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Mark Strahl

Mark Strahl

Conservative candidate for Chilliwack—Hope
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Health & Healthcare

Access to Abortion

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
A Conservative Government will not support any legislation to regulate abortion; A Conservative government will include conscience provisions for healthcare professionals.

Palliative Care

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Double direct federal investments in palliative care.

Medical Assistance in Dying

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Reinstate the 10-day waiting period; Require 2 fully independent witnesses to ensure a vulnerable person isn't coerced; Allow discussion of MAID only if raised by the patient; Disallow MAID for those w/ mental health challenges; Give opportunity to withdraw consent right before; Include conscience provisions for healthcare professionals.

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Health Funding

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Meet with the Premiers within 100 days to propose a new health agreement with provinces and territories, increasing the annual growth rate of the Canada Health Transfer to at least 6%.

Future Pandemics

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Increase vaccine research & production capacity; Review regulatory processes; Increase domestic production of critical supplies; Prepare stockpiles, testing; Support closing poorly regulated wildlife markets; Improve public health intelligence; Overhaul Canada's Pandemic Plan.

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Review of COVID Response

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Call an immediate public inquiry into the government's pandemic response; Work with allies to support an investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

COVID Testing

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Deploy rapid testing at all border entry points and airports to screen all arrivals, regardless of vaccination status; Accelerate Health Canada approval for new rapid tests; Make at-home rapid tests available; Provide more rapid tests to provincial governments

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COVID Vaccination

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Prioritize signing contracts for booster shots; Accelerate homegrown development and production of vaccines by Canadian companies; Support the provinces with whatever logistical resources they need to deliver vaccines and booster shots

Climate Change & the Environment

Carbon Capture & Storage

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide a tax credit for the deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Technology in the energy sector and other industries that burn fossil fuels; Invest in Direct Air Capture; In total, invest $5 billion in Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage.

Shipping & Marine Protection

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Re-allow the shipping of oil and petroleum products on the North Coast of British Columbia by repealing Bill C-48.

Project Impact Assessments

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Revert the changes to the Impact Assessment Act made under Bill C-69; Create an accelerated Impact Assessment process.

Energy Efficient Buildings

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide a regulatory & financial framework to facilitate building retrofits, modelled after the SOFIAC programme in Quebec; Provide extra benefits for buildings that complete their retrofits prior to 2030; Develop a Net Zero Foundations program; Work with provinces, territories, & utilities to implement a Residential Building Retrofit Initiative.

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Emissions Reductions Targets

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Reduce targets to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Low-Carbon Manufacturing

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Increase export of resources where Canada produces lower-pollution versions, including aluminum.

Wildfires

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Invest in forest health and wildfire prevention & early detection.

Waste

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Ban the export from Canada of plastic waste to be finally be disposed of in foreign countries.

Effects of Climate Change

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Appoint a national disaster resilience advisor to the Privy Council Office; Implement a national action plan on floods, incl. a residential high risk flood insurance programme; Implement a national climate adaption strategy, incl. addressing flood readiness w/ private sector solutions; Consider mitigation & adaptation in infrastructure investments; Invest $3 billion in natural climate solutions.

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Green Innovation

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide tax relief to the first 5 facilities that use new technology to meaningfully reduce emissions.

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Industrial Carbon Emissions

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Tie Canada's industrial carbon price to the EU's & eventually the US's; Potentially set industrial carbon prices on a path to $170/tonne by 2030; Propose minimum North American standards for key industrial sectors; Study imposing a carbon border tariff on goods imported from countries without compatible emissions reduction mechanisms.

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Carbon Pricing

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Remove the federal price on carbon; Replace it with a Personal Low Carbon Savings Account, requiring people to pay into their PLCSA every time they fill up; Start the PLCSA at $20/tonne, rising to $50/tonne; People could withdraw from their PLCSA to spend on products to reduce their energy footprint, such as transit passes, green home retrofits, & electric vehicles; Maintain Output Based Pricing.

