Jagmeet Singh makes dental care anouncement in Sudbury, Ont.

Jagmeet Singh makes dental care anouncement in Sudbury, Ont.


SO IT’S A REAL SHAME. IT IS REALLY SAD THAT SO MANY CANADIANS DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THIS SERVICE. SO I SPOKE TODAY WITH MICHEL. THEY CHAIR THEIR STORIES. WITH SOMEONE WHO MAKES A LIVING BUT IN SPITE OF THIS. THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY FOR PRIVATE INSURANCE. IT’S TOO COSTLY AND A DENTIST COST TUESDAY HIGH. AND THAT’S FOR SOMEONE WHO MAKES A DECENT LIVING SO WE WILL HAVE TO CHANGE THIS.>>TOO MANY CANADIANS CAN’T AFFORD DENTAL SERVICE. THERE ARE 4.3 MILLION CANADIANS THAT DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO DENTAL SERVICES. HAVE NO COVERAGE PUBLIC OR PRIVATE. WE KNOW 1 IN 3 CANADIANS DON’T HAVE COVERAGE AT ALL. THIS IS A SERIOUS CONCERN. COST OF LIVING IS GOING UP. AND THEN WE LOOK AT THE CHOICE WES HAVE. Mr. TRUDEAU THINKS THINGS ARE FINE THE WAY THEY R. Mr. TRUDEAU AND Mr. SCHEER HELP THE WELL CONNECTED AND THE POWERFUL GET AHEAD WHILE EVERYONE ELSE FALLS BEHIND. THAT IS WRONG. GOVERNMENT SHOULD WORK FOR THE PEOPLE. WE SHOULD BE IN IT FOR PEOPLE. WE ARE IN IT FOR YOU. WE ARE IN IT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR YOU. WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE. THAT’S WHY TODAY I’M REALLY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE IN OUR PAST, TOMMY DOUGLAS HAD A VISION OF MEDICARE. AND THAT MEANT CARE FOR EVERYONE. HEAD TO TOE. HE TALKED ABOUT SOMETHING — AND I WANT TO BRING THAT IDEA BACK. HE TALKED ABOUT DENTI-CARE. NOT ONLY DO WE NEED PHARMACARE. WE ALSO NEED TOPIC MA SURE NO CANADIAN FALLS BEHIND WHEN IT COMES TO DENTAL NEEDS. THAT’S WHY TODAY I’M PROUD TO SAY OUR PLAN WE ARE PUTTING FORWARD IS DENTI CARE. EVERYONE WITH A SALARY LESS THAN $10,000. AND THOSE WHO MAKE BETWEEN 70 — BETWEEN 70 AND 90 WILL HAVE A SLIDING SCALE. THIS IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD UNIVERSAL DENTAL CARE FOR ALL. PEOPLE LIKE MELODY AND MICHELLE WILL HAVE COVERAGE. IT’S A FLAN IS DIRECT. AND WE WILL ENSURE DAY ONE. WE PUT THIS IN PLACE AND WE HAVE COVERAGE FOR EVERY SINGLE CANADIAN WHO MAKES LESS THAN 70,000 WHO DOES NOT HAVE COVERAGE. THIS IS A BOLD STEP FORWARD. [ Applause ] [ Speaking in French ]>>Voice of Translator: SO WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY IS ANNOUNCING A PLAN. THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS MAKING SURE WE HAVE UNIVERSAL DENTAL CARE. THE FIRST STEP IS TO WORK WITH PUBLIC INSURANCE TO PROVIDE INSURANCE TO EACH PERSON THAT EARNS LESS THAN $70,000, WHO WILL BE RECEIVING DENTAL CARE. IT IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS A UNIVERSAL SYSTEM THAT WE WILL START RIGHT NOW. AND WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THIS PLAN BECAUSE WE WILL BE ABLE TO HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE THIS WAY. THANK YOU. [ Applause ] NOW I WILL TAKE SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA.>>GOOD MORNING, ABIGAIL BIMMAN. GLOBAL NEWS. HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST? WE HAVE HAD THIS COSTED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY OFFICE. THE FIRST YEAR WILL BE 560 MILLION. IT WILL BE A BUMP UP IN THE SECOND YEAR. BECAUSE THE BUDGETARY OFFICE THINKS THEY WILL HAVE HEY LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T HAD THE PROGRAM. SO IT WILL BE A BUMP UP. AND THEN STABILIZE AROUND $860 MILLION. IS WHAT THE PROVINCE ANTICIPATES IT WILL COST.>>Question: AND WHAT WILL YOU DO — WHERE WILL THAT COME?>>AGAIN IT’S ABOUT CHOICES. 860 MILLION TO ENSURE THAT 4 ABOUT .3 MILLION CANADIANS HAVE DENTAL SERVICES IS A PRIORITY FOR US. WHAT IS NOT A PRIORITY IS WHAT Mr. TRUDEAU DID LAST YEAR. CUT CORPORATE TAXES. GAVE $14 BILLION TO THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS SO THEY COULD BUY CORPORATE JETS AND I WILL MOWS HE SPENT $14 BILLION DO THAT THAT. THIS PLAN COST LESS THAN $1 BILLION. HE SPENT $4.5 BILLION BUYING A PIPELINE. THIS COST $865 MILLION. HE SPENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. HE WAVED CORPORATE LOANS TO THE TUNE OF $6 BILLION IN ONE YEAR ALONE. THIS PLAN COST 865 MILLION. WE KNOW CANADIANS DESERVE THE CARE. WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.>>Question: YESTERDAY YOU MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND SAID YOU WOULD PROVIDE 500 BILLION IN THE FIRST YEAR AND A HALF. TODAY 560 MILLION. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO CANADIANS WHO WANT THE BOOKS BALANCED AND ARE CONCERNED THAT THE NDP PLATFORM WILL COST TOO MUCH?>>WELL THE DIFFERENCE IS WE ARE NOT GOING TO GIVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AWAY TO CORPORATIONS THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS THAT DON’T NEED HELP WE ARE MAKING A CLEAR CHOICE. WE HAVE LIMITED RESOURCES WE UNDERSTAND THAT. WE WOULD NOT GIVE $14 BILLION TO THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS TO BUY JETS. WE DON’T DO THAT. INSTEAD WE WOULD INVEST IN PEOPLE. IT’S A MATTER OF PRIORITIES. THERE ARE LIMITED RESORES AND PEOPLE EXPECT US TO USE THOSE RESOURCES RESPONSIBLY. WE WILL NOT GIVE THEM AWAY TO THE WEALTHIEST BUT INVEST IN PEOPLE.>>Question: WHAT DO YOU THINK THE DIRECTION IMPACT THAT THIS PLAN WILL HAVE ON CANADIANS?>>IT WILL MAKE PEOPLE HEALTHIER. IT WILL MEAN PEOPLE LIKE MELANIE, AND MICHELLE WHO TOLD ME THEY ARE EARNING A DECENT SALARY BUT THEY CAN’T AFFORD THE CARE THEY NEED. THEY ARE PUTTING OFF. IT GETS WORSE AND WORSE. PEOPLE WHO CAN’T AFFORD DENTAL CARE. THIS WILL MEAN SO MUCH TO SO MANY PEOPLE. AND I’M PROUD WE ARE PUTTING THIS FORWARD.>>Question: RADIO CANADA. CANADA. [ Speaking in French ]>>Voice of Translator: I’M TRYING TO ESTIMATE HOW MUCH YOUR PROMISES WILL ACCOUNT TO. $14 BILLION. SO WITH YOUR PROMISES IT WOULD BE $34 BILLION. HOW WOULD YOU CONVINCE CANADIAN NAS YOU WON’T BE A GOVERNMENT THAT IS OVERSPENDING?>>WELL, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE REVENUE AS WELL. WE HAVE TO SEE HOW WE CAN IMPLEMENT ATTACKS ON THE WEALTHIEST. