LIBERALS AGREE TO ACT ON NDP PRIORITIES IN EXCHANGE FOR SUPPORT THROUGH 2025
Mar 22, 2022
By Bob Komsic
Saying they’ve agreed to work together, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Liberals will launch a new dental care program for low-income Canadians and take action on a number of other NDP priorities, including pharmacare, paid sick leave, long-term care, housing and climate change in return for their support.
Trudeau says it’s not a coalition but an agreement, focusing on what both parties agree on, instead of what they disagree on.
“And that’s exactly what this agreement is focused on, saying there are broad agrees in which we agree, we should be able to work constructively together and not have Parliament be obstructive,” the prime minister points out.
The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh says the agreement’s merely a starting point and that he won’t let the Liberals off the hook.
“If they fall short on what we’ve agreed to, then the deal doesn’t continue,” Singh adds.
But he says he’s going into this with a ”strong conviction that we can get this done.”
Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen calls it nothing more than a Trudeau power grab.
As for speculation about whether he plans to stick around past 2025, Trudeau is trying to put such talk to rest.
”As I’ve said a number of times I am planning on continuing to serve Canadians through and beyond the next election.”