Conservatives reluctant to dental bill
The door- Conservative spokesperson for health, Michael Barrett, believes that Bill C-31 on dental care is an interference in an area of provincial jurisdiction.
The Conservatives take a dim view of the dental care bill introduced Tuesday by the Trudeau government, in the wake of the agreement with the New Democratic Party (NDP) which allows him to stay in power until 2025.
They are going to send checks to certain people and that is something that is clearly outside the jurisdiction of the federal government. Health is a provincial responsibility, Conservative health critic Michael Barrett said as he entered the national caucus on Wednesday morning.
It's not not a dental plan anyway, he noted, blaming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for refusing for more than two years to meet with premiers to discuss health care in Canada. /p>
Bill C-31 aims to allow the government to pay up to $650 per child per year to families earning less than $90,000 to help them pay for dentists for their children under 12 years.
The temporary program, which is to run for two years, is a key element of the agreement of support and confidence between the Liberals and New Democrats. Ottawa estimates that these tax-free payments will help about 500,000 children and that the measure will cost $938 million.
According to Barrett, Justin Trudeau simply wants to honor a takeover deal he has with the NDP.
But, he said, more than 70 % of Canadians are already covered for dental care and a majority of provinces and territories have measures in place to support low-income people who need access to a dentist.
The checks that will be handed out will evaporate due to the Trudeau government's inflationary policies, said Barrett, who believes it would be more efficient not to raise taxes.
In his first question in the House of Commons as Leader of the Official Opposition on Tuesday, Pierre Poilievre called on the government to drop payroll tax hikes on January 1, in reference to the #x27;Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan premium rates increased.
It is indeed taxes, Mr. Barrett reiterated when questioned by the parliamentary press.
“Every time Canadians bring in less money at the end of the month and that money goes to the government, it is a tax. And the government can choose when it collects them.
— Michael Barrett, Conservative Health Critic
Bill C-31 has a second tier that provides $500 to help Canadians low income to pay their rent. This is one-time assistance estimated at $1.2 billion, which is a supplement to the Canada Housing Benefit.
And another bill tabled on Tuesday aims to double the GST credit for six months for those who already receive it.
The Conservatives have yet to take a position on these bills. In particular, they were to discuss it in caucus on Wednesday morning.