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Health

Prescription drug coverage

Policy by the Liberal Party
Take next steps to implement national universal pharmacare for drug coverage at an affordable price.

Wait times and access

Policy by the Liberal Party
Make sure every Canadian has access to a family doctor or primary health care team; make home care and palliative care more available across the country.

Mental health

Policy by the Liberal Party
Invest $2 million / year more in mental health and sexual education hotlines.

Women's & reproductive health

Policy by the Liberal Party
Work with provinces and territories to make sure sexual & reproductive health medications are covered under national pharmacare; Work with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to integrate sex & gender-based analyses; Create a National Institute for Women's Health Research.

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Health research

Policy by the Liberal Party
Invest $30m next year in pediatric cancer research.

Environment, Climate Change, & Energy

Emissions targets

Policy by the Liberal Party
Work towards net-zero by 2050; Set legally-binding, 5-year milestones; Appoint a group of scientists, economists, & experts to recommend the best path to net-zero; Introduce a Just Transition Act to transition energy workers to other industries; plant 2b trees over 10 years.

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Carbon pricing

Policy by the Liberal Party
Maintain and continue to increase the current federally mandated price on carbon.

Green jobs

Policy by the Liberal Party
Cut corporate tax paid by companies developing and manufacturing zero-emissions technology by 50%.

Green buildings and housing

Policy by the Liberal Party
Help retrofit 1.5 million homes for energy efficiency; Give interested homeowners and landlords a free energy audit; Help homeowners and landlords pay for retrofits with an interest-free loan of up to $40,000; Introduce a Net Zero Homes Grant of up to $5000.

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Energy production

Policy by the Liberal Party
Create a new $5 billion Clean Power Fund to support electrification of Canadian industries and transition northern, remove, and Indigenous communities off diesel power, sourced through the Canada Infrastructure Bank's existing resources.

Major energy projects

Policy by the Liberal Party
Any profit from construction or sale of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project will be invested in natural climate solutions and clean energy projects.

Waste & pollution

Policy by the Liberal Party
Ban harmful single-use plastics; set new standards and targets for businesses that manufacture plastic products or sell items with plastic packaging to have them take full responsibility for collecting and recycling; Strengthen the Environmental Protection Act.

Conservation

Policy by the Liberal Party
Conserve 25% of Canada's land and 25% of Canada's territorial waters by 2025, working toward 30% of each by 2030; Introduce Canada's first-ever Aquaculture act; Invest in marine science and fighting invasive species; protect fish stocks and marine habitats from climate change.

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Freshwater

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce greater protection for the Great Lakes and other large lakes.

Threats from climate change

Policy by the Liberal Party
Create a low-cost national flood insurance programme to protect homeowners at high risk of flooding; Work with provinces and territories to complete all flood maps in Canada; Develop a national action plan to assist homeowners with potential relocation; Invest $1 billion.

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Jobs & the Economy

Employment Insurance

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce a Career Insurance Benefit, providing an additional 20% of insured earnings in the first year following a layoff and an extra 10% in the second year, without being clawed back; Extend EI sickness benefits to 26 weeks; Create an EI Disaster Assistance benefit.

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Clean energy jobs

Policy by the Liberal Party
Invest $100 million in skills training for qualified workers to keep up with energy audits, retrofits, and net-zero home construction.

Minimum wage & universal income

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce a $15/hour minimum wage starting 2020 and rising with inflation.

Part-time and contract work

Policy by the Liberal Party
Develop greater labour protections for people who work through digital platforms, often as contract or freelance workers.

Public service

Policy by the Liberal Party
Entirely eliminate backlog of pay issues resulting from Phoenix; Reduce time to hire new public servants to average of five months; Have all major projects led by certified professionals with at least five years experience; Reduce number of significant deficiencies.

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Fair trade

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce new rules to streamline trade inside Canada by promoting mutual recognition of standards, such as professional licenses; Actively assert federal jurisdiction where needed; Create a Canada Free Trade Tribunal to resolve cases where domestic trade barriers may exist.

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Pensions

Policy by the Liberal Party
Increase the Canada Pension Plan And Quebec Pension Plan survivor's benefit by 25%.

Public infrastructure

Policy by the Liberal Party
Create a National Infrastructure Fund to support major nation-building projects; Support the Newfoundland-Labrador fixed transportation link; Require provinces and territories identify and approve all long-term infrastructure priorities within the next two years.

