Gateway Gazette

Who Promises What?

 

TrioBy  E.P. Whinters
We are on the brink of change and it behooves each of us to not only vote, but to vote according to what we truly believe – what will be best for the future of our nation and what we believe to be right in our hearts.

In an effort to assist anyone who might be interested or could use this, I created a comparison chart of the promises the three main parties have put forth for the coming election. I based the chart on an online National Post article. Information from each of the three websites is used as well, though this was not exhaustive. When possible, I tried to horizontally compare the promises, and when not, they are grouped according to topic. I endeavored to do this with strong conviction to present the three sets of promises without slander to the other parties. I encourage each of you to continue your research on the site of each of the three parties, as my chart is far from complete.

It is interesting to see the differences and the similarities, compare what we hear in the media to what is promised, and do they have a plan to pay for their promises.

       
  Liberal NDP Conservative
   
  ECONOMIC & SOCIAL ISSUES
Federal Tax Lower the federal income tax rate to 20.5 per cent on incomes between $44,700 and $89,401, paying for it by raising taxes on the wealthiest one per cent.   Bring in a “tax lock” law barring increases to federal personal and business income taxes, sales taxes and “discretionary payroll taxes” such as CPP and EI.
Budget Balancing Run a deficit and balance the budget in 2020. Balance the budget in 2016; A balanced budget in the first year of an NDP mandate. Promise to balance the budget this fiscal year.
Income Tax – Indiv Cut middle-class income-tax bracket to 20.5 per cent from current 22 per cent; create a new tax bracket of 33 per cent for annual incomes of more than $200,000. Not raise personal income-tax rates. Bring in a “tax lock” law barring increases to federal personal and business income taxes, sales taxes and “discretionary payroll taxes” such as CPP and EI.
  Cancel income-splitting for families; party calls it “a $2-billion tax break to the top 15 per cent of Canadians.” Cancel government’s income-splitting policy for families; says it helps only wealthiest 15 per cent. Introduced a “family tax cut” that allows couples with children under age 18 to split up to $50,000 of income; caps non-refundable benefit at $2,000
Universal Child Care Benefit Introduce a new income-tested, tax-free monthly Canada Child Benefit that would boost payments to all families with children and annual income below $150,000. Honour the expanded Universal Child Care Benefit. Increased Universal Child Care Benefit to $160 a month for children under age six, up from $100; added new monthly benefit of $60 for children age six to 17.
Child Care   Create $15-a-day national child care program, and create or maintain one million affordable child care spaces across Canada.  
    Create a million child care spaces over eight years, including 110,000 in B.C., where child care costs are highest. The party says the cost to parents would be no more than $15 a day.  
Promises Regarding Children     Better harmonize child car seat regulations with those of the United States to provide more choice and better prices.
      Increase the value of the 15-per-cent non-refundable adoption expense tax credit to $20,000 from $15,000 and make it fully refundable.
      Commit an additional $3.5 billion over five years toward maternal, newborn and child health initiative, on top of $2.8-billion commitment at G8 summit in 2010.
TSFA Cancel TFSA increase to $10,000, saying it helps well-off Canadians who need it the least. Reverse changes to TFSA contribution limits; says higher amount helps the wealthy and does little for middle-class Canadians. Increased annual contribution limit for tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) to $10,000 from $5,500.
Old Age Security Cancel Conservative plan to increase OAS eligibility age to 67. Cancel Conservative decision to increase OAS eligibility age to 67. Increased eligibility age for receiving Old Age Security benefits to 67 from 65.
Seniors   Increase the guaranteed income supplement for the poorest seniors by $400 million Bring in a $2,000 tax credit for single seniors to help nearly 1.6 million seniors with pension income.
    Spend $1.8 billion over four years to help provinces bolster health care for seniors by expanding home care for 41,000 seniors, creating 5,000 more nursing beds and improving palliative care services.  
       
