Election 2015 Promises made by the Liberal Government of Canada under Justin Trudeau. The 117 promises listed here are from Liberal Real Change booklet presented to Canadians during the election. You are welcome to add other promises made in the comments section. Promises marked in red are already considered broken. Update: PM Trudeau said there are 122 promises on March, 23, 2016
As a member of Jewish Voice for Peace my vision of Canada rising on the world stage took a dive on February 22, 2016. CTV reported “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have joined forces with the official Opposition to overwhelmingly approve a Conservative motion condemning all Canadians who promote the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.”
Before anyone or any news outlet calls people participating in BDS anti-Semitic they might want to understand the word. Rabbi Ruth Adar recently wrote about the topic. “Actually, there’s no such thing. Semitic is a designation for a “language group” that includes Arabic, Amharic, Aramaic, Tigrinya, and Hebrew.”
The Trudeau government abused the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by condemning Canadians over and above abuses included in Bill C-51.
It is our duty to ensure the elected government is held responsible for the promises. We have many long neglected domestic issues to handle. Remarks below in italic are mine.
1. We will give families more money to help with the high cost of raising their kids.
2. We will give middle class Canadians a tax break, by making taxes more fair.
3. We will cancel income splitting and other tax breaks and benefits for the wealthy.
4. We will invest to create more jobs and better opportunities for young Canadians.
5. We will provide Canadians with a more secure retirement. (Will be writing an article about this plus 7 and 8 based on Federal Budget 2016)
6. We will not end pension income splitting for seniors.
7. We will make it easier for Canadians to have an affordable place to call home. (link takes you too a project where low income Canadians are placed out of sight)
8. We will make post-secondary education more affordable.
9. We will make home care more available, prescription drugs more affordable, and mental health care more accessible.
10. We will also lift more Canadians, including children and seniors, out of poverty. (To understand poverty Statistics Canada requires funding to define poverty. No additional funding is shown in Budget 2016. Canada signed the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. One of the goals is defining poverty)
11. We will invest now in the projects our country needs and the people who can build them.
12. We will invest in public transit to shorten commute times, cut air pollution, strengthen our communities, and grow our economy.
13. We will strengthen our communities by investing in the things that make them good places to live. (in fact most of this is a Provincial matter in conjunction with municipalities so they can build their pet projects. No accounting for very bad taste and wasted dollars in the hundreds of millions)
14. We will invest in sustainable infrastructure that makes our communities safer and more resilient. (PM Trudeau better check out some of the craziest projects underway)
15 We will make the New Building Canada Fund more focused and more transparent.
16. We will make sure that no money intended for investment in communities is allowed to lapse.
17. We will establish the Canadian Infrastructure Bank to provide low-cost financing for new infrastructure projects. (How many billions set aside for infrastructure will go to Canadian businesses rather than oversee?)
18. We will help Canadians get the training they need to find and keep good jobs.
19. We will kick start investment in innovation to grow our economy and create good, middle class jobs. (explain good middle class jobs)
20. We will continue to defend Canadian interests during trade negotiations, including supply management. (why is the Trans Pacific Partnership kept secret from Canadians?)
21. We will reinstate a modernized and inclusive fair wages policy for federal procurement.
22. We are strongly committed to supporting and protecting workers’ rights, and as government, we will bargain in good faith with Canada’s public sector unions.
23. We will make parental benefits more flexible
24. We will introduce a more flexible and inclusive benefit available to any Canadian who provides care to a seriously ill family member. (He skipped Edmonton even though he stated it was inclusive)
25. We will fix Employment Insurance to better serve Canadians now, and help boost Canada’s economic growth now and in the long-term.
26. We will develop a child care framework that meets the needs of Canadian families, wherever they live.
27. We will do our part to help Canadian children live healthier lives, with less exposure to known health risks.
28. We will introduce a new tax benefit to help teachers and early childhood educators with the cost of school supplies.
29. We will invest in Canada’s North, to help northern Canadians with the high cost of living, and help our northern economies grow.
