Federal parties vying for victory on Oct. 21 will be making a range of pledges to Canadians in the weeks to come.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, the Conservatives’ Andrew Scheer, New Democrat Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet and the Green Party’s Elizabeth May are poised to promise plans on everything from health care to climate change and the economy.
To help make sense of it all, Global News is tracking what’s been promised by the major federal party leaders.
Here’s a running list of pledges the leaders have made in the months ahead of the election and during the campaign.
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- May 5: Scheer says a Conservative government would balance the books in five years.
- May 7: Scheer delivers a speech on foreign policy pledges, promising an “eyes wide open” approach with China. He says he would move the Canadian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He also promises to stand up to Russia.
- May 16: In a speech at the Economic Club of Canada, Scheer unveils a series of pledges on the economy, including “a Canada fuelled exclusively by Canadians by 2030.”
- May 28: As Bill C-71 passes, Scheer promises he would repeal the Liberals’ new firearms legislation.
- May 28: Scheer outlines several commitments on immigration. He says he would close a loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States. He also promises improved language training, better recognition of work credentials and refocusing the government-sponsored refugee program on victims of atrocities.
- June 3: Scheer says that as prime minister, he would establish an Interprovincial Free Trade Agreement as part of a plan he dubs “a closer and freer federation.”
- June 18: A Conservative government would establish clear timelines for pipeline approvals and, at times, invoke federal jurisdictions, the Tories say.
- June 19: Scheer reveals a climate plan with $2.5 billion worth of pledges, which he says will focus on “tech, not taxes.”
- June 20: The Conservatives promise to revoke Bill C-69, saying the Liberal bill will “phase out Canada’s oil and gas industry.”
- Aug. 20: Scheer says he will make maternity and parental benefits “tax-free,” providing a non-refundable tax credit of 15 per cent and including a corresponding credit to apply in Quebec.
- Sept. 6: Scheer says if elected, his government would create a certification system to let consumers know if certain digital products meet federal security standards. He dubs it a “Canada Cyber Safe” certification.
- Sept. 12: The Conservatives promise the removal of federal income tax from maternity and parental benefits by introducing a 15 per cent tax credit for income earned under both programs.
- Sept. 13: Scheer promises to bring back the public transit tax credit, which the party says is part of its environmental plan.
- Sept. 15: Scheer tells reporters he will ratify CUSMA, the new North American free trade deal, if he becomes prime minister.
- Sept. 15: The Conservatives promise tax cut for the lowest income bracket, slicing the rate from 15 per cent to 13.75 per cent.
- Sept. 16: The Tories promise a children’s fitness tax credit and a children’s art and learning credit, with additional money for parents of children with disabilities.
- Sept. 17: Conservatives promise to boost the federal contribution to the registered education savings plan from 20 per cent to 30 per cent for every dollar families add to the savings program, up to $2,500 per year.
- Sept. 18: The federal Conservatives say they can find $1.5 billion in savings each year by eliminating some of the federal funding received by businesses. Scheer says a Conservative government will review all federal business subsidies and eliminate programs where the funds benefit shareholders, corporate executives, foreign companies, lobbyists or consultants.
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- March 19: Liberals table the federal budget, outlining a series of promises pegged on re-election. Some key promises include the creation of a Canadian Drug Agency, $300 million in incentives for those buying zero-emission vehicles and help with cheaper mortgages for first-time homebuyers.
- May 22: Liberals promise to provide up to 18 new large ships, built in Canadian shipyards, for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. Trudeau also vows to open up the National Shipbuilding Strategy to a third shipyard, billed by defence analysts and political insiders as a move targeting voters in Quebec.
- June 10: Trudeau announces Liberals will ban “harmful” single-use plastics, such as forks and takeout containers, by 2021.
- Sept. 12: Trudeau promises an expansion of the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive program for Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., housing markets.
- Sept. 13: Trudeau promises to eliminate the “swipe fee” merchants pay to credit-card companies on every transaction, reduce the cost of federal incorporation, make federal business advisory services fee-free, create a voluntary payroll system to automate records for small businesses, launch a pilot project to give up to $50,000 to as many as 2,000 entrepreneurs to help them start businesses and give $250 to new businesses to develop a website or e-commerce platform.
- Sept. 16: A Liberal government would create up to 250,000 more spaces for children in before- and after-school childcare programs, Trudeau says.
- Sept. 17: The Liberals are promising that, if re-elected, they will boost the Canada Child Benefit and make maternity and parental leave benefits tax-free.
- Sept. 18: A re-elected Liberal government would increase old age security by an extra 10 per cent once a senior turns 75, and will boost the Canada Pension Plan survivor’s benefit by 25 per cent.
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- Feb 20: Singh says he would reintroduce 30-year terms to CMHC-insured mortgages for people who qualify for mortgages but need extra room in their budget. He says the NDP plans to build 500,000 affordable homes in the next decade, including investments in co-operative and non-market affordable housing units.
- May 13: Singh outlines a plan for climate change, saying he would help cut Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions almost in half over the next decade.
- June 16: Singh introduces his campaign platform, promising a range of policies, including a national pharmacare plan, higher taxes for the wealthy, caps on cellphone and internet bills, more affordable housing and improved education and living conditions for First Nations communities.
- June 21: Singh says an NDP government would make National Indigenous Peoples Day a statutory holiday and ensure the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is enshrined into Canadian law.
- Sept. 2: New Democrats say the party would “immediately” establish a $15 federal minimum wage.
- Sept. 4: At a town hall, Singh outlines his plans to beef up police resources to investigate hate crimes and impose a federal ban on carding.
- Sept. 12: Singh promised that his government would provide federal funding for a new hospital in Brampton, Ont.
- Sept. 13: The NDP promises the introduction of a price cap on cellphone and internet services, backed by a Telecom Consumers’ Bill of Rights, to make plans affordable and to end caps on internet usage.
- Sept. 14: The NDP vows to establish a Canadian Food Strategy aimed at building and linking local producers to consumers.
- Sept. 14: Singh says an NDP government would establish cash incentives to encourage new car buyers to buy zero-emission cars built in Canada.
- Sept. 14: Singh promised a $300-million automotive innovation strategy, however he says the money is contingent on keeping auto jobs in Canada.
- Sept. 15: Singh unveils policy promises targeted at voters in Quebec, including the expansion of language laws and money for immigration.
- Sept. 18: An NDP government would extend full public dental coverage to households making less than $70,000 a year.
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- May 16: The Green Party unveils an extensive climate action plan dubbed “Mission: Possible,” which includes ending all imports of foreign oil and prioritizing “adaptation measures” for Canada’s agriculture, fishing and forestry industries.
- Aug. 8: May reveals a plan to help transition Canadian fossil fuel workers to jobs in the renewable energy sector.
- Sept 16: The Green Party unveils its full election platform on a wide range of policy promises pegged on addressing the climate emergency.
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— With files from the Canadian Press