This past Tuesday, the Trudeau government presented their latest attempt at putting their patented #RealChange slogan to work in Ottawa in the form of an online “Mandate Letter Tracker” which serves to track the government’s progress on the promises laid out in the various ministers mandate letters.
To be clear, the site does not track the commitments Trudeau made to Canadians on the campaign trail but rather, it only tracks the often altered and watered-down promises made in the mandate letters.
While on the surface this may seem like just another attempt by this virtue signalling Liberal government to pat themselves on the back for another job well done (they only list three promises as “not being pursued”) I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one and do a bit more research to see if they were actually giving themselves a fair grade.
In an effort to be as transparent as possible (because it’s 2017) I’ve compiled a list of 10 promises that Trudeau made on the campaign trail back in 2015 into a handy little chart which shows how the government thinks they are doing and how they are actually doing.
Promise Tracker Chart
|Campaign Promise||Mandate Tracker Assessment||Reality Check|
|Balance the budget in 2019.||Underway with challenges.||Hard no. Not even close. Definitely broken.|
|Invest an additional $775 million per year for job and skills training.||Underway – on track.||Broken. Investments were made but were not even close to the promised amount.|
|Provide costing analysis for all proposed legislation.||Underway – on track.||Broken. None of the government’s legislation has included this yet.|
|Improve access to information to enhance the openness of government.||Underway – on track.||Broken. Independent audit recently confirmed that the access to information system is faring worse und Trudeau than under Harper.|
|Invest $50 million in additional annual funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program.||Underway – on track.||Broken. This investment has not been made. The government is currently conducting a review of all programs supporting Indigenous education.|
|Invest 80 million per year in a new Veterans Education Benefit.||Underway – on track.||Broken. The government is only investing 22 million per year for the next 6 years instead of 80 million. It also doesn’t kick in until April 2018, two and a half years after they formed gov’t.|
|Re-establish lifelong pensions as an option for injured veterans.||Underway – on track.||Broken. In fact, it’s actually gotten worse as the government is currently in court fighting six Afghan vets in an effort to block them from receiving certain benefits.|
|Immediately start to invest $3 billion over the next four years to deliver better home care services||Underway – on track.||Broken. Only 2.25 billion will be invested by 2019.|
|Ensure clean water availability on 93 communities on reserves currently affected by poor water quality.||Underway – with challenges.||Severe challenges would be more honest here. As of July 31, 2017, 70 First Nations are still under long-term drinking water advisories.|
|End first-past-the-post voting system and explore alternative electoral reform options.||Not being pursued.||Ah yes, “not being pursued.” A cute way of saying that we completely broke that promise.|
As it is plain to see, in their valiant effort to implement #RealChange in Canadian politics, this government has clearly lost it’s grip #RealLife. This online mandate tracker is nothing more than a propaganda page for the government to promote themselves and the ‘great’ work they’re doing for Canadians.
If Trudeau and his government really believe in bringing #RealChange to Canadian governance, they’d better get to work on following through on their many promises and giving Canadians a real reason to re-elect them in two years time.