Flaherty says Canada to provide flu funds if needed

Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:17am EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Monday the government is monitoring the swine flu situation and will provide extra health funding if needed.

"That is something that will be done if it's necessary to do it," Flaherty told reporters in Toronto. "But right now it's a question of monitoring the situation."

Governments around the world acted to stem a possible flu pandemic on Monday as a virus that has killed 103 people in Mexico spread to North America and was confirmed to have reached Europe.

Canada reported its first confirmed cases of swine flu on Sunday, two in its western province of British Columbia and four in the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue, writing by Jennifer Kwan)

<p>Finance Minister Jim Flaherty leaves after a news conference following G7 Finance Ministers meeting in Washington April 24, 2009. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas</p>