Trudeau’s Election Promises

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Justin Trudeau attends a Liberal rally at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, Ontario. September 21 2015. Captis Photos/Connor Evans

What’s in store for Canadians following the election of the majority Liberal Government? We take a look at a few of the election promises made by Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau and his party.


Legalizing Marijuana

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People gathered on Parliament Hill smoke marijuana at 4:20pm while rallying for the drug’s legalization in Canada. April 20, 2015. Brendan Montgomery/Captis Photos.

Trudeau has said he will work to legalize and regulate marijuana. The Liberals believe that the current laws are making it easier, not harder, for minors to access the substance and leading to profit for organized crime.


Addressing the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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Around 100 people gathered at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street to call on the Government of Canada to do more to assist refugees affected by the Syrian conflict. September 17, 2015. Captis Photos/Brendan Montgomery

Trudeau has said that he will address the current Syrian refugee crisis by immediately accepting 250,000 Syrian refugees and spending $250 million  “to increase refugee processing, as well as sponsorship and settlement services capacity in Canada.”


Canning the F-35 

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Two CF-18 fighter jets flank an Airbus CC-150 Polaris aircraft during a flyby commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. September 20th, 2015. Captis Photos/Brendan Montgomery

With costs soaring on the F-35, Trudeau has said he will scrap the deal to replace Canada’s current CF-18 fighter jets with a cheaper plane. The money saved would then go towards building arctic patrol vessels for the Navy.


Tax Breaks for Middle Class Canadians

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Revellers take part in Canada Day celebrations. July 1, 2014. Captis Photos/Connor Evans

Middle class Canadians are due to receive a tax cut of 1.5% under Trudeau, while wealthier Canadians can expect to see taxes go up to cover these cuts.


Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

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People gathered on Parliament Hill for an annual vigil remembering missing and murdered aboriginal women. There were several speakers, some of which shared stories of violence against themselves or murdered relatives. October 4, 2015. Captis Photos/Brendan Montgomery

The Liberal government has said that it will launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. Trudeau hopes to find “justice” for the victims and their families.


The Environment

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Protesters take to the streets of Ottawa during a march for the environment. October 29,2012. Captis Photo/Brendan Montgomery

The Liberals have promised to invest 200 million in “Clean Technologies”, put a moratorium on tankers on the north coast of BC and repeal cut backs to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. They also plan on reducing green house gas emissions to a currently unspecified level.


Electoral and Senate Reform

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Parliament Hill. March 17, 2015. Captis Photos/Brendan Montgomery

The Liberals have vowed to make changes to government by introducing a proportional representation electoral system for voting Canadians. Trudeau also plans on making changes to the senate by using a merit-based system for appointments.


Infrastructure

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Scaffolding surrounds a tower on Parliament Hill. March 31, 2015. Captis Photos/Brendan Montgomery

Trudeau is slated to spend billions on infrastructure projects across Canada while running a deficit in an attempt to stimulate economic growth.


Bill C-51

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Protesters taking part in the ‘Ottawa Day of Action & Week of Education Against Bill C-51’ gathered outside the Prime Minister’s office before marching through the ByWard Market and onto Parliament Hill. April 18, 2015. Captis Photos/Brendan Montgomery

Despite the Liberals’ support of the Harper Government’s anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, the Liberals have said they will amend the bill to better respect the rights of Canadians.

 

 

 

Brendan Montgomery

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