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Energy Sources

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Invest $1 billion in Small Modular Reactors; Implement a hydrogen energy strategy to increase use of hydrogen, especially green hydrogen, and build export capacity.

Natural Gas & LNG

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Focus on exporting Liquefied Natural Gas; Ensure new LNG facilities are electrified; Require at least 15% of natural gas to come from renewable content by 2030.

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Energy Grid

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Build a cleaner, more resilient electric grid; Develop and expand smart grids; Improve interties; Increase the use of mass storage; Develop & deploy new clean energy technology such as nuclear, hydrogen, & renewables.

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Conservation

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Protect 17% of Canada's land & water; Work towards protecting 25%; Restore funding for the National Wetland Conservation Fund & the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program; Invest an additional $3B between now & 2030 in natural climate solutions.

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Animal Protection

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Ban puppy mills; Ban cosmetic testing on animals; Provide $10M/year to train judges & prosecutors on links between violence against animals & violence against people; Increase cross-reporting between animal welfare & child welfare agencies; Add animal cruelty as an aggravating factor in domestic violence prosecutions.

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Freshwater

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Support the completion of the Canadian Wetland Inventory; Provide funding for watershed protection; Work with governments to end raw sewage dumping; Reinstate the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund.

Batteries

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Support improved electric vehicle battery repurposing & recycling.

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Jobs & the Economy

Tax Evasion

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide more funding to the CRA, increasing to $750M/year, for stronger enforcement of taxation for multinational firms, of large corporations, international taxation, and other tax evasion.

News Media & Journalism

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Introduce a digital media royalty framework requiring digital platforms to compensate media outlets for content shared; Reduce government spending on advertising on foreign-owned platforms and instead direct ad spending to Canadian media; End the $600M journalism fund.

Northern Economy

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Revive mine training in Nunavut, in partnership with mining companies; Work with territories, local Indigenous communities, & Parks Canada to find opportunities to build the eco-tourism economy in Northern parks; Work with governments & communities in Nunatsiavut, Nunavut, Nunavik, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region to develop community-based marine-fisheries.

Parental Leave

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Allow those on maternity and parental leave to earn up to $1,000 per month.

Pensions

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Ensure pensioners have priority over shareholders & executives during bankruptcy or restructuring; Prevent executives from being paid bonuses while restructuring if the pension plan isn't fully funded; Stop forcing underfunded pension plans to be converted into annuities.

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Employee Ownership

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Establish Employee Ownership Trusts to provide a tax advantage for company owners to sell to their employees. This would be a reduction in capital gains tax when the owner sells to a trust owned by employees; Ensure the BDC makes financing available to support these trusts.

Unions & Worker Control

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Require federally-regulated employers w/ over 1K employees or $100M in annual revenue to include worker representation on their boards; Work w/ unions on updating the Labour Code to remove barriers to unionisation; Give unions standing at the Canada International Trade Tribunal.

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Construction Work

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Introduce a Construction Mobility Tax Credit allowing construction workers to subtract up to $4,000 per year of temporary relocation expenses from taxable income.

Part-Time, Contract, & Gig Workers

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Require gig economy companies to make contributions equivalent to CPP and EI premiums into a new, portable Employee Savings Account every time they pay workers. The money would grow tax-free and can be withdrawn by the worker when needed.

Agriculture

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Adopt a grocery supply code to deal with abusive pricing & contracting practices; Meet with agricultural stakeholders to discuss AgriStability & other insurance programs; Implement an Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Strategy; Extend right-to-repair to farm vehicles.

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Supply Management

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Ensure that farming families are engaged in any trade negotiations or programs impacting the dairy and poultry sectors, and that the Minister of Agriculture is at the table for those negotiations; Finalize compensation programs within first 100 days.

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International Trade

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Only make agreements w/ countries that respect workers & environment; Create a strategy to move supply chains away from China; Withdraw from the Asian Infrastructure & Investment Bank; Pursue a Canada-Australia-New Zealand-UK agreement; Expand the CPTPP; Pursue deeper ties with India; Develop export markets for Canadian nuclear technology & uranium.

