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June 16th, 2019

Singh's New Deal for People: Expanding Health Care to Cover You from Head to Toe

The NDP will bring in a new deal for health care we can all count on -- to save lives, save time and save money for all of us.

OTTAWA – Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh unveiled the NDP’s vision for Canada and his commitments to Canadians in A New Deal for People. Singh has set out a bold NDP vision: a new deal for Canadians where we take better care of one another by reinvesting in people with public services people can count on and a new deal for health care – starting with universal pharmacare and going to a head to toe health care system.

“We hear the worry in people’s voices — life keeps getting harder. The services we count on, like health care, are being cut and squeezed and medicine gets more expensive. A decade of Conservative underinvestment has hurt our public health care system and the Liberal approach of endless delays isn’t delivering the results that Canadians need,” said Singh. “We believe that we need to work towards a health care system that covers us from head to toe. Under our plan, Canadians will see a historic expansion of the services covered under our national health care system for the 21st century.”

A New Deal for People will start expanding our health care system with comprehensive, universal, public pharmacare program that will save families more than $500 a year. The NDP will work together with provincial partners and health professionals to expand our health care system and develop a long-term roadmap to including dental care, eye care, hearing care, mental health care, seniors care and more in the Canada Health Act.

“The stress that families carry, the worry that keeps people up at night, and the pressure people feel as costs keep tightening the family budget – is all caused by the choices made by Liberal and Conservative governments to do less and less for people. When push comes to shove, Justin Trudeau chose to help big corporations and his wealthy friends, and make everyday Canadians pay for it,” added Singh. “If we want better results, we need to make different choices. New Democrats are committed to building a country that works better for every day, hard-working people – not just for those at the very top.”

Jagmeet's announcement today included his commitment to invest in making life better for all Canadians by having the richest of the top one per cent pay one per cent more. In A New Deal for People, Jagmeet is making it clear that New Democrats stand with people, and that New Democrats have the courage to make sure everyday people and their needs come before more breaks for the wealthiest and rich corporations.