30. It is time to shine more light on government and ensure that it remains focused on the people it is meant to serve. (until PM Trudeau tells Canadians how the massive Federal bureaucracy runs the country this one is red)
31. We will embrace open data. (started under the Harper government)
32. We will disclose Parliamentary expenses and make Parliament open by default.
33. We will protect the integrity of our elections and encourage more Canadians to vote.
34. We will establish an independent commission to organize leaders’ debates.
35. We will make every vote count. (or is it count every vote?)
36. We will restore the voter identification card as an acceptable form of identification.
37. We will also increase penalties so that there are real deterrents for deliberately breaking our election laws.
38. We will bring real change to the Senate. (hopefully abolishing it completely. He is going to keep the pigs at the trough now that he appointed more senators)
39. We will reform Question Period so that all members, including the Prime Minister, are held to greater account. (Trudeau government no longer allows full download of Question Period and other committee meetings for use on websites)
40. We will not resort to legislative tricks to avoid scrutiny. (condemning all Canadians who promote boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is trickery)
41. We will not interfere with the work of government watchdogs.
42. We will make the Supreme Court appointment process more transparent. (it doesn’t matter since every Federal and Provincial politician and judge make an Oath of Allegiance to the Queen of England. No Oath is given to Canadians, the Constitution or The Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
43. We will make the Parliamentary Budget Officer truly independent.
44. We will provide better oversight of taxpayer dollars. (Will Canadians be given the cost of wars in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and other meddling)
45. We will deliver stronger national security oversight. (Patronage appointments)
46. We will also invest an additional $80 million, over four years, to help the Canada Revenue Agency crack down on tax evaders.
(fact) – haunting a tax payer over a balance owed without ever showing the person what the debt is based on is wrong. Cutting benefits to an 87 year old Canadian and sending her a letter stating she needs to prove she is Canadian. Family arrived in Canada prior to 1800 AD)
47. We will save home mail delivery.
48. We will build a government as diverse as Canada. (do men and women get the same pay? If so, then, why is it not the same for all Canadians)
49. We will involve young people in government.
50. We will consider the gender impacts of the decisions we make.
51. We will deliver easy online access to government services.
52. We will establish new performance standards for federal services.(create major new forms to fill out using up a forest for the paper used)
53. We will involve Canadians in policy-making. (Patronage appointments)
54. We will value science and treat scientists with respect.
55. We will make Statistics Canada fully independent. (Budget 2016 does not allocate any new funding to Statistics Canada)
56. We will make decisions using the best data available and will invest only in programs proven to offer good value.
57. We will provide national leadership and join with the provinces and territories to take action on climate change, put a price on carbon, and reduce carbon
58. We will protect our communities from the challenges of climate change and grow our economy by making significant new investments in green infrastructure. (the only true green energy is solar power. Wind and tidal use huge quantities of non-renewable resources during construction and maintenance)
59. We will fulfill our G20 commitment and phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry over the medium-term.
60. We will also work in partnership with the United States and Mexico to develop an ambitious North American clean energy and environmental agreement.
61. We will also work closely with the provinces and territories to develop a Canadian Energy Strategy to protect Canada’s energy security; encourage energy conservation; and bring cleaner, renewable energy onto the electricity grid. (Patronage appointments)
62. We will immediately review Canada’s environmental assessment processes and introduce new, fair processes
63. We will modernize the National Energy Board, ensuring that its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in fields like environmental science, community development, and Indigenous traditional knowledge. (Patronage appointments)
64. We recognize the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the land, and will respect legal traditions and perspectives on environmental stewardship.
65. We will also do more to protect Canada’s endangered species
66. We will protect our freshwater and oceans. (Does this mean Victoria, B.C. will stop dumping 82 million litres of raw sewage per day into the Pacific Ocean?)
67. We will treat our freshwater as a precious resource that deserves protection and careful stewardship.(such as building a nuclear waste dump 1.6 km from Lake Huron?)
68. We will preserve and promote Canada’s National Parks.
69. We will make it more affordable for more Canadians to visit and appreciate our National Parks
70. We will renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.
71. We will work with First Nations to make sure that every First Nations child receives a quality education.
72. We will provide new funding to help Indigenous communities promote and preserve Indigenous languages and cultures.
73. We will work with the Métis Nation to improve the quality of life for Métis individuals and communities.
74. We will work, on a nation-to-nation basis, with the Métis Nation to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship, based on cooperation, respect for rights, our international obligations, and a commitment to end the status quo.
75. We will work with Métis people, as well as the provinces and territories, to establish a federal claims process that recognizes Métis self-government and resolves outstanding claims.
76. We will also make permanent the funding available to provincial Métis communities for Métis identification and registration, instead of it being available year-to-year.