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Entrepreneurship

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Introduce flow-through shares for tech companies; Exempt Canadian-controlled & HQed start-ups from stock options tax; Provide a tax credit for buying from a Canadian start-up; Direct the government to buy from Canadian start-ups.

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Scientific Research & Exp. Dev

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Move administration of the Scientific Research & Experimental Development program from CRA to ISED, under the same group that administers IRAP; Allow ISED to issue a certificate of allowable deductions; Make it easier for software dev to qualify for SR&ED

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Innovation

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Invest $5B in projects aimed at major advances in several fields, all managed by a new agency in Calgary; Cut 50% of taxes on income earned from patents on innovative products developed here; Cover up to $10K of costs on the first 5 patents filed by small or medium businesses.

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Interprovincial Trade

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Convene a First Ministers Meeting on interprovincial trade; Introduce an Admitted Free Act clarifying federal intentions on interprovincial trade and Section 121 of the Constitution

Regulation

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Appoint a Minister Responsible for Red Tape Reduction to eliminate regulations at least once per year; Create an Office of Regulatory Best Practice; Create a Fast Track Certification Process for products that have already been approved in comparable jurisdictions

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Competition

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Imprison executives of companies who fix prices or abuse dominant positions; Break up companies who abuse dominant positions; Reject mergers that would substantially reduce competition and lead to layoffs and higher prices

Tech Giants

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Introduce a digital services tax of 3% gross revenue in Canada for companies that don't pay corporate income tax in Canada; Create a technology task force in the Competition Bureau to examine whether big tech dominance & anti-competitive behaviour is damaging to Canadian industry

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Taxation

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Make the Taxpayer Ombudsman an officer of Parliament with order-making authority; Launch a review of the tax system to improve competitiveness, reduce rates, and simplify rules; Revise CRA penalties; Allow businesses with less than $60k in revenues to use simple cash accounting; Study introducing new taxes on frequent flyers, non-electric luxury vehicles, & second homes.

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Credit Card Fees

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Update the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry to protect against fraud, unwarranted chargebacks, etc.

Charities and Non-Profits

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Increase the disbursement quota for charitable foundations to 7.5%.

Airlines

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide conditional support to airlines; Pass legislation implementing stronger protection for passengers based on the EU system, incl. entitlement to full refunds, not vouchers.

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Hospitality and Tourism

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide a 50% rebate for food and non-alcoholic drinks purchased for dine-in Monday-Wednesday for one month; Provide a 15% tax credit for vacation expenses in Canada up to $1,000 in 2022; End increases to liquor taxes

Small Businesses

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide loans of up to $200,000 for small and medium businesses in hospitality, retail, and tourism, with up to 25% forgiven and similar terms to CEBA loans; Make BDC loans accessible to small businesses; Fix the mortgage stress test

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Investment

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide a 5% investment tax credit for any capital investment in 2022 and 2023, with the first $25,000 to be refundable for small business; Provide a 25% tax credit on amounts up to $100,000 that Canadians personally invest in a small business over the next two years.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Pay 25-50% of the salary of net new hires for six months after the end of the CEWS.

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Film & Television

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Require large digital streaming services to reinvest a portion of their Canadian gross revenue into producing original Canadian programming, with a mandated proportion of French language programming.

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Housing & Homelessness

Mortgages

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Encourage a new market in seven- to ten-year mortgages; Remove the stress test requirement when a homeowner renews a mortgage with another lender; Increase the limit on eligibility for mortgage insurance and index it to home price inflation; Reform the mortgage stress test.

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Homelessness

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Re-implement the Housing First approach; Revise the federal government's substance abuse policy framework to make recovery its overarching goal; Invest $325 million over 3 years for 1,000 residential drug treatment beds & 50 recovery community centres.

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Housing Prices

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Ban foreign investors not living in or moving to Canada from buying homes here for a two year period, after which it will be reviewed; Encourage foreign investment in purpose-built, affordable rental housing.