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Tourism

Policy by the Liberal Party
Create a Tourism Community Infrastructure Fund to invest $100 million in the local needs of communities that rely on tourism over the next four years.

Overtime

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce new provisions that give workers the "right to disconnect", allowing them to request that they not work extra hours.

Entrepreneurship & small business

Policy by the Liberal Party
Create the Canada Entrepreneur Account, administered through the Business Development Bank, to provide up to 2000 entrepreneurs with up to $50,000 each; cut the cost of federal incorporation to $50; Eliminate fees; Eliminate the 'swipe fee' on HST and GST for credit transactions.

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Housing

Home ownership

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce a new First-Time Home Buyer Incentive giving up to 10% off the purchase price of a first home; Increase the qualifying value to nearly $800,000 in places where houses cost more.

Speculation

Policy by the Liberal Party
Put in place a consistent national tax on vacant residential properties owned by non-Canadians who don't live in Canada.

Human Rights

Hate crimes

Policy by the Liberal Party
Strengthen the Anti-Racism Strategy and double its funding; Boost funding for community-led initiatives to promote inclusion and combat racism; Improve the quality and amount of data StatsCan does regarding hate crimes.
Invest $9 million over three years in helping visible minority newcomer women find and keep a good job; Work with economic development, agricultural, and trade organizations to ensure that underrepresented communities are better served and able to find and keep middle class jobs.

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Gender-based violence

Policy by the Liberal Party
Invest an additional $30 million to develop a National Action Plan for gender-based violence.

Ban on blood donation

Policy by the Liberal Party
Support the implementation of a behaviour-based model, replacing the blood ban.

Conversion therapy & intersex surgery

Policy by the Liberal Party
Prohibit conversion therapy.

Online hate

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce regulations for social media platforms, requiring all platforms remove illegal content, including hate speech, within 24 hours or face significant financial penalties.

Racism and bias in justice

Policy by the Liberal Party
Invest $11 million over four years to ensure all officials in Canada's enforcement and security agencies have access to unconscious bias and cultural competency training.

Race-based work discrimination

Policy by the Liberal Party
Enhance the Youth Employment Strategy, and ensure upcoming State of Youth reports take an intersectional approach including race.

LGBTQI2+ awareness

Policy by the Liberal Party
Invest $10 million / year more, over three years, in LGBTQ2 organizations.

Accessibility

Policy by the Liberal Party
Invest $40 million / year in a national workplace accessibility fund, with focus on making small and medium-sized businesses more accessible.

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Education & Training

Student loans

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce rules so that graduates won't have to start repaying their loans until they make at least $35,000, and put payments on hold if their income ever falls below this level.

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Post-secondary education

Policy by the Liberal Party
Give full- and part-time students up to $1,200 more per year.

Job training

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce a Canada Training Benefit, giving workers money to help pay for training, provide income support during training, and offer job protection; Create a Canadian Apprenticeship Service, supported by up to $10,000/apprentice, over four years, for every new position created.

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Justice, Crime, & Law Enforcement

Guns

Policy by the Liberal Party
Ban all military-style assault rifles, including a buyback programme; Work with provinces & territories to give municipalities the ability to further restrict or ban handguns; Don't bring back the long-gun registry; Make sure CBSA & RCMP can detect and stop weapons at border.

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Gangs

Policy by the Liberal Party
Invest an additional $50m each year for five years in dedicated funding to help municipalities meet the needs of communities at risk; Work to expand successful diversion programmes to keep at-risk youth out of the criminal justice system.

Extremism & terrorism

Policy by the Liberal Party
Invest additional $6 million in the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence; Invest resources to counter the rise of international far-right networks and terrorist organizations; Create a Director of Terrorism Prosecutions; Create a review body for CBSA.

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Legal aid & access to justice

Policy by the Liberal Party
Provide free legal aid to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence; Require all judges to take training on sexual assault law; Enable hiring of as many as 425 new Crown prosecutors and 225 new judges.

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Implement all recommendations put forward by the Hon. Anne McLellan in her review of the role and structure of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

Prisons and prisoners

Policy by the Liberal Party
Establish an independent Criminal Case Review Commission to make wrongfully convicted applications easier.

