“I’ve thought about it long and hard,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa. “It wasn’t an easy decision. With so much instability around us, Canadians need stability.”
The “supply and trust agreement” covers policy areas in which the parties have common goals, such as climate, housing and healthcare. Centre-left Liberals, Trudeau added, will look elsewhere for support when it comes to other issues, such as defence.
Trudeau tried to frame the deal as a way to ensure greater security in a world still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and grappling with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The deal comes months after Trudeau failed to regain the majority in Parliament he won in 2015 in a second straight election.
Since 2019, his Liberals have had to earn the support of opposition parties to pass legislation and keep his government afloat.
When news of the Liberal-NDP agreement broke late Monday, Conservative rivals were quick to accuse Trudeau of power grabs.
“They hatched a backroom deal where Justin Trudeau gets the majority power that he desperately tried to do in the last election last fall, but he didn’t pull it off,” interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen said at a news conference on Tuesday. “This deal means Canadians have essentially woken up to an NDP liberal majority government.”
Later Tuesday, Trudeau’s office released a document setting out this common priority areas where the Liberals and the NDP are likely to join forces to pass laws.
The agreement covers a wide range of issues, including providing dental care for low-income Canadians, making further progress on a national pharmacare program, making additional investments in Indigenous housing and identifying ways to further Canada’s path to net-zero emissions to accelerate 2050.
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