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The federal government has invested no new money in health care delivery, despite the fact 86 per cent of Canadians identified health care as their top priority for this budget.

Hiding behind its five-year agreement signed with the provinces in September 2000, the federal government continues to rack up huge surpluses without earmarking any new funding to strengthen acute care, expand home care and community care, including long-term care, or launch a national pharmacare program.

Provincial governments of every political stripe have been calling on Martin to return federal transfers to the level they were before his first budget in 1994. By ignoring their pleas, Martin is fuelling the revolt underway in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta where public health care is being sabotaged by for-profit ventures.