“What this means is during this uncertain time the government can function with predictability and stability, present and implement budgets and get things done for Canadians,” Trudeau declared.
Trudeau's Liberal Party won reelection in September, but was unable to secure the majority in the Parliament. The Liberals will rely on the opposition to adopt legislation. Its NDP party will back Trudeau's Liberals as a condition for negotiating deals regarding dental and pharmaceutical plans; however, it will not include a member within Trudeau's Cabinet. Trudeau declared that the NDP will not have a vote on any budget or legislation.
“We've agreed to work together,” Trudeau declared. “It's about focusing on what we agree on instead of what we disagree on.”
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says it's not an alliance within the government and in the event that the Liberals fail to meet the conditions, the agreement won't be able to continue. However, he is confident that the deal will be successful.
Truckers and anti-vaccine protesters who occupied areas of Ottawa, the capital, demanded that Trudeau's administration be removed earlier in the year. Trudeau is now guaranteed to stay in power for several years.
“This is nothing more than a Justin Trudeau power grab,” the interim Conservative Party leader Candice Bergen declared.
Trudeau declared that he would be a candidate again when the next election is scheduled, which must happen by 2025.
“As I've said a number of times, I am planning on continuing to serve Canadians through and beyond the next election,” Trudeau stated.
However, there is a lot of doubt that he'll do it as he has been in office for more than 10 years and has seen a decrease in his popularity, as well as increased animosity towards him across the western part of Canada.
Trudeau is remembered for his evocation of “sunny ways” when he became the prime minister in 2015 , aged 43. He was the second-youngest Canadian prime minister in history. There have been some setbacks since that time, but he's been reelected two times.
Slim and tall, Trudeau was a star in the making, but not the political power of his father Pierre Trudeau, who swept into power in 1968 riding the back of a popular support wave known as “Trudeaumania.” Pierre Trudeau, who was the premier from 1984, with an interruption of a few months, is an uncommon Canadian political figure who is well-known in America and his personality often made people make comparisons to John F. Kennedy.
Daniel Beland, a politics professor at McGill University in Montreal, said the deal will bring the stability needed by Trudeau's Liberal minority government, while also encouraging additional spending priorities that are left-leaning, such as dental treatment and coverage for medical drugs to the agenda of policy.
“This would create a frustrating situation, with less clout for the Conservative Party of Canada,” Beland stated.
Beland says the duration of Trudeau's presidency is remarkable, noting that it would make Trudeau one of the longest-running prime ministers in recent times, along with Jean Chretien and Stephen Harper, both of whom served for a decade.
“However, his father Pierre Trudeau, the third longest serving Prime Minister in Canadian history, served for more than 15 years, a performance his son might struggle to emulate,” Beland stated.
Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at the University of Toronto, said the agreement will put Trudeau in an ideal position to broaden the social welfare net, and this is probably what he'd like to be remembered for.
“I think he realizes that and to some extent that's what's behind it,” Bothwell stated. “A lot of people when they think of Trudeau, they just think of showy gestures, and they think of semi woke politics.”
Bothwell stated that Trudeau's legacy includes moving the party from being a third-party, to becoming Canada's primary party. “Politically that's a very considerable achievement. And he stopped the rightward drift under Stephen Harper, and that's significant,” Bothwell declared.
Bothwell stated that Russia's war with Ukraine could trigger another cold war. There could be pressure from Canada to increase the defense budget up from 2 percent of the GDP, which is an amount that has for a long time been lagging.
“The last time Canada had a really high defense expenditure was about 4% in the 1950s and 60s. When that happened they just put off any idea of expanding the social safety net,” Bothwell stated.
Bothwell claimed that taxes could rise. “There's room,” he declared.