Justin Trudeau promise tracker 2019

Here are all of Justin Trudeau’s promises in federal election 2019

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won re-election—and now lead a minority government. Here’s what they have planned—and what their opposition wants, too

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Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won re-election on Oct. 21. The party made dozens of promises during the 40-day campaign, and unlike the last four years, they don’t hold the majority of seats in the House of Commons. Now that Trudeau’s team has to win the support of at least one opposition party whenever they want to pass legislation, we’re laying out every Liberal promise on the table—and tracking those that are fully kept or broken. Bookmark this post and follow along as we keep tabs on the House of Commons.

We’ll also make note every time an opposition promise comes to fruition—including the New Democrats, who could hold the balance of power and named six key priorities for their support.


Taxes

Liberal platform

  • Raise the basic personal amount to $15,000 by 2023, for taxpayers whose annual salary is less than $147,000 (source)
  • Cut in half the corporate tax paid by companies that develop and manufacture zero-emissions technologies (source)
  • Put a 10 per cent tax on luxury cars, boats, and personal aircraft over $100 (source)

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Economy and affordability

Liberal platform

  • Reduce cell phone bills by 25 per cent annually, in part by expanding entry of network operators; if prices haven’t come down after two years, government would lower investment thresholds for new players and empower the CRTC to help get rates down (source)
  • Increase the Northern Resident Deduction, offering those living in the Northern Zone at least $1,200 in deductible travel costs (or $600 in deductible travel costs for people in the Intermediate Zone) (source)
  • Put in place a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour (source)
  • Implement a guaranteed paid family leave for parents who, for example, don’t qualify for paid leave through Employment Insurance
  • Add provisions to the federal labour code to give employees a “right to disconnect,” giving workers the right to request that they not work extra hours (source)
  • Create a Canada Free Trade Tribunal to resolved domestic trade barriers
  • Create a national flood insurance program
  • Launch an Employment Insurance Disaster Assistance Benefit in 2021
  • Expand the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders to include correctional workers
  • Give families of Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police members a tax-free $2,500 benefit every time they relocate

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Jobs & skills training

Liberal platform

  • Provide up to 2,000 entrepreneurs a year with as much as $50,000 to launch a new business (source)
  • Give $250 to every new business looking to expand online services (source)
  • Eliminate all fees from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Export Development Canada (EDC), and Farm Credit Canada, for business advisory services like mentorship and training (source)
  • Cut the cost of federal incorporation by 75 per cent, from $200 down to $50 (source)
  • Eliminate the “swipe fee” on HST and GST for credit transactions (source)
  • Invest $100 million in skills training, to ensure there are enough qualified workers to keep up with energy audits, retrofits, and net-zero home construction (source)
  • Introduce a Career Insurance Benefit that would kick in after Employment Insurance ends, giving an additional 20 per cent of insured earnings in the first year following a layoff, and 10 per cent in the second year (source)
  • Extending EI sickness benefits from 15 weeks to 26 weeks (source)
  • Create a new federal Family Day holiday (source)
  • Creating a Canadian Apprenticeship Service, providing providing up to $10,000 per apprentice, over four years, for every new position created
  • Implement a $40 million/year national workplace accessibility fund, with a focus on making small and medium-sized businesses more accessible

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Deficits & Debt

Liberal platform

  • Deficit spending of more than $20 billion for each of the next 4 years, beginning with $27.4 billion next year (source)

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Health

Liberal platform

  • Ensure all Canadians have access to a family doctor or primary health care team, as well as mental health services (source)
  • Add $6 billion over four years to federal portion of health-care funding to add and improve services (source)
  • Introduce legislation for “distinctions-based” health care for Indigenous people, emphasizing mental health, healing and long-term care (source)
  • Add $30 million in funding next year for pediatric cancer research
  • Create a national institute for women’s health to address gender gaps in research and care (source)
  • Integrate sex and gender-based analyses, as well as diversity analyses, in Canadian Institutes of Heath Research
  • End the ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men
  • Create a National Institute for Women’s Health Research

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Pharmacare

Liberal platform

  • Implement a universal pharmacare program (source)
  • Establish the Canada Drug Agency for purchases (source)

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Climate change & Environment

