-R: NDP's Denise Giroux; Liberal Sophie Chatel; Conservative Michel Gauthier; Green Party Shaughn McArthur; People's Party's Bruce Gottfred, and Fourth Front's James McNair
L-R: NDP's Denise Giroux; Liberal Sophie Chatel; Conservative Michel Gauthier; Green Party Shaughn McArthur; People's Party's Bruce Gottfred, and Fourth Front's James McNair

The Low Down recently sent five questions to the election candidates concerning the most pressing issues affecting Pontiac and its residents. Here are the answers we received on English Language rights, healthcare, and reconciliation.


The Outaouais is the worst region in Quebec in terms of access to healthcare. If elected will your party increase federal health transfers to Quebec? If so, by what percentage?


Sophie Chatel: Canadians are proud of our public, universal healthcare system. However, we do also recognize its shortcomings. The Liberal party has committed to providing funding to hire a minimum of 7,500 family doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners, investing in the recruitment of a broad range of health professionals to rural and remote regions of the country, and expand virtual healthcare services to make it easier for Canadians to access our healthcare system. Healthcare is top of mind for us and the Liberal party is dedicated to continuing to work closely with the province of Quebec, as we have been over the course of the pandemic. We are open to working in a collaborative fashion to provide adequate funding to essential healthcare services that meet the unique needs of each province, Quebec included.