Liberal Party Returning to Earth
Recent polls show a drastic drop in support for the Liberal party across the nation, as voters leave the big tent angry from such decisions as pipeline approvals, high debts, electoral reform failure, and other issues.
Thanks to TrudeauMetre we found that the Liberal party had in fact broken 40 out of their 226 promises.
The List Of Liberal Broken Promises
- Increase funding for Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board with a new investment totaling $25 million each year.
- Lower the federal debt-to-GDP ratio for 2015/2016 to 31%.
- Lower the federal debt-to-GDP ratio for 2016/2017 to 30%.
- Provide cost analysis for each government bill.
- Run short-term deficits of less than $10 billion in each of the next two fiscal years (2016 and 2017).
- The 2016 middle-class tax cut combined with the new 33% tax bracket will be revenue neutral.
- Eliminate the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee to make it easier and more affordable to hire caregivers.
- Immediately start to invest $3 billion over the next four years to deliver better home care services (including in-home caregivers, financial support for family care, and palliative care).
- Invest $6 billion more in green infrastructure over next four years.
- Invest an additional $100 million each year in the Industrial Research Assistance Program.
- Invest an additional $775 million per year for job and skills training.
- Invest $300 million more in the Youth Employment Strategy to create 40,000 youth jobs – including 5,000 youth green jobs – each year for the next three years.
- Invest $40 million each year to help employers create more co-op placements for students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business programs.
- Remove GST on new capital investments in affordable rental housing.
- Offer a 12-month break on Employment Insurance premiums to encourage companies to hire young people by waiving employer premiums for all those between the ages of 18 and 24 who are hired into a permanent position in 2016, 2017, or 2018.
- Reduce the small business tax rate to 9% (from 11%).
- Set a cap on how much can be claimed through the stock option deduction on annual stock option gains higher than $100,000.
- Rapidly expand the federal fleet of electric vehicles.
- Phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.
- Re-do the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion review.
- Review the elimination of the Navigable Waters Protection Act by the previous government, restore lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards.
- Create a common, quarterly, and more detailed parliamentary expense report.
- Ensure that the Access to Information law applies to the Prime Minister’s and Ministers’ Offices, as well as administrative institutions that support Parliament and the courts.
- End first-past-the-post voting system and explore alternative electoral reform options.
- Change the House of Commons Standing Orders to end the practice of using inappropriate omnibus bills to reduce scrutiny of legislative measures.
- For members of the Liberal Caucus, all votes will be free votes except those that implement the Liberal platform, traditional confidence matters, and those that address the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- End MSM blood donation ban.
- Welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015.
- Invest $50 million in additional annual funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program.
- Guarantee that First Nation communities have a veto over natural resource development in their territories.
- Immediately adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and ensure every new policy and law would meet with its principles.
- Immediately lift the two percent cap on funding for First Nations programs.
- Immediately implement the imported gun-marking regulations.
- Provide $100 million each year to the provinces and territories to support guns and gangs police task forces
- Do not buy the F-35s, and immediately launch an open and transparent competition and reduce the procurement budget to replace the current CF-18s.
- Maintain current National Defence spending levels, including planned increases.
- Cover the cost of four years of post-secondary education for every veteran who wants one.
- Invest $100 million each year to expand the circle of support for veterans’ families.
- Invest $80 million every year to create a new Veterans Education Benefit.
- Re-establish lifelong pensions as an option for injured veterans.
Government Takes Veterans to Court
Besides this list of broken promises, broken promises to veterans seem increasingly tense as the Federal government has now taken veterans to court as they refuse to uphold their campaign promise of re-instating lifelong pensions for injured war veterans.
While they take veterans to court they have also refused to meet their promise to invest $80 million each year for new education benefits, going further to now also refuse to cover the cost of post-education.
The issues of a failed electoral reform campaign, a series of media scandals, and an ethics violation have all, also been very important in the changing the national perspective on the Liberal party.
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