Prime Minister talks about health, cost of living in New Year’s message


Prime Ministers across the country used their New Year’s messages to emphasize everything from housing and affordability to healthy lifestyles.

In his first New Year’s message as British Columbia’s premier, David Eby said he was honored to celebrate the successes of 2022 “including a significant economic recovery in the province of British Columbia.” us when we come out of the pandemic.” But he acknowledges challenges related to housing, health care and the cost of living.

He said that 2023 will include steps towards building a province where everyone can afford a good home, feel safe and have access to a GP.

Danielle Smith of Alberta, who is also marking her first new year as prime minister, said the province’s economy has recovered from severe challenges and is showing strong signs.

She said the government is acting quickly to ease the affordability crisis, improve access to health care, and stand with other provinces against federal abuses of power.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said his province has plenty of room for optimism in 2023 as it kicks off the new year by indexing personal income taxes by the rate of inflation.

In his message, Ontario Premier Doug Ford praised the province’s progress in building infrastructure and took steps to support the cost of living including eliminating license plate fees, eliminating some tolls on highways and an extension of gas and fuel tax cuts.

In Quebec, Premier François Legault said that Quebecers are lucky to live in a beautiful and safe place where people help each other in times of trouble.

Legault wishes residents good health in 2023 and encourages them to adopt healthy living habits and play sports.

Northwest Territories Premier Caroline Cochrane encouraged everyone to “commit to doing all we can to support each other by 2023 and to work to improve the lives of all those around us through compassion.” kindness and generosity.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published January 1, 2023

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