Canada Pension Plan Increase Canada Pension Plan contributions and benefits for Canadians. Increase Canada Pension Plan contributions and benefits for Canadians. Are examining ways for Canadians to voluntarily contribute more to the Canada Pension Plan.
    Convene a first minister’s meeting to discuss expansion of the Canada and Quebec pension plans within six months of taking office. Bring in a “tax lock” law barring increases to federal personal and business income taxes, sales taxes and “discretionary payroll taxes” such as CPP and EI.
Corporate Tax   Increase income-tax rates on Canada’s largest corporations to about the levels that existed before the Conservatives took office. Reduce corporate tax rate
Small Business Tax Retain tax breaks for small businesses but want to ensure this doesn’t primarily benefit the wealthy. Cut small-business tax rate to nine per cent from current 11 per cent. Reduced small-business tax rate to nine per cent from current 11 per cent by 2019; have reduced corporate tax rate from about 22 per cent to 15 per cent.
      Bring in a “tax lock” law barring increases to federal personal and business income taxes, sales taxes and “discretionary payroll taxes” such as CPP and EI.
Small Business Promises     Simplify the calculation of home-office expense deductions.
EI Reduce EI premiums drop to $1.65 per $100 earned from $1.88. That’s less than the $1.49 rate that the Tories committed to in the 2015 budget, but the Liberals say the extra money would be reinvested, with $500 million going to the provinces for skills training. Reduce wait times for a first EI payment to one week from two at a cost of $710 million. Freeze EI premiums for the next four years and spend more on training, while increasing benefits for young people, so-called precarious workers and new parents. Ease eligibility restrictions for EI benefits. Bring in a “tax lock” law barring increases to federal personal and business income taxes, sales taxes and “discretionary payroll taxes” such as CPP and EI.
  Make employment insurance compassionate care benefits available to anyone caring for a seriously ill family member and make the program more flexible by allowing the six-month benefit to be claimed in blocks of time over a year-long period.    
Apprenticeship Job Creation Give $500 million to the provinces for skilled trades training, and devote $200 million for federal training programs. Set aside another $50 million to help aboriginal people improve their skills and job prospects.   Increase the apprenticeship job creation tax credit, first introduced in 2006 to create incentives to foster skilled trades, to a maximum of $2,500, up from $2,000, and extend it to include the third and fourth years of eligible training.
Employment     Aim to create 1.3 million net new jobs by 2020.
      Retool $2-billion-per-year Labour Market Development Agreements with provinces to reorient training towards needs of employers and job seekers.
Youth Spend about $1.5 billion over four years on a youth job strategy to help 125,000 young people find a job. Provide up to $100 million a year to create more than 40,000 jobs, paid internships and co-op placements for youth over four years.  
    Give $28 million for Sport Canada to help poor and disadvantaged youth to play sports.  
    Set up a $100-million, four-year mental health innovation fund for children and youth, including $15 million a year for health-care providers and community mental health associations and $10 million a year for research and information-sharing among health-care providers.  
Health & Health Care Strengthen the federal government’s role in safeguarding the national health-care system; meet with the premiers on how to improve the system in areas such as wait times, affordability of prescription drugs, and availability of homecare. Reverse a planned reduction in the rate of increase in provincial health transfers, due to set in two years from now. Beginning in 2017–18, increase annual health funding to provinces to grow in line with nominal GDP, guaranteed to increase three per cent each year (current increases are six per cent annually).
  Spend $3 billion over four years on home care. Establish a pan-Canadian Expert Advisory Council on Mental Health. Restore 6% annual increase to health-care transfers to the provinces  
    Spend $1.8 billion over four years to help provinces bolster health care for seniors by expanding home care for 41,000 seniors, creating 5,000 more nursing beds and improving palliative care services.  
    Invest $300 million to build 200 additional health clinics and spend $200 million on recruitment grants for health-care professionals. Devote $40 million to deal with Alzheimer’s and dementia, including money for research, screening, early diagnosis and treatment and help for families seeking care for afflicted relatives.  
    Set up a $100-million, four-year mental health innovation fund for children and youth, including $15 million a year for health-care providers and community mental health associations and $10 million a year for research and information-sharing among health-care providers.  
Drugs & Perscriptions Improve access to and reduce the cost of prescription medications through bulk purchasing. Provide $2.6 billion over four years and work with provinces to establish universal prescription drug coverage. Aim to cut drug costs by 30 per cent through bulk purchases.  
Home Promises Change the rules to allow people to dip into their RRSPs more than once to buy a home.   A permanent home-renovation tax credit — an update to the temporary credit introduced in 2009 — costing $1.5 billion a year, but contingent on a stronger economy. Applies to $5,000 worth of renovation costs, down from $10,000 in 2009.
      Raise to $35,000 the amount that first-time homebuyers can withdraw tax free from RRSPs to finance a home purchase. Track the impact of home purchases by foreign, non-residents to ensure this doesn’t skew the market against Canadian buyers.
      Aim to create 700,000 new homeowners by 2020.
Business Promises (inc. provincial & special industries) A refundable tax benefit of up to $150 for teachers who spend their own money on school supplies. Create a payment-protection program for farmers who don’t get paid if they sell their products to U.S. companies that go bankrupt. Cut “red tape” for businesses stemming from legislation and policy rules in addition to regulations.
    Create a million child care spaces over eight years, including 110,000 in B.C., where child care costs are highest. The party says the cost to parents would be no more than $15 a day. Establish a not-for-profit agency in Burlington, Ont., to help develop new products and technology for manufacturing, with a budget of $30 million a year for five years. Set up a new trade-promotion office to help attract new business for exporters, paid for by reallocating other government resources.
    Boost the forestry sector with $55 million for manufacturing facilities, $40-million for research and development, and $10 million to promote Canadian wood products abroad. Extend the existing 15-per-cent mineral exploration tax credit first implemented in 2006, and create a new 25-per-cent credit for hard-to-reach mines.
    Invest an additional $90 million in the federal automotive supplier innovation program over the next five years. Invest $20 million in the lobster industry over three years, including a $15-million partnership with the Lobster Council of Canada to market and promote lobster abroad, plus $5 million for research.
    Create a $160-million, four-year fund to help small- and medium-sized aerospace companies adopt new technology and increase production. Create a $100-million manufacturing technology demonstration fund available to large, pre-commercial projects in the advanced manufacturing sector.
      An extended partnership with the Pacific Salmon Foundation and $15 million to restore British Columbia estuaries.
Tourism   Invest $30 million over three years in Destination Canada, a Crown corporation responsible for promoting Canada as a tourist destination. Earmark $9 million over three years starting in 2016 for a tourism program to attract recreational anglers, hunters and snowmobiles from the U.S.
Various Tax Breaks   A $40-million tax credit for businesses that invest in machinery, equipment and property used in innovative research and development. Provide a tax break on membership fees to organizations such as the Kiwanis, Lions and Royal Canadian Legion.
New Canadians     Add $40 million over five years for an existing federal loans program that offers financial support to new Canadians while they complete the foreign credential recognition process. The money comes on top of $35 million committed to the program in the last budget.
Arts & Media Provide $380 million in additional funding for the arts and undo Conservative funding cuts to the CBC. Provide $60 million over four years to Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board. Loosen rules for grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. Allow self-employed artists to average their incomes. Establish a new $10-million digital content fund to support celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Create an endowment fund for museums that would match the money the institutions raise privately, with a cap of about $15 million a year.
Special Groups     Increase the maximum annual Canada Disability Savings Grant for low- and middle-class families to $4,000 from $3,500.
Education & Savings Increase Canada Student Grants by 50 per cent to $3,000 a year. Allow students to wait until they’re earning at least $25,000 a year before requiring them to start repaying student loans.   Raise government contribution when low- and middle-income families invest in education savings plans. A family earning up to $44,000 would get $200 for the first $500 put away for a child’s higher education plan each year, while a family earning up to $88,000 would receive $100 on the first $500 each year.
      Provide $65 million over four years, starting in 2016–17, to business and industry associations to allow them to work with post-secondary institutions to better align curricula with needs of employers.
Misc Change labour laws to ensure that employees in federally regulated industries have the right to ask their bosses for flexible work hours. A New Democrat government would not ratify a Trans Pacific Partnership.  
  Restore door-to-door mail delivery Restore door-to-door home mail delivery by Canada Post for households that lost it under Conservative government.  
  Reinstate the long-form census and make Statistics Canada independent. Reinstate the mandatory long-form census, which the government replaced with the voluntary National Household Survey.  
  Impose new restrictions on marketing unhealthy food and drinks to children. Commit $7 million a year to a Joint Emergency Preparedness Program for disasters such as floods and fires and earmark an additional $2 million for emergency training programs.  
   
