OTTAWA - One of the Liberals' outstanding promises for 2023 in their deal with the NDP was conspicuously absent from the federal budget.
The confidence-and-supply agreement requires the government to table legislation on pharmacare by the end of the calendar year in exchange for the NDP's support on key votes in the House of Commons.
Both parties say that is still on track to happen, but even if a bill is introduced by December, it's unclear when a pharmacare system could be up and running.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says that when the deal was struck, the Liberals wouldn't go beyond promising a legislative framework.
When I say I'm going to fight for you – I mean it.— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) March 29, 2023
This week's budget shows that when New Democrats use our power, we get real things done for people.
We've saved many families up to $1700 a year.
But I'm not done.
I'll keep fighting to tip the scales in your favour. pic.twitter.com/3TRQ4swk93
Singh claimed a win after Tuesday's federal budget announced the government would pump billions into a new dental-care program.
But while political experts and Conservatives are calling it an NDP-inspired budget, New Democrats say that if it was truly their budget, money for pharmacare would've been part of it.