Erin O’Toole is not saying whether he will reject the prescription drug cost agreement that Ottawa signed with Prince Edward Island earlier this summer.
During a campaign stop in Fredericton on Saturday, the Conservative leader did not pledge to continue the program, which is designed to help Islanders pay for their drugs.
“I hope to have a call someday with [Premier Dennis King]”O’Toole said.” I have always enjoyed my interactions with him and this will be my approach. “
Ottawa has agreed to give Prince Edward Island $ 35 million over the next four years so it can add new drugs to those it already covers, as well as reduce out-of-pocket costs.
On the health record, O’Toole promises to increase the annual growth in federal health transfers to the provinces from three to six percent, a commitment of $ 60 billion over 10 years.
“This historic investment that we are making to secure our health care system is exactly what the Premiers want: a predictable and stable increase in funding and a federal partner who will be there for our health care system,” he said.
Invest in tourism, ports
After his stopover in Fredericton, O’Toole moved to Charlottetown where he touted the economic benefits of his platform, including proposed measures to help the hospitality and tourism industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will help the tourism and hospitality industries here in Prince Edward Island and across the country by encouraging more Canadians to vacation in Canada,” he told an audience which included the four Conservative candidates vying on the island.
The party promises to offer a 15% tax credit for vacation spending by Canadians traveling to Canada in 2022, up to $ 1,000 per person.
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O’Toole also lamented the state of small craft harbors in the province, saying a Conservative government would double the annual funding these harbors receive from Ottawa.
O’Toole is the second major party leader to campaign on the island since the election was called. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau halted his election campaign in Prince Edward Island last weekend. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was on the island in the days leading up to the election call.
Canadians will go to the polls on September 20.