Money Laundering

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Enact changes to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) And Terrorist Financing Act; Establish a Beneficial Ownership Registry for residential property; Implement recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia on a federal level.

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Housing Supply

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Use infrastructure investments, such as transit, to increase housing supply; Release at least 15% of the government's real estate portfolio for housing; Incent landowners to donate property to Land Trusts for affordable housing.

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Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

Addiction & the Opioid Crisis

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Invest $325M over 3 years to create 1,000 residential drug treatment beds & build 50 recovery community centres; Support innovative projects; Partner with provinces to ensure Naloxone kits are available for free across Canada.

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Mental Health Services

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Propose provinces partner with us to ensure an additional 1M people/year can receive mental health treatment; Provide $150M over 3 years in grants to non-profits & charities providing mental health & wellness programming; Create a nationwide three-digit suicide prevention hotline

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Mental Health Coverage

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Encourage employers to add mental health coverage to their employee benefit plans by offering a tax credit for 25% of the cost of additional mental health coverage for the first three years.

Miscarriages & Stillbirth

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Allow support parents who have experienced a miscarriage three days of paid bereavement leave; Ensure EI parental is extended for at least 8 weeks following the death of an infant; Provide up to 8 weeks of paid leave from employment after a child's death or stillbirth.

Human Rights & Equality

Data Privacy

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Pass legislation giving Canadians the right to understand & control the collection, use, monitoring, retention, and disclosure of their personal data.

The Blood Ban

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
End the blood ban.

Conversion Therapy

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Ban conversion therapy; Clarify that the ban does not criminalise non-coercive conversations.

Gender Equity

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Implement a national mentorship strategy for women of all ages to prepare & help them network for senior leadership roles in corporations & civil society; Seek out qualified female candidates for federal appointments; Require federally-regulated corporations & federally-mandated organisations to implement recruitment plans to seek out qualified female candidates for senior leadership positions.

Hate Crimes & Hate Speech

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Clearly criminalise statements that encourage violence against people or identifiable groups, focusing on online incitement; Provide $25M to law enforcement to quickly investigate online threats of violence, hate speech, & disinformation campaigns by foreign governments or extremist groups; Require social media platforms to remove illegal content, such as content that incites violence.

Education

Job Training

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Double the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit for three years; Invest $250 million over two years in grants for organizations running projects that help workers get job training; Provide low interest loans up to $10,000 to people who want to upgrade their skills.

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Apprenticeship

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Double the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit for the next three years.

Seniors & Senior Care

Senior Women

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Develop a national strategy to address poverty and violence for senior Canadian women.

Long-Term Care

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Amend the Criminal Code to make it clear that the operator of a licensed care facility shall be presumed to have legal duty to the residents.

Aging in Place

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Pay $200 per month per household to Canadians living with and taking care of a parent over the age of 70.

Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation

Indigenous Broadband

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Streamline the application process for broadband programs for Indigenous communities; Provide more support & develop more flexible funding arrangements; Provide technical support during the application process.

Mental Health

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide $1B over 5 years to boost funding for Indigenous mental health and drug treatment programs; Support innovative approaches, such as land-based treatment programs and programs delivered in Indigenous languages.

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Drinking Water

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Recognise safe drinking water as a fundamental human right; End long-term drinking water advisories; Target high-risk water systems; Work with Indigenous communities to find new approaches, such as regional or coalition-based governance, that will help ensure water systems investments are protected and continue providing clean drinking water in the long term.

Self-Determination

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Train young Indigenous leaders, including through the Institute of Corporate Directors; Allow the First Nations Finance Authority to monetise government funding; Consult with First Nations to overhaul current funding models, with the goal of making it easier for First Nations to escape Third-Party Management, reduce red tape, and better incentives for moving towards block funding.

