Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Liberals have reached an agreement with the federal NDP to govern until 2025 in a resolution that he says will offer “stability” to Canadians in uncertain times.
“Today I announce that the Liberal Party has reached an agreement with the New Democratic Party to deliver results for the Canadians now,” he told a news conference on Tuesday.
“This supply and trust agreement starts today and will be in place until the end of this Parliament in 2025.”
The CBC and the Globe and Mail had quoted unnamed sources as saying that New Democrat members of parliament still need to approve the agreement, which will get the Liberals to act on national medicine and dental care, which are key priorities for the NDP.
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Sources confirmed to The Canadian Press that a liberal caucus meeting took place Monday night, but would not comment on reports that Trudeau held an unannounced meeting with the liberal cabinet before the caucus meeting.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has also scheduled a press conference shortly after Trudeau.
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Temporary Conservative leader Candice Bergen issued a news release Monday night in response to media reports on the preliminary agreement, which she described as a “coalition”.
The CBC reports that the preliminary agreement is what is known as a “trust and supply agreement” and not a formal coalition.
This kind of agreement, which is a version of the agreement that the BC NDP entered into with the Greens in this province in 2017, generally involves an opposition party that agrees to support the government with confidence proposals and budget or appropriation votes for a certain period.
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