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Federal dental care benefit passes final reading in House of Commons-Zamkuwire

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Poilievre grills Liberals on economic action amid interest rate hike; Trudeau defends ‘rental and dental’ support

 

Speaking during question period in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre pressed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Liberal measures against inflation, referencing the Bank of Canada half-point interest rate hike earlier that day. Trudeau defended the government’s economic policies with the GST tax relief, senior dental care and low-income renter support amid global rising inflation rates, in turn asking why Conservatives are not supporting Canadians “on rental and dental.”

The House of Commons has voted to pass third reading of the Liberals’ dental-care benefit bill, which will allow the government to send cheques to modest-income families to pay for their kids’ dental needs.

The vote passed 172 to 138, with Conservatives and the Bloc Quebecois voting against the benefit.

The program would give children with families who make less than $90,000 a year as much as $650 per child.

To qualify, families will need to apply through the Canada Revenue Agency and attest that they have booked a dental visit for their kids, that they don’t have private insurance and that they will have out-of-pocket expenses for the appointment.

Families will also have to keep their receipts in case they are audited.

The bill also includes a one-time subsidy of $500 for low-income renters to help people cope with the cost of inflation.

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