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Liberals and NDP strike deal to keep the Minority government alive till 2025

It's official the Liberal Party of Canada, and the New Democratic Party of Canada have struck a deal that would see the Liberal Party in Power until 2025, and in return, the NDP would get key priorities passed including dental care and pharmacare.

Liberal Leader and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau said at a press conference earlier this morning, "What this means is that during this uncertain time, the government can function with predictability and stability, present and implement budgets and get things done for Canadians.”

He added that on areas where the Liberals and NDP do not agree, such as a potential increase in defence spending in response to Russia's attack on Ukraine.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said that this agreement doesn't mean that the Liberals will be off the hook when it comes to delivering on their promises, "If they fall short … the deal doesn’t continue.”

The parties agree to Deliver for Canadians Now: A Supply and Confidence Agreement from March 22, 2022, until when Parliament rises in June of 2025.

Singh added “I want to go into it with a spirit of hopeful optimism, but I will remain critical and we’re going to remain an opposition party. We are going to remain forceful in getting help to people."

Singh compared the move to Tommy Douglas working with previous Liberal Governments to pass medicare. He added to a question about this making the New Democrats an extension of the Liberal Party, "I’m a New Democrat, not a Liberal. I don’t want to be part of the Liberal government."


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