Dec 28, 2023
By Angus Gillespie
It was a rough year for Justin Trudeau’s governing Liberals, and if the Prime Minister has hopes of remaining in charge of the country after the next federal election, his party is going to have to go it alone.
That’s because NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is ruling out the possibility of forming a coalition government with the Liberals for a second time… if no party wins a clear majority.
In an interview with the Canadian Press, Singh says that the idea is off the table for the New Democrats, even though the two parties have been working closely together for nearly two years.
The Liberals and New Democrats signed a deal in March 2022 in which the NDP agreed to support the minority Liberals on key votes in Parliament in exchange for action on NDP policy priorities.
The collaboration has so far led to the introduction of a national dental-care program, one-time rental supplements for low-income tenants, a temporary doubling of the GST rebate and legislation banning replacement workers.
The two parties agreed to keep their agreement in place until 2025, with a federal election slated to take place by October of that year.
The most recent polls indicate that if an election were held now, Pierre Poilievre’s Conservative party would likely win an outright majority.