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Correctional workers

Policy by the Liberal Party
Expand the Memorial Grant Programme to include correctional workers by the end of 2020.

Natural Resources

Fisheries

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce a "boat-to-plate" traceability programme; Increase investments in small craft harbours by $40 million / year.

Immigration, Refugees, & Borders

Economic immigration

Policy by the Liberal Party
Increase immigration modestly with a focus on highly-skilled people; Create a Municipal Nominee Programme allowing local communities, chambers of commerce, and local labour councils to directly sponsor immigrants; Make the Atlantic Immigration Pilot permanent.

Immigration consultancy & affordability

Policy by the Liberal Party
Make the citizenship application process free for those who have fulfilled requirements needed to obtain it.

Refugees

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce a permanent, dedicated refugee stream for human rights advocates, journalists, and humanitarian workers at risk, resettling up to 250 people / year.

Safe Third Country agreement

Policy by the Liberal Party
Work with the government of the United States to modernize the Safe Third Country Agreement.

Illicit Drugs & Overdoses

Opioid crisis

Policy by the Liberal Party
New investments to help provinces and territories expand community-based services, build more in-patient rehab beds, and scale up programmes, such as safe consumption sites; Make drug treatment court the default for first-time non-violent offenders charged with simple possession.

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Transit & Transportation

Low-emissions vehicles

Policy by the Liberal Party
Install up to 5000 charging stations along the Trans Canada Highway and other major road networks; Provide a 10% rebate on a used zero-emission vehicle up to a max value of $2000; Explore measures to support the conversion of business fleets.

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Transit infrastructure

Policy by the Liberal Party
Make the federal commitment to fund public transit permanent, keeping up with the rising cost of construction; Provide an additional $3 billion / per year; Require new federal investments be used to support zero-emission buses and rail systems starting in 2023.

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Passenger ferries

Policy by the Liberal Party
Support efforts to convert ships such as ferries from heavy oil and diesel.

Northern travel

Policy by the Liberal Party
Provide at least $1,200 in deductible travel costs for people living in the Northern Zone, and $600 for those in the Intermediate Zone; Direct the Competition Bureau to oversee pricing of transportation in the North.

Agriculture & Food

Supply management

Policy by the Liberal Party
Defend supply management.

Diversity of growers

Policy by the Liberal Party
Facilitate intergenerational transfer of farms with tax measures.

Farmer protections

Policy by the Liberal Party
Lead a collaborative review of business rick management programmes with a special focus on Agri-Stability, and increase federal support to farmers to help them manage risks beyond their control.

Agricultural business

Policy by the Liberal Party
Make Canada the world's second-largest exporter of agricultural products by 2025; Merge existing financial and advisory services into Farm Credit Canada; Increase Farm and Food Development Canada's capital lending capability to $5b/year

Indigenous Issues

Indigenous rights

Policy by the Liberal Party
Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the end of 2020; Develop a framework for repatriating cultural property and ancestral remains; Work with First Nations to implement the TRC and IMMIWG; support processes for reconstituting nations.

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Indigenous children

Policy by the Liberal Party
Ensure the Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Children, Youth, and Families is fully implemented, with long-term, predictable, and sufficient funding to support implementation.

Indigenous education

Policy by the Liberal Party
Ensure the Indigenous Languages Act is fully implemented.

Drinking water

Policy by the Liberal Party
Eliminate all long-term drinking water advisories on reserve by 2021.

On-reserve services & infrastructure

Policy by the Liberal Party
Address critical infrastructure needs such as housing, all-weather roads, high-speed Internet, health facilities, treatment centres, and schools in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities by 2030.

Indigenous health care

Policy by the Liberal Party
Co-develop distinctions-based Indigenous Health legislation, backed with investments; Work with First Nations communities to ensure Indigenous control over the development and delivery of services.

Indigenous employment

Policy by the Liberal Party
Establish a national benefits-sharing framework to ensure First Nations directly benefit form major resource projects in their territories; Have at least 5% of federal contracts awarded to Indigenous-led businesses.

Reconciliation & environment

Policy by the Liberal Party
Invest in seeing all First Nations off of diesel by 2030.

Treaties & land claims

Policy by the Liberal Party
Move forward with a new co-developed, distinctions-based process for reviewing, maintaining, and enforcing Canada's treaty obligations, supported by a new National Treaty Commissioner's Office; Work with First Nations to redesign policies on additions-to-reserves.

