Canada election: Promises Trudeau, Scheer, Singh, May and Blanchet have made
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, Conservatives’ Andrew Scheer, New Democrat Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois’ Yves-François Blanchet and 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.
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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 fueled 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 touts 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 paternal benefits “tax-free,” providing a non-refundable tax credit of 15 per cent and include 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: 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 environment plan.
- Sept. 15: Scheer tells reporters he will ratify the new North American free trade deal if he becomes prime minister.
- Sept. 15: Conservatives promise tax cut for the lowest income bracket, slicing rate from 15 per cent to 13.75 per cent.
- March 19: Liberals table the federal budget, outlining a series of promises pegged on reelection. Some key promises include the the creation of a Canadian Drug Agency, $300 million in incentives for those buying zero emission vehicles, and help 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. He 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 is 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 up to 2,000 entrepreneurs to help them start businesses, and give $250 for new businesses to develop a website or e-commerce platform.
- Feb 20: Singh says he would re-introduce 30-year terms to CMHC-insured mortgages for people who qualify for mortgages but need extra room in their budget. He says the NDP plan 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 townhall, 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 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: Establishing 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 expansion of language laws and money for immigration.
- May 16: 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.
- Jan. 17: Blanchet is named Bloc Québécois leader on promises he will tirelessly promote Quebec independence and to “win Quebec and win for Quebec.”
- April 11: Blanchet says will ensure the secularism of the Quebec state.
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— With files from The Canadian Press
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