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN CLOSE THE GAP ON TAX HAVENS. THOSE ARE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THE LIBERALS AND THE CONSERVATIVES DON’T HAVE THE COURAGE TO TACKLE. WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO SAY NO TO THESE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS AND TO SAY YES TO THE PEOPLE.>>Question: VERY QUICKLY ON. THIS YOU HOPE TO BALANCE THE BUDGET IN HOW MANY YEARS? THREE, FOUR, FIVE YEARS?>>WELL. WHAT WE ARE OFFERING ARE INVESTMENTS FOR THE EVERY DAY CANADIAN AND REVENUE GENERATED FROM THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE MEANS TO PAY FOR IT. THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WEALTH OF OVER $20 MILLION. THE GREATEST CORPORATIONS, THE TAX HAVENS, AND WE WILL BE SPENDING THAT MONEY ON THE PEOPLE.>>Question: FOR THE PEOPLE IN SUDBURY AND CANADIANS, AT WHICH POINT IS IT ENOUGH MONEY FOR DENTAL CARE. AT WHICH POINT DOES IT BECOME HEALTH OR FINANCIAL PROBLEM?>>THAT’S EXACTLY IT. BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF ACCESS, THERE ARE MANY HEALTH ISSUES. I SPOKE WITH MANY PEOPLE WHO — MELANIE WORKS IN AN ENVIRONMENT. WHERE SHE SPEAKS TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF ACCESS. SO THEY ARE LOSING THEIR TEETH AND IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND WORK IF YOU DON’T HAVE TEETH. IT IS A GREAT CHALLENGE. PEOPLE HAVE TROUBLE IN LIFE BECAUSE THEY ARE EMBARRASSED BECAUSE OF THEIR HEALTH SITUATION. SO THIS CREATES ECONOMIC PROBLEMS. IT’S TOO COSTLY. AND THE PROBLEMS ARE INCREASING. IF YOU HAVE DENTAL HEALTH ISSUES YOU HAVE GENERAL HEALTH ISSUES. SO TOMMY DOUGLAS’ DREAM WAS IF YOU WANT TO GIVE COVERAGE, IT SHOULD BE UNIVERSAL COVERAGE AND THAT INCLUDES DENTAL CARE AS WELL. [ End of Translation ]>>Question: SO IF YOU WERE ELECTED AND PEOPLE WANTED DENTAL COVERAGE. HOW SPECIFICALLY WOULD IT WORK FOR THEM?>>THIS IS PLAN WE PUT IN PLACE YEAR ONE. WE WILL WORK WITH PROVINCES, OF COURSE. ALWAYS. BUT THIS IS A GOVERNMENT INSURANCE PLAN. ESSENTIALLY WE ARE DELIVERING A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INSURANCE PLAN TO COVER THE CANADIANS THAT HAVE NO COVERAGE. THAT IS AN IMMEDIATE PLAN. THAT WOULD IMMEDIATELY LIFT 4.3 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF THE POSITION WHERE THEY HAVE NO PUBLIC OR PRIVATE INSURANCE. THIS IS AN IMMEDIATE SOLUTION. IT IS BOLD. IT IS EXCITING. I’M GETTING GOOSE BUMPS WHEN I THINK ABOUT. IT BECAUSE WE CAN COVER SO MANY CANADIANS THAT DON’T HAVE COVERAGE. THIS IS SUCH AN AMAZING STEP FORWARD AND IT’S REALLY A MATTER OF CHOICE. I GAVE YOU ALL OF THOSE EXAMPLES FOR A REASON. THE $6 BILLION THAT Mr. TRUDEAU WAVED FOR CORPORATE LOANS THE $14 BILLION THEY GAVE TO THE CORPORATIONS TO BUY CORPORATE JETS. IT’S A MATTER OF PRIORITIES. OUR PRIORITIES WILL ALWAYS BE PEOPLE. WE ARE IN IT FOR PEOPLE AND THIS IS THING THAT WILL LIFT UP THE LIVES OF PEOPLE.>>Question: WILL IT BE A COUPLE. MONTHS AND PEOPLE WOULD BE ABLE TO GO TO THE DENTIST? IS THAT KIND OF WHAT I’M HEARING.