Single-payer pharmacare, housing top NDP priorities for 2019 budget
2019-03-14 from ipolitics.ca
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says next week’s federal budget offers the Trudeau government its final opportunity to show “ordinary Canadians” it has their best interests in mind after spending the past three years siding with wealthy corporate interests.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Ottawa, Singh and NDP finance critic Peter Julian laid out what the party wants to see in the upcoming budget, singling out establishing a single-payer universal pharmacare program, cracking down on tax cheats, banning single-use plastics, more funding for clean energy and “major investments” to create 500,000 more affordable housing units.
They also pressed the Trudeau government to restore the 30-year mortgage to help more homebuyers enter the market.
“This is the last time this government can show what side it’s working on,” Singh said at the National Press Theatre, pointing to the Liberals’ purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline and ongoing SNC-Lavalin controversy as examples of them backing corporations over people.
The Canadian Home Builders Association is calling on the Liberal government to restore 30-year mortgages for “qualified” first-time home buyers, saying a longer payment period will reduce monthly payments, making them more attractive and feasible for younger homeowners.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau has yet to publicly voice his position on the proposal.
The Liberals have also struck a panel to study the introduction of a national pharmacare program, which released its interim report earlier this month.
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