2018 in Review: Liberals Choose Rich Corporations Over Everyday People

Trudeau’s Liberal government’s record in 2018 is defined by an unwillingness to help out Canadians struggling to make ends meet.

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December 18, 2018

2018 IN REVIEW: LIBERALS CHOOSE RICH CORPORATIONS OVER EVERYDAY PEOPLE

SASKATOON – Trudeau’s Liberal government’s record in 2018 is defined by an unwillingness to help out Canadians struggling to make ends meet, but proving they are more than willing to give massive tax giveaways to the most profitable corporations and richest people in society, according to the NDP.

“In Canada, if you cut your finger, you go to a doctor and get treated with stitches. When it’s done, you walk out and never see a bill. But if you walk into a doctor’s office and get diagnosed with an ailment that requires prescription medication, you’re at the mercy of your ability to pay,” said NDP MP Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West). “Despite already having repeated studies, proposals, and pledges on the need of pharmacare here in Canada, the Liberal government launched another long-term study to look into it instead of acting on the extremely high prices of prescriptions drugs in this country. Canada remains the only major country that offers universal health care without a national drug plan. This is wrong.”

Layoffs, plant closures and precarious work have left many Canadians on shaky ground, hoping they'll be able to get through this holiday season. As it stands, more than half of all Canadians are $200 away from not being able to pay their bills and this season many of us will take on even more debt. Instead of bringing in immediate relief for people facing a housing crisis and crushing personal debt, Trudeau's priority has been to give billions of dollars in corporate giveaways with no strings attached such as the $14 billion they gave to corporations this fall.

“Mr. Trudeau doesn't understand what people are actually going through and his choices this past year reflect that,” added Benson. “New Democrats are in your corner. We will always push to get the results Canadians need in their daily lives. Because this is not as good as it gets and we can do so much more, together.”