>>THIS IS SOMETHING WE CAN PUT IN PLACE PRETTY IMMEDIATE. THIS IS SOMETHING WE EXPECT PEOPLE TO USE WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF OUR GOVERNMENT MANDATE. AND THIS IS SOMETHING WE EXPECT PEOPLE WILL USE. VERY MUCH SO IN THE SECOND YEAR AND THAT’S YET PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE PUT A MASSIVE BUMP UP FOR THE SECOND YEAR. AND THEN IT WILL STABILIZE. WE EXPECT PEOPLE TO USE THIS PROGRAM. WE KNOW PEOPLE ARE PUTTING OFF THEIR NEED BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD IT. AND WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE THE DENTAL CARE THAT THEY NEED.>>Question: IF THERE WAS A MINORITY GOVERNMENT SITUATION, WOULD THIS BE A PLAN THAT YOU WOULD PUSH WHOEVER WAS IN POWER TO PUT FORWARD?>>ABSOLUTELY. WHEN WE ARE IN THE POSITION TO IMPLEMENT THIS. IF ANYONE WANTS TO WORK WITH US TO MAKE IT HAPPEN WE WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN. PHARMACARE FOR ALL AND DENTI-CARE. THESE ARE TWO MASSIVE COMMITMENTS. WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THESE COMMITMENTS. WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. [ Speaking in French ]>>Question: THIS IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS UNIVERSAL DENTAL CARE. AND NOW IT ONLY APPLIES TO PEOPLE WHO EARN LESS THAN $70,000. HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE UNIVERSAL.>>GOOD QUESTION. IT WILL BE COMPLETELY FREE FOR PEOPLE WHO EARN 70,000 OR LESS AND A SLIDING SCALE BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO MAKE BETWEEN 70,000 AND 90,000. FOR THOSE PEOPLE IT WON’T BE 100% COVERAGE BUT THERE WILL BE SOME ASSISTANTS. AND OUR DREAM IS TRULY A UNIVERSAL SYSTEM. WE WILL START WITH THIS PROGRAM. AND WE WILL CONTINUE WORKING TOWARD A UNIVERSAL SYSTEM. THAT’S THE FIRST STEP. WE WILL START WITH THIS PLAN AND SEE HOW WE CAN EXTEND. THAT BUT FOR NOW THAT’S THE FORECAST WE HAVE DONE ON THE SUBJECT. [ End of Translation ]>>Question: HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THE IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE. THE DENTAL OFFS AND THE EMPLOYEE PEOPLE. HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO THE ONTARIO DENTAL ASSOCIATION AND THE CANADIAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION. FOR EXAMPLE THE ONTARIO HEALTHY SMILES PROGRAM DOES NOT EVEN COVER THE COST OF A DENTIST. SO ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT DENTISTS ARE ABLE TO COVER THEIR COSTS WITH THIS NEW COVERAGE FOR CANADIANS? AND CONSIDERATE IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESSES?>>A GREAT QUESTION. HEALTHY SMILES IS A GREAT PROGRAM BUT I’VE SPOKEN TO DENTISTS WHO WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM BUT IT DOESN’T PAY ENOUGH TO EVEN COVER THE COST. SO IT IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM. WHAT WE ARE HOPING WITH THIS. COULD. IS WE WILL TAKE OFF SOME OF THE BURDEN WITH PROVINCES. WITH THIS COVERAGE IT’S A FEDERAL PLAN WE ARE PUTTING UP ALL THE DOLLARS FEDERAL. THERE’S NO PROVINCIAL INVESTMENT. AND IT’S GOING TO PUT A LOT OF PRESSURE OFF OF THE PROVINCIAL SYSTEM. AND WE WANT TO SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE WITH PROVINCINGS. BECAUSE OUR PROGRAM IT