Jagmeet Singh is indicating a tough stand for cooperation with the minority liberal government in Parliament today.
The NDP leader says his caucus is ready to “hold the vote” if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau goes ahead with the legislation.
Speaking at a press conference, Singh revealed that Trudeau, who failed to secure a majority in the election, did not reach Parliament to discuss or negotiate cooperation with the NDP.
He says Trudeau may show interest in working closely with the policies the NDP is pushing, such as clean drinking water and affordable housing for indigenous communities.
Singh says the NDP would even be willing to withhold votes on the government’s budget if it included measures he doesn’t believe will help the Canadian people.
Singh made the remarks after the NDP’s first caucus meeting after the election and says a review of the party’s campaign will see whether the party should have campaigned more on the ground.