Singh ‘not satisfied’ with agreement with Liberals
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has said he is “not happy” with the trust and supply deal he signed with his Liberal Party a year ago this week.
“That made me unhappy with the position I was in,” he said. “I would love to be prime minister, but I am proud of the work I have done so far.”
The deal would allow the NDP to support the Liberal Party and keep it in power until 2025 in exchange for progress on certain priority policies.
In an interview with Vasi Kapelos, host of CTV’s Question Period aired on Sunday, Singh said he was “really, really proud” of the commitments made through the deal with the Liberal Party, saying he was “really, really proud” of the commitments he made to the national dental practice. Take the first stage of the program as an example.
“It’s something I’m really proud of, but I’m not happy with it. ‘Maybe it’s a better way to put it.'”
“I’m not happy because I just don’t want to impose on the government,” he added. “I want to be the one making the decisions for the benefit of the people. I was in a position where I could actually influence the decisions, so if we were the ones calling the shots, how much?” I’ve seen it work.”
Meanwhile, the trust and supply arrangement has several significant items expected to be included in the federal budget this Tuesday, including expanding dental care programs. But to avoid worsening inflation, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland pointed to plans for fiscal restraint in the budget while promising targeted measures to help struggling Canadians.
While Singh agrees that targeted spending is necessary for people to survive the high cost of living, he believes expanding dental programs and GST rebates is a way to do that.
Since the trust and supply deal was struck, Singh has yet to name a breach of the deal. The NDP has sided with the Liberal Party in invoking the Emergency Act to dismantle last year’s trucker protests, and in a continuing call for a public inquiry into foreign interference, the government refused to withdraw its support for
“We always have the right and the power or choice to withdraw our support if the government violates the terms of the agreement, if it fails to comply with what we have forced it to agree to.”1 lunar caucus.
Using files from CTVNews.ca Senior Digital Congress Reporter Rachel Aiello