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New Democrats and Liberals have agreed to a new deadline of March 1 for the government to introduce an insurance bill medicines in the House of Commons, as part of their support and trust agreement.

In accordance with this agreement, which aims to obtain the support of the NDP in key votes, the minority Liberals had promised to adopt by the end of the year a law which would lay the foundations for a future drug insurance program. But so far the parties have failed to reach consensus on what exactly that framework should look like, stalling negotiations.

New Democrats say they have insisted on a universal, single-payer program, while Liberals have repeatedly talked about the need to be fiscally responsible.

NDP health critic Don Davies said in a statement that he is aware that many people are not taking the medications they need because they don't have them. not the means. He said the situation is getting worse as Canadians face the high cost of living.

Mr. Davies argued that in this context, it is more important than ever to have a universal national pharmacare program.

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The House of Commons is scheduled to conclude for the holiday break by Friday and will resume on January 29.

Mr. Davies said earlier this week that the parties were in talks almost daily and that introducing a bill before the holidays was not out of the question. The new deadline allows these negotiations to be extended by several months.

The office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed this postponement to Radio-Canada.

The Liberals and New Democrats said negotiations remained constructive. But a government source told Radio-Canada that the discussions are taking longer than expected, hence the decision to extend the deadline.

With information from Christian Noël

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