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CanadaNDP's 2019 election platform promises mental, dental, hearing coverage for all

12:41  16 june  2019
12:41  16 june  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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The NDP platform says it would phase in the expansion of health coverage , starting with universal pharmacare in 2020. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh proposes to drastically expand Canada' s health care system to include pharmacare, mental , dental , eye and hearing coverage for all citizens.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh summoned the legacy of Tommy Douglas — the father of universal health care in Canada — while unveiling his party' s 2019 election

NDP's 2019 election platform promises mental, dental, hearing coverage for all© The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh joins hands with deputy leader Alexandre Boulerice, left, and other candidates during a presentation of the party's plan for climate change in Montreal on Friday, May 31.

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. CBC was given an early look.

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.

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The NDP platform says it would phase in the expansion of health coverage , starting with universal pharmacare in 2020. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh proposes to drastically expand Canada' s health care system to include pharmacare, mental , dental , eye and hearing coverage for all citizens.

NDP ' s 2019 election platform promises mental , dental , hearing coverage for all . Analysis. Breaking with tradition, the NDP launched its election platform before MPs take off for the BBQ circuit this summer and just four months before voters head to the polls.

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.

NDP's 2019 election platform promises mental, dental, hearing coverage for all© The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh proposes to drastically expand Canada's health care system to include pharmacare, mental, dental, eye and hearing coverage for all citizens.

How would they pay for it?

One question Singh undoubtedly will face is the obvious one: How do you pay for biggest new federal health care investment in generations?

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The NDP is promising free dental care for households making under ,000 starting next year if it wins a mandate in the federal election . NDP ' s 2019 election platform promises mental , dental , hearing coverage for all . Singh invokes Tommy Douglas to pitch 2019 election platform .

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The NDP platform says it would phase in the expansion of health coverage, starting with universal pharmacare in 2020. The platform doesn't offer a complete timeline, nor does it outline the full cost of the program, saying the party would need to study the issue and work with provinces to implement it.

NDP's 2019 election platform promises mental, dental, hearing coverage for all© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The party outlines measures to boost government revenues to help pay for the multi-billion dollar reform. The party would raise taxes on the wealthiest Canadians — those who make above $20 million annually. It also would raise corporate taxes, end fossil fuel subsidies, close tax loopholes and levy a foreign home buyers tax.

The party says it expects that some of these fiscal measures won't just boost government revenues, but also fight money laundering and cool down overheated housing markets in Vancouver and Ontario.

NDP promise to expand universal health care, starting with national drug plan

NDP promise to expand universal health care, starting with national drug plan HAMILTON — The federal NDP says if it is elected this fall it will expand Canada's health-care system, starting with fast-tracking a universal drug plan to ensure a late 2020 start date. 

2019 election platform , promising to spend billions on universal drug coverage , dental and vision care, mental health treatment and more by After that, the NDP would work over the next decade to extend Canada’ s health care system into dental , vision and hearing care, mental health services

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was in Hamilton, Ont., to announce his election platform 4 months before the federal election . The leader started by making a promise to expand healthcare in Canada. NDP ' s 2019 election platform promises mental , dental , hearing coverage for all .

The Parliamentary Budget Officer, an independent officer of parliament, will review the plan, the NDP says. This election is the first time the PBO, which typically reviews government spending and policy initiatives, will make itself available to asses the fiscal soundness of party platforms.

What else does the NDP platform promise to do?

  • Commit to fully and equitably fund health education and other services in Indigenous communities.
  • Create an action plan to prevent suicide.
  • Cap and reduce tuition fees and student loan interest, with an eventual goal of free post-secondary education.
  • Ban unpaid internships.
  • Introduce federal incentives for zero-emissions automobiles and prioritize cars made in Canada.
  • Invest $1 billion in affordable childcare in 2020.
  • Focus on revitalizing industries like forestry, fisheries and agriculture.
  • Put a price cap on cellphone and internet bills, and introduce a telecommunications bill of rights.
  • Close tax loopholes and introduce a one per cent "wealth tax" on personal earnings over $20 million.
  • Increase access to public transit, including along rural routes cut off by Greyhound service discontinuation.
  • Power Canada with net carbon-free electricity by 2030.
  • Ban single-use plastics
  • End veteran homelessness
  • Launch a basic income pilot project
  • Strengthen the air passenger bill of rights
  • Create an affordable housing plan that includes construction of more low-cost and co-operative housing across the country.

The CBC's David Thurton can be reached on Facebook, Twitter or at david.thurton@cbc.ca.

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