MEDIA RELEASE - Liberals are failing our loved ones by refusing to fix long-term care

“During the pandemic, our loved ones in long-term care suffered or died due to a lack of proper care. The pandemic has shown us the devastating costs of government inaction and neglect in our health care system – drastic changes are needed to support seniors.
Justin Trudeau promised long-term care workers, residents, and their families better support and more funding during the 2021 campaign. He broke that promise. While the Liberals promised an $9 billion investment into improving the quality and availability of long-term care homes, Budget 2022 included only $1 million in new spending.

April 20th, 2022

Liberals are failing our loved ones by refusing to fix long-term care

Today, Canada’s NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement:

“During the pandemic, our loved ones in long-term care suffered or died due to a lack of proper care. The pandemic has shown us the devastating costs of government inaction and neglect in our health care system – drastic changes are needed to support seniors.

Justin Trudeau promised long-term care workers, residents, and their families better support and more funding during the 2021 campaign. He broke that promise. While the Liberals promised an $9 billion investment into improving the quality and availability of long-term care homes, Budget 2022 included only $1 million in new spending.

For seven years, the Liberals continue to underfund our health care system that is already struggling to care for our loved ones and support frontline workers.

Yesterday's announcement for long-term care improvements in New Brunswick is unfortunately not a new investment. Despite entering the 6th wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Liberals are failing to make the critical investments needed to meaningfully improve long-term care and senior care in New Brunswick and across the country.

New Democrats will continue to fight for our loved ones in long-term care and the improvements facilities need so both seniors and frontline workers receive the necessary support to make it through the pandemic. We will continue to push the government to implement national long-term care standards, to end private, for-profit, long-term care and to make investments that help long-term care workers.

Canadians deserve a government that is on the side of seniors, their families, and long-term care workers – one that follows through on promises made. New Democrats will always fight for families and workers, and the help they need."

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