  SECURITY / MILITARY / TERRORISM / DEFENSE
Military Aid End the bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria but keep military trainers in Iraq End Canadian participation in the bombing campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria and pull out all military personnel from Iraq and Syria; Committed Canada to a military mission against ISIL, sending CF-18 fighter jets to Iraq and Syria.
Bill C-51 Make amendments to anti-terrorism Bill C-51 by: limiting the sharing of personal data to 17 government departments and agencies with national security responsibilities; eliminating CSIS’s new power to obtain court warrants to break the law in some cases to disrupt suspected terrorists; adding a three-year sunset provisions on some parts of the law and mandatory parliamentary reviews of the extraordinary security measures. Repeal Bill C-51, the anti-terrorism act. Passed Bill C-51, with broad new powers to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to expand surveillance and actively disrupt threats to national security. The bill makes it illegal to promote terrorism; lowers the legal threshold required for police to arrest and detain suspected extremists without charge; and allows more than 100 government entities to exchange Canadians’ confidential information if it is “relevant” to a potential or suspected national security threat.
Humanitarian & Foreign Aid & Refugees Boost humanitarian aid to help refugees; allow more refugees into the country from Iraq and Syria. boost humanitarian aid to help refugees affected by ISIL; Bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country by the end of the year. Bring 10,000 additional refugees from Syria and Iraq. Spend $9 million over three years to help the Office of Religious Freedom protect places of worship and religious artifacts targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
  Reverse the decline in foreign aid. Increase Canada’s foreign aid to 0.7 per cent of gross national income, or GNI (Canada currently spends 0.24 per cent of GNI on foreign aid).  
National Security Create an all-party national security oversight committee to oversee the 17 government departments and agencies with national security responsibilities. Provide more independent review of Canada’s national security agencies. Committed $292 million over five years to help RCMP, CSIS and the Canada Border Services Agency combat terrorism.
      Created a new parliamentary police force by integrating the former, separate House and Senate security staffs into the Parliamentary Protective Service, while also committing $39 million in additional funding for operational security measures in the Parliamentary precinct.
      Expand federal laws that make it a crime for Canadians to head overseas to fight alongside groups officially identified by the federal government as a terrorist organization. Essentially it would declare certain areas no-travel zones for most Canadians, with exceptions for journalists and humanitarian workers.
Specific to Terrorism   Support a counter-radicalization program Commit an additional $10 million over five years to the Kanishka Project, which was established in 2011 to fund research into preventing and countering violent extremism.
Travel Scrap the visa requirement for Mexicans travelling to Canada.   Impose travel bans against people who’ve already been sanctioned by the Canadian government and expand the list of reasons for implementing sanctions.
Canadian Forces     Establish a Canadian Forces reserve unit in the Yukon, the first such unit in the territory since the Yukon Regiment was disbanded in 1968.
      Add 6,000 people to the ranks of the Canadian Forces reserves at a cost of $163 million over three years and $63.4 million going forward once the target of 30,000 personnel is reached.
      By 2020, add 665 personnel to Canada’s special operation forces, which consists of 1,900 members.
Dept of National Defense Scrap the purchase of the F-35 fighter jet and instead buy cheaper planes to replace the aging CF-18s and use the savings to pay for offshore Arctic patrol vessels for the navy being built in Halifax.   Increase Department of National Defence’s budget to three per cent starting in 2017-18, totalling an additional $11.8 billion over 10 years.
Veterans Re-open nine Veterans Affairs regional offices closed by the Conservative government. Re-open the nine Veterans Affairs regional offices closed by the Conservative government. Improve the earnings loss benefit for veterans with service-related disabilities or injuries by letting them earn up to $10,000 in outside work, without losing any government funding.
  $300 million a year to reform veterans’ benefits and delivery of services to vets. Spend $454 million over four years to provide treatment for veterans suffering from the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Issue official veterans cards as formal proof of service to every member of the military who completes basic training and is honourably released.
Relations with Other Countries Create a cabinet committee to oversee and manage Canada’s relationship with the United States.    
  Host a new trilateral summit with the United States and Mexico.    
Misc Make Canada a “world leader” at multinational institutions. Investigate and prosecute war crimes.  
  Ease rules to speed up family reunification for immigrants.    
   
  ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
Pipelines Continue to oppose proposed Northern Gateway pipeline; support Energy East and Keystone XL pipelines. Continue opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline; it initially supported concept of west-east pipeline, but says Energy East can’t be approved without more stringent environmental review process; opposes Keystone XL pipeline. Approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline that would run from Alberta to the coast of Kitimat, B.C.; support the proposed TransCanada Energy East project, a west-to-east oil pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick; support proposed TransCanada Keystone XL oilsands pipeline from Alberta to U.S. Gulf Coast.
Carbon Emissions & Emissions General Put a price on carbon pollution that allows provinces to design their own carbon pricing policies. Create a national cap-and-trade system with a market price on carbon emissions to combat greenhouse gas emissions; revenue from cap-and-trade would be invested in a greener energy sector in regions where dollars are generated. Committed to reducing Canada’s emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, largely relying on provincial measures to meet that goal.
  Partner with provinces and territories to establish national emissions-reduction targets. Provinces would be allowed to opt out of cap-and-trade system if their efforts to bring down emissions are as good or better than those of the federal government.  
  Hold First Ministers’ meeting with premiers within 90 days of the Paris UN climate change conference this December to establish a framework for reducing Canada’s carbon footprint.    
Fossil Fuels Phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. Redirect $1 billion a year from fossil fuel subsidies to investment in the clean energy sector. Agreed with other G7 nations to move to a low-carbon economy by 2050 and eliminate use of fossil fuels by the end of the century.
Environmental Responsibilities Increase the amount of Canada’s protected marine and coastal areas to five per cent by 2017 and 10 per cent by 2020.   An extended partnership with the Pacific Salmon Foundation and $15 million to restore British Columbia estuaries.
  Put a moratorium on tanker traffic along the northern coast of British Columbia. Reinstate $40 million cut from the ocean science and monitoring program at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Increase protected marine and coastal areas to five per cent from 1.3 per cent by 2017, and to 10 per cent by 2020.   Allot $5 million annually for programs to sustain habitats that support bird, moose and turkey populations, starting in 2017. Create a family bird-hunting permit and allow the use of crossbows for hunting birds.
Home Energy   Work with provinces to create a new fund to help Canadians retrofit their homes and offices to save energy and money.  
    Spend $200 million over four years to help retrofit 50,000 homes and 15,000 apartments to make them more energy efficient. Invest $150 million over four years in a green municipal fund to help with sustainable local projects and cleaner transit.  
Sustainable Development & Clean Energy / Innovative Goals Invest $200 million a year to develop clean technologies in forestry, fisheries, mining, energy and farming. Put another $100 million into organizations that promote clean technology firms. Invest in Sustainable Development Technology Canada – including wind, hydro, solar and geothermal technologies – to create thousands of new jobs for Canadians.  
  Put up $200 million a year for three years to help research facilities, small business incubators and exporters and invest another $100 million a year for an industrial research assistance program. Invest an additional $90 million in the federal automotive supplier innovation program over the next five years.  
  Invest millions in clean technologies and enhance tax measures to create more green jobs. A $40-million tax credit for businesses that invest in machinery, equipment and property used in innovative research and development.  
  Along with the U.S. and Mexico, develop a North American clean energy and environmental agreement. Create a $160-million, four-year fund to help small- and medium-sized aerospace companies adopt new technology and increase production.  
Misc Introduce an environmental review process with more “teeth.” Put $100 million toward helping 25 northern and remote communities wean themselves off diesel generation.  
   
