According to Justin Trudeau, the chances of Canadians going to the polls to elect a new federal government in 2023 are pretty slim.
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While in Hamilton, Ontario, for a three-day retreat with members of his cabinet, the Prime Minister offered a short interview on the airwaves of a local radio station, 900 CHML.
“I don’t think any Canadian is interested in seeing us plunge into an election,” he told the host in English.
It was about the agreement between the Liberals and the New Democrats, signed last year, according to which the NDP of Jagmeet Singh will support the Trudeau government in key votes until 2025 in exchange for carrying out projects dear to the NDP.
Despite some friction here and there, for Mr. Trudeau, the relationship is healthy.
“It’s going extremely well,” he said.
“The reason we came together was that we recognized there was an opportunity to demonstrate that progressive governments can really deliver for Canadians. This is both what the NDP wants and what our government wants,” continued Mr. Trudeau.
If Mr. Singh insists on certain points, such as more recently on the health privatization so feared by the New Democrats, the NDP is not about to tear up the document.
In an interview with the QMI Agency last week, Deputy Leader and NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice noted that “for now, communication is fluid” between the two parties” and that “things are going well” with the Liberals, even if they do not go “fast enough for our taste”.
The specter of an election does not seem to appeal to New Democrats at this stage. Better to focus on current challenges, particularly with respect to the crises affecting the hospital system from one end of Canada to the other.
“If we want to be able to hire more staff in hospitals and do the necessary renovations, I don’t think it’s an election this year that will accelerate. [les choses]“, said Mr. Boulerice.
The important thing for the New Democrats is that the Liberals respect the terms of their agreement. This means, for the coming year, to pass a law to set up a drug insurance system on the one hand, and to expand eligibility for the dental care program set up last year last on the other hand.