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Indigenous Businesses

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide $4M over 3 years in targeted funding to train local & regional economic development officers; Develop an Indigenous Business Mentorship Program; Update the First Nations Land Management Act; Improve opportunities for Indigenous businesses to receive government contracts by setting active targets, enforcing govt. accountability, and providing constructive feedback for unsuccessful bidders.

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Residential Schools

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Develop a comprehensive plan to implement TRC Calls to Action 71 through 76; Fund investigations at all former residential schools with unmarked graves; Develop a detailed set of resources to educate Canadians of all ages about residential schools; Build a national monument.

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Natural Resources Development

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Work with Indigenous-led organisations to support Indigenous communities partnering on projects; Guarantee loans to Indigenous groups to invest in projects, based on the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation; Provide $5B for investment in projects; Provide $10M/y to foster collaboration w/ Indigenous groups; Require govt. to consult with Indigenous communities before cancelling projects.

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Indigenous Housing

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Enact a "For Indigenous, By Indigenous" housing strategy.

Natural Resources & Extraction

Aquaculture

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Maintain removal of salmon farms from the Discovery Islands; Assign responsibility for industry growth to another department, so DFO can focus on enforcement; Create a modern Aquaculture Act; Ensure the DFO & CFIA are adequately resourced; Strengthen salmon farm monitoring reqs.

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Fisheries

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Prioritize stock assessments, stock recovery planning, & enforcement of catch limits, incorporating climate change risks; Work w/ Indigenous rights-holders & commercial harvesters to develop management plans; Create a Seafood Development Agency; Develop a Pacific Salmon Strategy.

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Forestry

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Resolve the Softwood Lumber Dispute with the US; Establish a Task Force on Woodland Caribou; Increase funding to control forest pest species; Invest in early detection of wildfires; Work with Provinces, Territories, and stakeholders to develop a Forestry Future Strategy.

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Mining

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Implement a Critical Minerals Strategy, including policies to facilitate mining lithium; Support initiatives to recover critical minerals from historical mine wastes while remediating long-term environmental liabilities; Adopt a pan-Canadian low carbon aluminum purchasing policy.

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Off-Shore Oil

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Invest $1.5 billion in Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil industry.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Promote development and export of LNG, including through projects like LNG Canada, through an LNG Export Strategy.

Pipelines

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Build the Trans Mountain Expansion; Push for the continued operation of Line 3 & Line 5; Make pipelines exporting Canadian oil a priority.

Affordability & Childcare

People with Disabilities

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Reduce the number of hours required to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan from 14 to 10 hours per week.

Living in the North

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Double the residency deduction, increase the basic amount in the intermediate zone to match the northern zone, and add the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, new parts of northern Saskatchewan, and new parts of north-western BC to this zone; Implement a Northern Housing Strategy; Improve Nutrition North.

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Cell & Internet Bills

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Allow foreign telecommunications companies to provide services in Canada, provided Canadian companies can do the same in their countries; Connect all of Canada to high-speed Internet by 2025; Promote investment in comms facilities by local & regional communities & businesses.

GST

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Make all purchases at retail stores GST-free for one month this fall.

Canada Child Benefit

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Allow benefits to begin at the 7th month of pregnancy, rather than at childbirth.

Employment Insurance

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Launch a "Super EI" with temporary expanded benefits for provinces in recessions; Extend EI sickness benefits for those suffering from serious illness to 52 weeks.

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Canada Workers Benefit

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Double the Canada Workers Benefit to a maximum of $2,800 for individuals or $5,000 for families, and pay it as a quarterly direct deposit rather than a tax refund; Double the disability supplement to $1,500.

Childcare

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Convert the Child Care Expense deduction into a refundable tax credit covering up to 75% of childcare for lower income families, and pay it out over the course of the year.

Food & Nutrition

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Increase the maximum fine for fixing food prices from $24 million to $100 million, and introduce criminal penalties for executives.

Public Safety & Policing

Security Infrastructure

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Double funding for the Security Infrastructure Program, simplify the application process, remove the need to demonstrate risk, and allow funding to be used for a broader list of expenses, such as paying security guards and training volunteers.

