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Conservatives push to quash dental care bill as Parliament debates 2nd reading

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Feds outline new dental benefit for Canadian children under age 12
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos provided details Tuesday about the government’s new temporary dental benefit for parents of children under age 12. Duclos said the benefit would be in place while the government works on developing a “comprehensive” national dental plan – Sep 20, 2022

Federal Conservatives say the Liberal dental-care and rental-housing relief legislation will only add to inflation without providing relief from the rising cost of living.

MPs today are debating the government’s legislation to create an annual $650 dental benefit for low- and middle-income families for every child under the age of 12.

Read more: Expert flags potential for dental care clawbacks as result of federal program

The bill also gives low-income renters a one-time payment of $500.

The Conservatives are pushing an amendment to quash the bill entirely.

That is very unlikely to happen as the NDP and Liberals will both vote in favour of passing the bill.

Both initiatives were pushed by the NDP in exchange for its agreement to support the government on key votes until 2025.

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