  JUSTICE
Marijuana Legalize pot and allow it to be sold – and taxed – in approved outlets. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he expects people would not be allowed to buy the drug until they turn 18 or 19, depending on the province in which they live. Immediately decriminalize marijuana, where users aren’t criminally prosecuted so nobody goes to jail for smoking a joint; party is open to considering legalization, but is calling for a commission to consult Canadians and instruct Parliament on how to carefully regulate non-medical use. Will not decriminalize / legalize marijuana
      Consider Canadian police chiefs’ call for ticketing system for people possessing 30 grams of pot or less.
      Another $4.5 million a year, on top of the $22 million currently budgeted, for an RCMP team designed to crack down on illegal drug labs and marijuana grow-ops. Allot $500,000 a year over four years on a national toll-free hotline for parents to call to get information about drug use among youth.
Sentences for Criminals Consider reviewing madatory minimum sentences.   Re-introduce previously tabled legislation to imprison the most brutal criminals for the rest of their natural lives and quickly deport hardcore foreign criminals.
      Resurrect the “life means life” legislation that died in the Commons when the election was called. The bill would mean that those who commit the most heinous murders or high treason would spend the rest of their lives behind bars and not be eligible for parole.
Gun Laws Repeal changes made by Bill C-42 that allow restricted and prohibited weapons to be freely transported without a permit, and we will put decision-making about weapons restrictions back in the hands of police, not politicians;   Also, to enact an amended version of the government’s previous mandatory-minimum sentencing law for gun crimes, which was struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada.
  Provide $100 million each year to the provinces and territories to support guns and gangs police task forces to take illegal guns off our streets and reduce gang violence    
  Require purchasers of firearms to show a license when they buy a gun, and require all sellers of firearms to confirm that the license is valid before completing the sale    
  Require firearms vendors to keep records of all firearms inventory and sales to assist police in investigating firearms trafficking and other gun crimes    
  immediately implement the imported gun marking regulations    
  We will not create a new national long-gun registry to replace the one that has been dismantled.    
  We will ensure that Canada becomes a party to the international Arms Trade Treaty.    
Drinking and Driving   Strengthen laws to keep drunk drivers off of streets. Toughen penalties for drunk drivers.
Women & Children Violence   Invest $40 million over four years to restore cuts to shelters for women fleeing violence, creating or renovating 2,100 spaces in first-stage shelters and 350 spaces in transition houses. Provide new money for child advocacy centres.
Human Trafficking     Establish new RCMP human trafficking teams in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg at an annual cost of $8 million for five years. Renew the national plan to combat human trafficking for five years at a cost of $20 million.
Gang Activity and Terrorist Groups Provide $100 million each year to the provinces and territories to support guns and gangs police task forces to take illegal guns off our streets and reduce gang violence   Create a formal list of criminal gangs, similar to what is done with designated terrorist groups. Put $2.5 million more a year into efforts to steer teens away from gang activity. Enact a law imposing two-year, mandatory minimum sentence for financial fraud over $5,000 with multiple victims, unless the offender pays full restitution.
Police & RCMP   Spend $250 million over four years to recruit 2,500 new police officers. Commit $100 million year thereafter to a recruiting program.  
Supreme Court Require judicial nominees to the Supreme Court of Canada to speak both official languages. Introduce legislation demanding Supreme Court of Canada justices be bilingual.  
   
  INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT
Provincial and Municpal Infrastructure Boost infrastructure funding through “alternative sources of capital” such as having large pension funds invest in major infrastructure projects in urban and rural communities.   $5.3 billion a year, on average, for provincial and municipal infrastructure under the New Building Canada Plan.
  Provide infrastructure funding for affordable housing, public transit, transportation, climate change and “smart cities.”    
  Hold a big city mayors’ meeting in Ottawa annually to discuss pressing infrastructure issues facing cities.    
  Increase federal infrastructure investment to almost $125 billion, from the current $65 billion, over the next decade. Provide new, dedicated funding to provinces, territories and municipalities for public transit, social infrastructure and green infrastructure.    
Infrastructure to 2017 Celebration     $150 million for Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to fund community and cultural infrastructure projects across the country as a way to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017.
Public Transit Provide $1.5 billion for public transit in Calgary Develop a better transit plan with the provinces and territories and invest $1.3 billion annually over next 20 years for predictable and stable public transit funding for municipalities. A New Public Transit Fund committing the federal government to spend $250 million in 2017, $500 million in 2018 and $1 billion a year after 2019.
  Help fund a Montreal rapid transit expansion, as well as a light-rail project on the Champlain Bridge linking Montreal to the suburban South Shore.   Provide $700 million for light-rail transit in Surrey, B.C.
Highways     Spend $14 million to pave a stretch of a scenic highway between Fort Smith and Hay River in the Northwest Territories.
Marine Transportation   Re-open the maritime rescue sub-centre in St. John’s, N.L., and re-open the Coast Guard marine communications and traffic services centres in St. John’s and St. Anthony. Have coast guard search and rescue capabilities available at all hours. Support for a new marine terminal in Montreal and an expanded cruise ship terminal in Quebec City.
Internet     Spend $200 million to expand the country’s high-speed broadband Internet network across remote and rural areas.
Gasoline   Dedicate an additional one cent of the existing 10-cents-per-litre federal gas tax to roads, bridges and other core infrastructure, reaching an additional $1.5-billion annually by the end of an NDP government’s first mandate, on top of almost $2.2 billion in existing annual gas tax transfers to municipalities.  
Misc Kill a planned toll system on a rebuilt Champlain Bridge in Montreal.    
   