Liberal platform

  • Commit to net-zero emissions by 2050, with legally-binding five-year milestones (source)
  • Ban “harmful” single-use plastics by as early as 2021 (source)
  • Require federal buildings to be powered completely by clean electricity by 2022 (source)
  • Conserve and protect 25 per cent of Canada’s land and 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025, working towards 30 per cent in each by 2030 (source)
  • Create a national Experience Canada program, helping 75,000 lower-income families spend up to four days in one of Canada’s National or Provincial Parks every year—including camping accommodations and a travel bursary of up to $2,000 (source)
  • Provide a 10 per cent rebate on the purchase of used zero-emission cars, up to $2,000 (source)
  • Plant two billion trees over 10 years
  • Complete all flood maps in Canada and develop an action plan to assist home owner relocation for those at highest risk or repeat flooding
  • Increase investment to the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund by $1 billion investment over the next decade
  • Invest any profit from the sale of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project into clean energy projects and climate solutions
  • Install up to 5,000 charging stations for vehicles
  • Require federal investments in public transit support zero-emission buses and rail systems, starting in 2023
  • Transition B.C.’s open net pen salmon farming in coastal waters to closed containment systems by 2025

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Indigenous affairs

Liberal platform

  • Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as Canadian law (source)
  • Eliminate all long-term drinking water advisories on reserve by 2021
  • Introduce legislation for “distinctions-based” health care for Indigenous people, emphasizing mental health, healing and long-term care (source)
  • Reduce the number of Indigenous children in foster care by implementing the Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Children, Youth and Families (source)
  • Address all critical infrastructure needs (including housing, internet and schools) in Indigenous communities by 2030 (source)
  • Target that at least five percent of federal contracts awarded to businesses are led by Indigenous Peoples
  • Expand First Nations policing and recognize it through legislation as an essential service (source)
  • Fully implement the Indigenous Languages Act (source)

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Immigration & Refugees

Liberal platform

  • Introduce a dedicated refugee stream for at-risk human rights advocates, journalists and humanitarian workers, with a target of resettling 250 a year [source]
  • Allow local communities, chambers of commerce, and local labour councils to directly sponsor permanent immigrants

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Public safety & National security

Liberal platform

  • Ban all military-style assault rifles, including the AR-15 (source)
  • Initiate a buyback program for all legally purchased assault rifles (source)
  • Work with the provinces/territories to give municipalities the ability to further restrict (or ban) handguns (source)
  • Introduce a system for flagging bulk purchases of guns
  • Temporarily suspend firearms licenses for people suspected of posing a danger to themselves or others, including their partners or children
  • Invest an additional $50 million each year, for five years, to help municipalities with gang-related violence
  • Require those importing ammunition to show proof of a valid firearms license
  • Hire and train 100 additional RCMP officers for offices and embassies abroad
  • Invest an extra $6 million, over three years, towards the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence
  • Create a review body for the Canada Border Services Agency
  • Invest an additional $11 million, over four years, for all officials in Canada’s enforcement and security agencies to have unconscious bias and cultural competency training
  • Double the funding to Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy and improve Statistics Canada’s data collection regarding hate crimes
  • Renewing the fleet of the Canadian Coast Guard by ordering 18 new ships at a cost of $15.7 billion. Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards would build 16 multi-purpose vessels while Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax would build two Arctic patrol vessels (source)
  • Institute Canada’s Digital Charter so people can control their personal data, including the right to erase personal data from platforms like Facebook and Google, and review and challenge the amount of personal data collected by a company or the government (source)

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Infrastructure

Liberal platform

  • Invest $100 million over four years in the Tourism Community Infrastructure Fund for local needs of communities that rely on tourism
  • Create a National Infrastructure Fund and support projects like the Newfoundland-Labrador fixed transportation link
  • Ensure that 95 per cent of Canadian homes and businesses have high-speed internet by 2026, and 100 per cent by 2030
  • Increasing investments in small craft harbours by $40 million annually

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Retirement & Seniors

Liberal platform

  • Increase Old Age Security (OAS) by ten per cent once Canadians turn 75 (source)
  • Increase the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) survivor’s benefit by 25 per cent (source)

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Housing

Liberal platform

  • Expand the First-time Home Buyer Incentive for people in Victoria, Vancouver and Toronto. The value of a qualifying home will go from 500,000 to nearly 800,000 (source)
  • Add a one per cent annual tax on residential properties owned by those who are not Canadians and who do not live in Canada (source)
  • Help homeowners and landlords pay for retrofits by giving them an interest-free loan of up to $40,000 (source)
  • Help people buy newly built homes that are certified zero-emissions by giving them a Net Zero Homes Grant of up to $5,000 (source)
  • Create a low-cost national flood insurance program (source)
  • Make Energy Star certification mandatory for all new home appliances, as of 2022 (source)
  • Give interested homeowners and landlords a free energy audit (source)
  • Retrofit 1.5 million homes, over the next five years (source)

