The NDP will be the first Canadian federal party to unveil an election platform that promises to drastically expand Canada’s health care system to include, not just pharmacare, but mental, dental, eye and hearing coverage for all citizens.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will unveil the platform in Hamilton, Ont. Sunday morning.
The party promises to reform Canada’s health-care system to fund a whole new suite of services, just as the Liberals are looking at creating a national drug plan. On Wednesday, a Liberal government-appointed advisory council called for a $15-billion single-payer pharmacare plan and the federal health minister says Ottawa is considering next steps.
The NDP plan, titled “New Deal for Canada,” will be launched at a campaign-style rally Sunday at the Hamilton Convention Centre during the Ontario NDP’s weekend-long convention.
It will be a homecoming for Singh, who left the provincial party and was elected federal party leader less than two years ago. The party’s hope is that the platform launch will provide a much-needed boost for Singh and other candidates who will soon head back to their ridings for a summer of campaigning. Lately, national polls have been showing the centre-left party losing ground to the Green Party.