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Technology

Cell service and broadband

Policy by the Liberal Party
Ensure every person in Canada has access to reliable, high-speed Internet, with a goal to have 100% of Canadian homes and business with Internet access by 2030; cut monthly cell phone bills by 25% in the next two years.

Privacy protections

Policy by the Liberal Party
Create a Digital Charter, overseen and enforced by a more powerful Privacy Commissioner; Place new regulations for large digital companies, overseen by a newly-created Data Commissioner.

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Government & Democracy

Diversity in politics

Policy by the Liberal Party
Ensure another gender-balanced Cabinet reflecting the diversity of Canada; Improve diversity in appointments to federal agencies and bodies, and promote more qualified diverse Canadians to senior positions within the public service.

Parliamentary reform

Policy by the Liberal Party
Allocate more time for debating and voting on Private Members' Business; Introduce new technology or other institutional changes to connect MPs with constituents; Eliminate the use of whip and party lists in calling on MPs who wish to speak; Provide more resources to committees.

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International Relations

International assistance

Policy by the Liberal Party
Increase Canada's international development assistance every year; Ensure greater effectiveness, transparency, and accountability in management and delivery of international development assistance; Spend no less than 10% of our international development assistance on education.

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Human rights abroad

Policy by the Liberal Party
Establish a Canadian Centre for Peace, Order, and Good Government; Provide additional resources for institutions like the ICC and WTO; develop a framework to transfer seized assets from those who commit human rights abuses to their victims.

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Autonomous weapons

Policy by the Liberal Party
Develop and support international protocols to ban the development and use of fully autonomous weapons systems.

Government Services & Crown Corporations

Public broadcasting

Policy by the Liberal Party
Strengthen the regional mandate of CBC/RadioCanada so that local stations can broadcast more local news; Require CBC/Radio-Canada to open up its digital platform so that journalism start-ups & community newspapers can access affordable technology to develop & distribute content.

Child care

Policy by the Liberal Party
Create up to 250,000 more child care spaces for kids under 10; Lower child care fees for before and after school programmes by 10%.

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Military & Veterans

Veterans

Policy by the Liberal Party
Create a rapid-response service staffed by social workers, case management counsellors, & peer support workers; Give veterans up to $3k in free counselling before requiring a disability claim; build new accessible & affordable housing for veterans with an additional $15m/year.

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Defence funding

Policy by the Liberal Party
Create Defence Procurement Canada.

Misc.

Taxation

Policy by the Liberal Party
Make sure that people don't pay federal taxes on the first $15k they earn; Undertake a review of government spending and tax expenditures to ensure wealthy Canadians do not benefit from unfair tax breaks; modernize anti-avoidance rules; crack down on loopholes.

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Consumer protection

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce a new Canadian Consumer Advocate as a single point of contact for people who need help with banking, telecom, or transportation-related complaints, empowered to review complains and impose appropriate penalties.

Official languages

Policy by the Liberal Party
Modernize the Official Languages Act; Make Radio-Canada's mandate for regional news part of the Act; Make Air Canada provide fully bilingual services; Review and strengthen powers of the Commissioner of Official Languages; Appoint only bilingual judges to the Supreme Court.

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Arts & culture

Policy by the Liberal Party
Introduce a $200 credit for every Canadian child turning 12 to be used to access cultural venues and Canadian content; Increase funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50%/year; Introduce a new Cultural Diplomacy strategy to promote Canadian culture to the world;

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Camping

Policy by the Liberal Party
Expand the Learn to Camp programme, making it possible for 400,000 kids each year to learn basic camping skills; Give 75,000 less privileged children and their families an up to four-night trip to one of Canada's national or provincial parks.

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Seniors

Policy by the Liberal Party
Increase the Old Age Security benefit by 10% for seniors when they turn 75; Create a national definition of elder abuse, invest in better data collection and law enforcement, and establish new penalties.

Child disabilities

Policy by the Liberal Party
Immediately double the Child Disability Benefit.

Children & maternity

Policy by the Liberal Party
Boost the Canada Child Benefit by 15% for children under the age of one; Make maternity and parental benefits tax-free; Introduce a 15-week leave for adoptive parents.

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