One of the key pillars of the federal NDP feels certain about the role of New Democrats in the next Parliament.
Jenny Kwan, who has been re-elected as MP for Vancouver East, says her party will be heard loud about a number of issues that are important to Canadians.
“We will bring a very strong New Democrat voice to the House of Commons,” Kwan told the Georgia Straight at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, where the NDP is holding its election night event.
Kwan cited most of the six conditions laid down earlier by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh for New Democrats to cooperate with a minority government.
“We want to see a national pharmacare program that includes dental care,” Kwan said.
Kwan also said that New Democrats “want to ensure that climate action is a top priority with the new government”.
The NDP’s platform called for thousands of new affordable housing, and Kwan said New Democrats want to see the government “build housing for Canadians”.
Kwan also mentioned another of Singh’s condition, which is the abolition of interests on student loans.
“The government should not be making off of students,” she said.
Kwan also said that New Democrats want to ensure that “climate action is a top priority with the new government”.
Kwan said that she will leave it up to Singh to address the issue of how important is stopping the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline in any arrangement with Liberals and Justin Trudeau.
Singh's other conditions include a wealth tax, and the reduction of cell phone bills.