Premiers ask for more health funding, express hesitation on pharmacare

Canada's premiers agreed Monday to press the federal government for higher increases to health-care funding, but most expressed hesitation about a national pharmacare program. The premiers also emerged from a meeting in Mississauga, Ont., with a call to Ottawa to strengthen a program that provides a financial top-up to provincial governments suffering economic downturns — a key request of Alberta. The first ministers a consensus on four priority areas of economic competitiveness, the Fiscal Stabilization Program, health-care and infrastructure funding, and northern priorities.