  DEMOCRATIC REFORM & GOVERNANCE
Senate Create a non-partisan, independent process for advising the prime minister on Senate appointments. Abolish the Senate (which requires constitutional talks with the provinces). Place a moratorium on new Senate appointments in an effort to pressure the provinces to accept reforms to the upper chamber or abolish it.
  Bring in a merit-based appointment process for the Senate.    
Electoral System Reform Revamp the electoral process by eliminating the first-past-the-post voting system; will study measures such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting. Replace the current first-past-the-post electoral system with a mixed member proportional system, which combines proportional representation of parties in House of Commons with direct election of MP in each riding. Introduce legislation that would require Canadians’ approval in national referendum before first-past-the-post electoral system could be changed.
NOTE ON ‘FIRST PAST THE POST’ ELECTORAL SYSTEM “First past the past” and “single member plurality” describes the Canadian electoral system. In each electoral district or riding, the candidate with the most number of votes in an election wins a seat in the House of Commons or the legislative assembly in provincial and territorial elections. The leader of the party which wins the highest number of seats, rather than the party with the highest percentage of overall vote, is asked to form the government.
Positions Reform Ban partisan government ads and appoint an Advertising Commissioner to help the Auditor General provide oversight on government advertising. Strengthen the mandate and independence of the Parliamentary Budget Officer and make the position an Officer of Parliament.  
    Bring in legislation to make the parliamentary budget officer a fully independent officer of Parliament and require government departments and agencies to make financial information available to the PBO.  
    Establish an Office of the Parliamentary Science Officer.  
Access of Information Changes Introduce changes to strengthen the Access to Information system and ensure this applies to the Prime Minister’s Office and ministers’ offices.    
Expense Reports Create a quarterly, more detailed parliamentary expense report    
Transparency Open up the secretive House of Commons Board of Internal Economy.    
Misc Allow more time for questions and answers during question period, and introduce a prime minister’s question period.    
   
  ABORIGINAL ISSUES
Truth and Reconcilliation Commission Implement all 94 recommendations from Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Act on other recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Review the 94 recommendations released in June by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which the Tory government established as part of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
Murdered & Missing Aboriginal Women Call a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women. Call a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women,  
Aboriginal Communities   Reduce poverty and increase opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada. Commit $567 million over five years for Aboriginal people and northerners to help build “stronger communities.”
    Spend $32 million over four years to ensure more northerners have access to nutritious food.  
    Put $100 million toward helping 25 northern and remote communities wean themselves off diesel generation.  
Training & Education Provide stable, predictable funding for First Nations education to close the “unacceptable gap” in learning outcomes for First Nations students. Improve educational outcomes Budget promises include $215 million to provide skills development and training for aboriginal peoples; $200 million to improve First Nations education and outcomes in schools
  Add $515 million a year to funding for First Nations education, rising through the mandate to a total of $2.6 billion. Add another $500 million over three years for education infrastructure and $50 million more a year for a program that helps aboriginals in post-secondary education.   Provide $500 million to building and renovating schools on reserves.
Land Management Laws     $30.3 million to expand a plan that helps communities create their own land management laws to improve economic development on reserve lands.
Misc Create more transparency and accountability with First Nations; pass legislation in consultation with First Nations people on implementing the reforms. Create a cabinet committee, chaired by the prime minister, to ensure federal government decisions respect treaty rights and Canada’s international obligations.  
  Rebuild the relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians.    
   

 

Source of Information

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-parties-platforms

http://www.liberal.ca/realchange/

http://www.ndp.ca/platform

http://www.conservative.ca/plan/

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