NDP-Liberal deal: Singh says he’ll ‘force’ Trudeau to deliver


Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has said he will use the upcoming sitting of Parliament to push the Liberals to act on dental care and housing, as called for in the agreement between the two parties.

Singh told reporters today, ahead of a caucus retreat in downtown Halifax, that he intended to force the government to ‘serve the people’.

In March, New Democrats reached an agreement with the Liberals to keep the minority government in power until 2025 as long as there is action on NDP priorities, such as dental care and housing assistance.

Under the agreement, the Liberals promised to create a dental care program for children under 12 by the end of the year.

Singh says he is very confident the plan will be in place before 2023, but he says there will be “repercussions” if it is not.

The NDP leader said when the House of Commons resumes in mid-September, his party will work to push the government to address affordability issues amid rising costs of living.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 7, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of Meta and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.