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