77. We will review, in partnership with Métis communities, the existing federal programs and services available to the Métis Nation, to identify gaps and areas where strategic investments can be made to improve Métis quality of life. (Patronage appointments)
78. We will develop a Métis Economic Development Strategy in partnership with Métis communities and existing Métis financial institutions, and will invest $25 million over five years to implement this new strategy. (Patronage appointments)
79. We will immediately launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (immediately as in when?)
80. We will enact the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
81. We will give veterans more compensation, more choice, and more support in planning their financial future.
82. We will honour the service of our veterans and provide new career opportunities through a new Veterans Education Benefit.
83. We will make it easier for veterans to access services, including mental health services.
84. We will do more to support the families of Canada’s veterans. (What is currently being done?)
85. We will give more support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, and ensure that more perpetrators are brought to justice. (a man beheads a 19 year old on a bus and the same man is free to roam the streets kind of justice?)
86. We will repeal the problematic elements of Bill C-51, and introduce new legislation that better balances our collective security with our rights and freedoms.
87. We will create another bureaucracy called the Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization coordinator. (Patronage appointments)
88. We will take action to get handguns and assault weapons off our streets.
89. We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. (do you know the loopholes to do this without breaking treaties?)
90. We will reverse cuts and make new investments to support our national broadcaster.
91. We will review the process by which members are appointed to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors, to ensure merit-based and independent appointments. (Patronage appointments)
92. We will be doubling investment in the Canada Council for the Arts to $360 million each year. (only pigs currently at the trough know how to fill out the applications)
93. We will encourage and promote the use of Canada’s official languages.
94. We will offer greater financial security to the families of disabled or deceased public safety officers, and deliver a new plan to address PTSD.
95. We will make it easier for immigrants to build successful lives in Canada, and contribute to the economic success of all Canadians.
96. We will take immediate steps to reopen Canada’s doors, and will make reuniting families a top priority.
97. We will immediately double the number of applications allowed for parents and grandparents, to 10,000 each year. (how is this funded?)
98. We will make it more affordable for Canadian workers to send money overseas. (including Cayman Islands?)
99. We will make it easier and more affordable to hire care givers
100. We will welcome more refugees from Syria to Canada, and offer more help to those providing aid in the region.
101. We will also provide a new contribution of $100 million this fiscal year to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to support critical relief activities in the region.
102. We will restore Canada’s reputation and help more people in need through a program that is safe, secure, and humane.
103. We will consult with Canadian and international aid organizations to review current policies and funding frameworks that will refocus our aid priorities on poverty reduction.
104. We will renew and repair our relationships with our North American partners.
105. We will work with the United States and Mexico to develop a continent-wide clean energy and environment agreement. (Patronage appointments)
106. We will restore Canadian leadership in the world.
107. We will recommit to supporting international peace operations with the United Nations, and will make our specialized capabilities, from mobile medical teams to engineering support to aircraft that can carry supplies and personnel, available on a case-by-case basis.
108. We will not buy the F-35 stealth fighter-bomber and find a more affordable alternatives to the F-35
109. These investments will ensure that the Royal Canadian Navy is able to operate as a true blue-water maritime force, while also growing our economy and creating jobs. (Can we return to being called Canadian Armed Forces and ditch the word Royal)
110. We will put a renewed focus on surveillance and control of Canadian territory and approaches, particularly our Arctic regions, and will increase the size of the Canadian Rangers. (Will you work with every country bordering the Arctic on an Arctic Treaty)
111. We will assist in domestic security and natural disaster responses, both at home and abroad. (domestic surveillance)
112. We will implement the recommendations made in the Canadian Forces’ Report on Transformation.
113. We will end Canada’s combat mission in Iraq. (not quite but close)
114. We will remain fully committed to Canada’s existing military contributions in Central and Eastern Europe and NATO. (NATO is redundant since their is no longer a Warsaw Pact. NATO was formed to protect us against the Soviet hypothetical threat)
115. We will cancel child benefit cheques for millionaires so that we can increase child benefits for the middle class and those working to join it.
116. We will increase the marginal tax rate on Canada’s top one percent so that we can cut taxes for the middle class. (be honest since the wealthiest have many ways to avoid paying any taxes)
117. We will conduct a review of all tax expenditures to target tax loopholes that particularly benefit Canada’s top one percent. (Patronage appointments)
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