Liberals will fulfil promise of dental care for kids, Freeland says – CBC

Creation of a national dental care program is a condition of the Liberal-NDP agreement

Aug 09, 2022

The Liberal government is committed to its promise of delivering on a national dental care program, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday, though she noted that creating new government programs can be complicated.

Asked about concerns voiced by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh about the government’s ability to introduce the dental program, Freeland said it was one of the government’s pledges in its last budget.

“When it comes to dental care, we made a clear commitment in the budget to provide dental care for children under 12 in families earning $90,000 or less to provide dental care to those children this year,” Freeland told reporters after touring an automotive parts company in the Toronto area. “That was a commitment I was glad to make.”

“I think that it is very consistent with the values of Canadians. Kids should not have their teeth get rotten just because their parents don’t have enough money to pay for them to go see a dentist.”

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