OPPOSITION LEADERS CRITICIZE FEDERAL BUDGET OVER PHARMACARE AND OLD AGE SECURITY

Apr 20, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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Federal opposition leaders are criticizing the Liberal government’s first budget in two years for omitting pharmacare, failing to adequately boost old age security and not speeding up the pace of vaccinations.

Debate began in the House of Commons Tuesday with leaders pushing to shape the economic blueprint more to their liking.

Federal N.D.P. Leader Jagmeet Singh said he knows where he’s seen two of the Liberals’ signature budget promises before; his own party’s election platforms.

Singh said the spending plan tabled by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland heavily borrows from the New Democrats’ promise in 2015 and 2019 to introduce universal child care.

He said another commitment the N.D.P. made first is the $15 federal minimum wage.

Despite his criticism, Singh has said he won’t do anything that would send the country into an election, as provinces deal with a deadly third wave of COVID-19, driven by more transmissible strains of the virus.

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