NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he will not trigger an election as long as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.
Singh says he will stand by his pledge to prop up the Liberal minority government on confidence votes regardless of whether the Liberals back an NDP bill to implement universal pharmacare, due for a vote later today.
The government is expected within the next couple months to table a budget, which would trigger an election if it fails to garner support from at least one major opposition party.
New Democrats have been hyping their pharmacare legislation in advance of a vote that will either kill Bill C-213 or send it to committee for further scrutiny.
The NDP and Liberals both promised some kind of pharmacare program during the 2019 federal election campaign, but differ on the details.
The Liberals have been promising pharmacare for 24 years.— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) February 23, 2021
That's 24 years of broken promises.
Tomorrow, they can vote to support the NDPs plan to get Canadians the medications they need.
Join us in calling on Justin Trudeau to do the right thing.https://t.co/wlYIDhnOxV
Singh says his party's universal medication plan, laid out in a private member's bill sponsored by MP Peter Julian, resembles the framework recommended by a government-commissioned report released in June 2019.