Unsurprisingly, the second Freeland budget will receive the support of the NDP of Jagmeet Singh, who welcomed the $5.3 billion earmarked for the establishment of a dental program for the less fortunate, a proposal which was at the heart of the pact made with the Liberal Party last month.
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“We used our power,” explained the New Democrat leader during a scrum following the presentation of the budget in the House by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.
By signing the agreement with the NDP, the government avoids the suspense that normally precedes votes on the budget until 2025.
Mr Singh, however, reserved his criticisms for the Liberals’ environmental approach, which emphasizes investment in green technology rather than limiting the oil industry.
Among other things, the Freeland budget intends to grant tax credits ranging from 60% to 37.5% to companies that develop carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies.
“There are a lot of concerns about their effectiveness,” said Jagmeet Singh.
The Conservatives joked about the “first NDP budget in the country’s history.”
“To control inflation, you have to control spending. This is not the case. Trudeau maintains a tax and spending agenda to satisfy the NDP,” said Gérard Deltell.
Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet expressed regret that the government’s budget did not respond to any of his requests, particularly in terms of health transfers.
“Quebec and the provinces want an increase in unconditional health transfers. The budget gives them conditions, not an increase in transfers,” he said.
“The budget basically says, ‘if you want your health care system to work better because you’re rotten, you’ll call me,'” added Mr. Blanchet.
The Conservative Party and the Bloc Québécois will vote against the budget, but the government is sure to stay in place.