The agreement between the NDP and the Liberals of the Trudeau government on the tightrope

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The agreement between the NDP and the Liberals of the Trudeau government on a tightrope

New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Jagmeet Singh on the first day of his party's political retirement in Ottawa.

As political strategies sharpen as Parliament approaches, pressure is mounting on the Trudeau government to honor its democratization commitments health care, a condition negotiated by the New Democratic Party (NDP) which promised in return its support during votes of confidence.

The 2023 federal budget is likely to determine the survival of the NDP-Liberal deal, the NDP finance critic warned. I think the [next] budget will show whether we are progressing at a good pace, Daniel Blaikie said in an interview with CBC.

This agreement notably provides that the New Democratic Party (NDP) supports the minority Liberal government on key votes in the Commons, so as not to trigger an election by 2025.

We will continue to press the Trudeau government to take action for the people […], to take care of the health crises instead of ignoring them, for it to step up and support the cost of living instead of supporting corporate greed, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh told the AFP. opening of a three-day political retreat that opens Wednesday in Ottawa.

In the process, he reiterated his support for the introduction of an exceptional tax on the large profits of companies in full inflation.

“We will push every day for action to reduce inflation. We will protect the environment, but also fix and expand universal public health care in Canada. »

— Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the NDP

The Liberals will also hold a retreat in Hamilton, Ontario, January 23-25, on the Government of Canada's ongoing efforts to make the more affordable living and building an economy centered on the well-being of all Canadians, according to the LPC.

NDP Caucus Chair Jenny Kwan said her party wants to make sure the Liberals keep their word on pharmacare and support for energy workers who may be impacted. federal environmental policies.

Ms. Kwan pointed out that her party could even pull out of the deal if the Liberals failed to meet NDP policy priorities.

For example, the Liberals had promised to pass Canada's Pharmacare Act by the end of 2023 and to develop a national essential drugs formulary and bulk purchase plan by 2025.

In 2022, dental coverage was extended to children under 12 whose parents earn less than 90 $000, but other commitments remained outstanding.

We expect this to happen in early 2024, Blaikie said.

“The NDP will outline the next steps for a universal national pharmacare plan this year. ”

— Jagmeet Singh, leader of the NDP

The Trudeau government, however, benefits from extenuating circumstances, agrees the NDP. Since much of the preparatory work for budgets is done months in advance, the 2022 budget was largely assembled before the signing of the confidence agreement, points out Daniel Blaikie.

Therefore, the next budget, he says, will tell much of the story of the NDP-Liberal deal.

“This will be an important moment of reflection for our caucus, as we think about the next year and wonder if the government is doing a job good enough. »

— Daniel Blaikie, NDP Finance Critic

In addition to pushing for the deal to pass, Blaikie said New Democrats will push for Liberals to fix the health care system, which Jagmeet Singh also put forward on Wednesday to his activists.

[Justin Trudeau] knows that what happens to the system like what happened to long-term care, the NDP leader compared to his inaugural caucus speech.

Mr. Singh was quick to point out Liberal complacency over health care privatization in conservative provinces.

On Monday, Ontario's Progressive Conservative government announced its plan to expand the number and range of surgeries offered at for-profit clinics across the province.

Following the announcement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signaled that he was open to ideas for providing better health care services to Canadians.

Jagmeet Singh doesn't x27;reacted strongly on Wednesday: Apparently [Justin Trudeau], agrees with Doug Ford to sell our health care system […] He is paving the way for American-style for-profit organizations, the NDP leader was indignant.

Parallel public/private systems will create unfair competition for scarce human resources, denounced the NDP. Canada needs a national health workforce strategy instead, according to the country's largest labor organization, which has close ties to the NDP.

Bea Bruske, president of the Canadian Labor Congress, said such a strategy would help governments across Canada recruit, train and retain health care workers.

Our public system is in dire straits, and we call on all levels of government to work together to ensure that Canadians across the country can count on strong public health care, summed up Ms. Bruske, who is #x27;will also address the NDP caucus on Wednesday.

With information from David Thurton, CBC, and The Canadian Press

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