Canadian Election Results
On October 19 the public mood for political change came together
strongly behind Justin Trudeau. The wave of change swept the Liberals to
power and Mr. Trudeau to 24 Sussex with a solid majority government. This
new mandate will bring with it a significant change of direction with
respect to government policy and the legislative agenda.
CDHA has always taken a multi-partisan approach and we are well placed
to advance the interests of CDHA members with the new government. CDHA is
also very proud of the work done by members and staff to promote the issue
of preventive oral care to candidates and parties during the election.
The new Liberal team is now turning its attention to the transition that
will see them set the groundwork for their new government quickly in
Policy Areas of Greatest Change
- Tax policy and overall fiscal policy including the willingness to
go into deficit in a significant way;
- Health policy;
- Environmental policy;
- First Nations policy;
CDHA can also anticipate a change in style and in the consultative
nature of government.
It is essential for CDHA to develop new relationships and strengthen
existing ones, in addition to framing advocacy agendas early with MPs.
The Conservatives will still be a force in the House of Commons as the
Official Opposition but will be focused on rebuilding towards the next page
of conservative movement. The NDP suffered a significant defeat falling to
third place and losing nearly 60 seats; they will now be fighting for
relevance after being outdone by the Liberals.
CDHA will be sending letters of congratulations and expressions of
support to newly elected Members of Parliament and thanking outgoing MPs
who were champions of our agenda. CDHA encourages all members to reach out
to their MP’s to further discuss preventive oral care and the importance of