WILL LIFT THE COST OFF OF PROVINCES AND IT’S SUCH A MASSIVE WAY THAT WE WANT TO NEGOTIATE TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE PROVINCIAL PROGRAMS THAT DO EXIST. WE DON’T HAVE CONTROL OVER THE PROVINCIAL PROGRAMS. THEY ARE GOOD STARTS BUT THEY DON’T GO FAR ENOUGH AND THE HEALTHY IS A GREAT EXAMPLE. IT’S A GREAT PROGRAM THAT DOESN’T PAY ENOUGH IN ONTARIO. SO WHAT WE WANT TO DO — BY PUTTING IN PLACE THIS COVERAGE, IT WILL MAKE A MASSIVE INVESTMENT. WE ARE HOPING THAT.>>Will: OFFSET SOME COSTS SO THE PROVINCES CAN AUGMENT AND INCREASE THE FUNDING THEY DO PUT IN THE PROGRAMS LIKE HEALTHY SMILES AND OTHER PROVINCES THAT HAVE SIMILAR PROGRAMS.>>Question: HI, SHANNON WITH MacLEAN’S.>>HI, SHANNON.>>LET’S SAY IF YOU WERE TO PRESS. SO YOUR PRIORITIES TO BE INCORPORATED. WHAT WOULD BE ONE OR TWO OF YOUR TOP PRIORITIES OF YOUR PLATFORM SO FAR, ASSUMING YOU WON’T GET THE FULL PACKAGE WHAT HAVE YOU WANT. WHAT WOULD YOU PURSUE FIRST?>>FIRST OFF I’M RUNNING TO BE PRIME MINISTER. SO I WILL FRAME IT LIKE — AS PRIME MINISTER I WILL TAKE THE SUPPORT OF OTHER PARTIES IN A MINORITY GOVERNMENT WHILE I’M PRIME MINISTER. I WILL RECEIVE THE SUPPORT FOR THE FOLLOWING. ONE, I WILL TAKE PEOPLE’S HEALTH CARE VERY SERIOUSLY. AND HEALTH CARE IS A PRIORITY. SO PHARMACARE AND DENTAL CARE. I TAKE PEOPLE’S BUDGETS VERY SERIOUSLY. AND THERE’S A NUMBER OF NO-COST STEPS. PUTTING ON A PRICE CAP AND REQUIRING MANDATORY UNLIMITED DATA PLANS. THAT’S A LOW-COST — NO COST, ACTUALLY. THAT WILL SAVE A LOT OF CANADIANS A LOT OF MONEY. AND HOUSING. A MASSIVE INVESTMENT WE NEED TO MAKE BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE COST OF HOUSING AND WITH RESPECT TO THE ENVIRONMENT WE WILL TACKLE CLIMATE CRISIS. AND MAKE INVESTMENTS. THOSE ARE THREE AREAS WHERE THERE IS A SERIOUS CONCERN AND WE WILL PUT A LOT OF EFFORT INTO. THANK YOU. I GOT AT THUMBS UP. AND I WILL GO WITH YOU.>>QUICKLY BEFORE WE GO. OVER THE PAST WEEK, THE GAP BETWEEN THE NDP AND GREENS HAS IN FACT WIDENED AND YOU’VE GAINED 2 POINTS. HOWEVER, STILL TO GET TO A POSITION THAT IS IN GOOD SHAPE FOR THE. NDP, YOU STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT? JUST IN THE PAST WEEK AND HOW YOU CONTINUE TO TAKE BACK YOUR GREEN SUPPORT.>>MY FOCUS IS Mr. TRUDEAU. I’M NOT WORRIED ABOUT ANYONE ELSE. I’M TRYING TO REPLACE Mr. TRUDEAU. BECAUSE PEOPLE DESERVE A GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR THEM. Mr. TRUDEAU HASN’T DONE. THAT HE HASN’T HAD BACKS OF PEOPLE, SHUT UP CHARLEY ANGUS. HE HASN’T. HE HAS MADE IT A PRIORITY TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR THE WEALTHIEST AND MAKE THEIR LIFE EASIER WHILE IT MAKES EVERYONE ELSE’S LIFE HARDER I WANT TO REPLACE THAT WITH A NEW DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT THAT IS IN IT FOR YOU. THAT IS IN IT FOR THE PEOPLE. THAT’S WHAT WE WANT TO DO. MERCI. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ Applause ]>>Peter: PETER VAN DUSEN WATCHING ALONG WITH YOU. JAGMEET SINGH THE NDP LEADER AT THE BOREAL COLLEGE IN SUDBURY AT

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