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Education

Liberal platform

  • Increased Canada Student Grant by up to $1,200 per year (source)
  • Offer students two-years window after graduation before they start paying off student loans, interest-free (source)
  • Delay student loan repayments until graduates make at least $35,000 (and if their income ever falls below this level, payments will be put on hold) (source)
  • Pause student loan repayments for new parents, interest-free, until their youngest child turns five years old (source)
  • Help establish the Université de l’Ontario français

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Child care

Liberal platform

  • Create up to 250,000 more before and after school spaces for kids under the age of 10 (source)
  • Lower parents’ child care fees by 10 per cent across the country (source)
  • Dedicate a target of ten per cent of the new spaces to provide more child care options for parents who work overtime, late shifts, or multiple jobs (source)
  • Double federal support to the provinces and territories through the Early Learning and Child Care Framework, investing at least $535 million more each year (source)
  • Invest at least $25 million per year to help cover the costs for early childhood educators seeking further training, and lower tuition costs for people getting their early childhood educator degree (source)
  • Establish a national secretariat to work with the provinces and territories to lay the groundwork for a pan-Canadian child care system (source)
  • Give up to $1,000 more to families to help when the costs of raising kids are highest, by boosting the Canada Child Benefit by 15 per cent for children under the age of one (source)
  • Make maternity and parental benefits tax-free (source, PBO analysis)
  • Introduce a 15-week leave for adoptive parents (source)
  • Double the Child Disability Benefit

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Agriculture

Liberal platform

  • Merge existing financial and advisory service for food producers and processors into Farm Credit Canada, now to be called Farm and Food Development Canada
  • Increasing Farm and Food Development Canada’s capital lending capability by up to $5 billion per year

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Foreign affairs

Liberal platform

  • Establish a Canadian “centre for peace, order and good government” to advance justice, human rights and democracy globally [source]
  • Provide more money to international institutions like the International Criminal Court and the World Trade Organization [source]
  • Increase spending by $50 million towards supporting UN peacekeeping, peace-building and conflict prevention (source)
  • Support international protocols to ban the development and use of fully autonomous weapons systems
  • Expand the Magnitsky Act to allow for seizure of assets from perpetrators of grave human rights abuses
  • Increase Canada’s international assistance each year in pursuit of the UN’s 2030 sustainable development goals

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Justice

Liberal platform

  • Implement the recommendations put forward by the Hon. Anne McLellan in her recent review of the role and structure of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • Provide free legal aid to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence
  • Appoint only bilingual judges to the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Establish an independent Criminal Case Review Commission to review wrongfully convicted applications
  • ’Require all judges in Canada undertake mandatory training on sexual assault law
  • Implement mandatory training on unconscious bias and cultural competency for all judges in Canada
  • Support provinces/territories to hire as many as 425 new Crown prosecutors, and 225 new judges, to help reduce delays
  • Make drug treatment court the default option for first-time non-violent offenders charged exclusively with simple possession
  • Ban the practice of conversion therapy
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Democracy & Governance

Liberal platform

  • Allocate more time for Private Members’ Business for debate in Parliament
  • Eliminate the use of whip and party lists to give the Speaker more freedom in calling on Members who wish to speak
  • Increase resources to parliamentary committees

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Veterans

Liberal platform

  • Offer veterans up to $3,000 in free counselling services before a disability claim is required
  • Automatically approve the most common disability applications, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and arthritis(RETURN TO TOP]

Arts & Culture

Liberal platform

  • Introduce the Culture Pass, a $200 credit that every Canadian child will receive when they turn 12, to be at theatres, museums, galleries, workshops, and other cultural venues
  • Require that CBC/RadioCanada open up its digital platform
  • Increase Telefilm Canada’a annual funding by nearly 50 per cent
  • Legislate that ensure that all content providers offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content

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Thanks for reading. Now get ready to vote!

How we did it: We’ll update this post whenever a major party makes a promise in the context of the next election (as opposed to re-announcing funding or criticizing a government measure). When parties release their full platforms, we’ll incorporate those promises into this compendium. Until the Liberals release their platform, we’ll draw on future promises made in this year’s federal budget.

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