MPs Debate Second Reading on Dental Care, Targeted Inflation Mitigation


A dentist at Riley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Dentistry checks Justin Perez’s teeth on January 22, 2016. (The Canadian Press/Michael Conroy)

Federal Conservatives say liberal dental care and rental housing relief laws will only fuel inflation and not mitigate the rising cost of living.

Member of Parliament Today we are discussing a government law that would create $650 annual dental benefits for low and middle income households for all children under the age of 12.

The measure also gives low-income renters a one-time payment of $500.

The Conservative Party is pushing for an amendment to scrap the bill altogether.

Both the NDP and the Liberal Party will vote in favor of passing the bill, so that is highly unlikely to happen.

Both initiatives were driven by the NDP in exchange for an agreement to back the government in major votes through 2025.

Laura Osman

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