The Federal Government and Provincial Accountability Term Paper by Master Researcher

The Federal Government and Provincial Accountability
A look at how the Canadian federal government can demand provincial accountability regarding healthcare funding.
# 38846 | 1,650 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US


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Description:

This paper examines provincial accountability and federal health care funding. It assesses the Romanow Report (2002) argument that the federal government can demand national standards and provincial accountability. The paper discusses the costs and benefits of these recommendations, including some history of social transfers and health care funding since the Canada Health Act. The theme that emerges from this analysis is that the federal government has the right, even the responsibility, to require accountability from the provinces, and it is not an infringement on provincial jurisdiction to require accountability from the provinces.

Outline:
Introduction
Canadian Federalism
Romanow Recommendations on Accountability
Conclusions

From the Paper:

"The Canadian governments have a federal system. This means that the two levels of government share responsibilities. Some jurisdictions are the responsibility of the federal government and some are the responsibility of the provincial governments. Health care is the responsibility of the provincial government because it was not included in the original BNA Act and all 'residual powers' do not go to the federal government. This is why there is the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and a provincial health insurance plan in every province of Canada. This is the way that health care is provincial jurisdiction.
"However, a lot of the money for these provincial health care plans comes from the federal government. Money is transferred to the provinces for many programs. Accountability is the federal government knowing that money transferred for health care is spent on health care. The federal government wants to know that the money does not go in to general revenue and be used for roads or education or other provincial jurisdiction. The province is free to spend the money how it wants as long as it is on health care. The jurisdiction is still the provinces. How the money is spent is up to the province (as long as it is on health care). This is not an infringement on provincial jurisdiction it is accountability."

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