Liberals and NDP announce supply and confidence agreement to offer stable government until 2025

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      Prime Minister Justin Trudeau no longer has to worry about opposition parties forcing an election to bring down his minority government.

      That's because the ruling Liberals have reached a confidence and supply agreement with the NDP.

      Under this deal, the NDP will support the government on budget and confidence votes.

      The agreement also calls for a minimum of one meeting every three months between the party leaders, regular meetings of the two parties' house leaders and whips, and monthly "take-stock meetings by an oversight group" of staff and politicians.

      The Liberals and NDP have agreed to priorities the following:

      * a new dental-care program for low-income Canadians, beginning with those under 12 years of age in 2022 and expanding to 18-year-olds, seniors, and people with a disability by 2023; full implementation would occur in 2025;

      * passing a Canada Pharmacare Act by the end of 2023;

      * tabling a Safe Long-Term Care Act;

      * extending the Rapid Housing Initiative for another year;

      * refocusing the Rental Construction Financing Initiative on affordable housing;

      * providing a $500 one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit in 2022;

      * introducing an Early Learning and Child Care Act by the end of 2022;

      * accelerating the trajectory of emissions reductions to achieve net-zero no later than 2050;

      * creating a Clean Jobs Training Centre to support retention, redeployment, and training of workers to tackle the climate crisis;

      * developing a plan to phase out public financing of the fossil-fuel sector;

      * advancing home-energy-efficiency programs;

      * approving 20 days of paid sick leave for all federally regulated workers;

      * banning the use of replacement workers in federally regulated industries in which employers have locked out employees;

      * accelerating the implementation of a federal pathway to address murdered and missing indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people with Indigenous partners;

      * creating a standing federal-provincial-territorial table on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people;

      * changing taxes on financial institutions that have made a lot of money during the pandemic;

      * and expanding voting opportunities and retaining Quebec's number of seats in Parliament.