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campaign, and has promised to focus on home care and a national prescription drug policy to get their costs "under control" if elected government.
"This government has consistently increased transfers to the provinces for health and education at record levels. We will continue to do so," Harper said. "That's our plan and the other guys the Liberals did exactly the opposite. The record is there. They cut health care and education to the provinces."
A day earlier, and again Friday, the Conservatives also pledged their support for Canada's public health care system, saying a Conservative government will not cut health care transfers to the provinces and will stay the course with the 6% escalating payments.
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And both Layton and Prime Minister Stephen Harper blasted the Liberals' record on health care payments in the past.
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care cuts in the 1990s, saying they can't be trusted with the country's public health care system.
In his open letter to Canadians Friday about health care, a move designed to pre empt the Tory platform launch, Ignatieff touted the Liberal Party as the one that made public healthcare a reality under former Liberal prime minister Lester B. Pearson. Ignatieff also credited Martins Health Accord as "historic levels" of federal investment in the system, "which the Harper government loudly takes credit for at every opportunity."
"I think people have seen Liberals in power before," he said. "When have the largest cuts to health care and education funding happened in Canadian history? Under the Converse Shoes Black And White
In 2004, as prime minister, Martin negotiated the Health Accord with the provinces, which committed funding " to grow annually at 6% for 10 years.
The Liberals, Tories and NDP all committed Friday to maintain the current 6% compounding increases set out in the 2004 Health Accord. And while the Liberals officially promised to keep the payments increasing beyond 2014, when the accord expires, both Conservative and New Democrat party officials confirmed their parties' pledge to do the same beyond the deal's expiry date, too.
The provinces and federal government are set to start negotiating a new health care deal before the current accord expires in 2014.
"What we are saying today is when that Accord runs out in 2014, our government, a Liberal government will commit to maintain the 6% escalator in health investment into the future so that all provinces can have stability as they plan to maintain, extend, improve and renew amazing facilities like this one," Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff told a crowd of about 150 people at a cancer treatment centre in Hamilton Friday.
No matter who wins the federal election, health care transfer payments to the provinces are likely safe from being slashed.
But Ignatieff, who penned an open letter to Canadians about health care Friday, was non committal on how they would pay for the additional costs, saying only there are "billions" in savings to be had by scrapping the F 35 stealth fighter jet purchase and reviewing the Conservative government's crime and prison building agenda.
The 6% increase every year amounts to about $2 billion extra in health care payments to the provinces each year. At 6% growth, the federal payments to the provinces collectively for health care will hit $36 billion by 2016.
The NDP did the same later Friday.
At least they are if election promises are to be believed.
In the 1990s, former prime minister Jean Chretien and then finance minister Paul Martin slashed health transfers to the provinces to balance the books.
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