Gun Violence

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Target "straw purchasing"; Further penalize unauthorised import or possession of a firearm, & possession for a dangerous purpose; Expand the Firearms Tracing & Enforcement database nationally; Make seizing firearms easier for police; Repeal C-71 & the May 2020 Order in Council.

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Gang Violence

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Hire 200 RCMP officers based in the GTA and Lower Mainland to combat gangs & the smuggling of guns and drugs; Create an entities list of criminal gangs; Work with the private sector to create a Gang Exit Strategy program; Develop and expand programs to keep youth out of gangs.

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Human Trafficking

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Make human trafficking laws consistent with the Palermo Protocol; Eliminate Preliminary Inquiries for sexual assault cases; Use consecutive sentences; Set procuring as an offence that may be subject to forfeiture of proceeds of crime; Provide $100M for police training.

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Domestic Violence

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Consider a victim of assault in a domestic or dependent relationship with the perpetrator as an aggravating factor on sentencing; Put in place a mandatory minimum of 2 years if the Crown can show that an assault is part of a pattern of conduct with the victim; Enact Clare's Law.

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National Security

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Mandate a Minister of National Security & Public Safety with addressing threats; Establish a permanent task force to address foreign interference; Pass a Foreign Agents Registry Act; Make it an offence for entities who have spent more than $100k in a year on political activity to receive foreign donations; Amend the Elections Act.

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Harmful Online Content

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Clearly criminalise statements that encourage violence against people or identifiable groups, focusing on online incitement; Provide $25M to law enforcement to quickly investigate online threats of violence, hate speech, & disinformation campaigns by foreign governments or extremist groups; Require social media platforms to remove illegal content, such as content that incites violence.

Immigration & Refugees

Refugees

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Replace all public, government-assisted refugee places with more private & joint sponsorship places, except for special cases; Make the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Project a permanent program; Allow private sponsorship of the most vulnerable victims of persecution directly from their country of origin; Create a program to allow direct private sponsorship of persecuted religious & sexual minorities.

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Temporary Foreign Workers

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Create a trusted employer system so companies don't have to reapply; Work with provinces to harmonise federal & provincial systems; Set clear standards & timelines for Labour Market Assessment processes, including options for fee-based expedited visas when needed; Revise how regions are zoned to ensure rural areas & tourism hotspots are not coupled with urban hubs; Establish a path to permanence.

Family Reunification

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Scrap the lottery system for family reunification; Create a first-come-first-served system with weighting to prioritise applicants on criteria such as providing child care or family support, and language proficiency; Invest additional resources in processing applications.

Credential Recognition

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Immediately launch a Credential Recognition Task Force to develop new credential recognition strategies.

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Immigration Process

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Record all interactions between immigration officers & applicants to ensure oversight, fairness, & accountability; Use technology to speed application vetting; Increase cultural awareness training; Use remote meeting technology to match applicants with immigration officers who best understand their cultural context; Let applicants correct simple application mistakes within a set amount of time.

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Visas

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Increase the capacity of the Immigration and Refugee Board to hear asylum claims; Strengthen integrity and enforcement overall; Explore requiring more enforceable commitments for visitors to abide by; Allow family members of citizens to come & live in Canada for up to 5 years without permanent status, renewing their stay for additional time, where appropriate, if they purchase health insurance.

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Administrative Backlogs

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Create an efficiency mechanism, where those waiting for their applications to be reviewed can pay a fee for expedited processing, with revenue collected going to hiring additional staff for processing; Attempt to identify unutilised resources; Simplify and streamline the application process and eliminate duplication.

Transit & Transportation

Zero-Emission Vehicles

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Require 30% of light-duty vehicles sold to be zero-emissions by 2030; Invest $1 billion in electric vehicle manufacturing in Canada; Add mandatory charging stations or wiring for chargers to the national building code; Require every federal government building to have a charging station by 2025; Support improved electric vehicle battery repurposing and recycling.

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Infrastructure

Northern Infrastructure

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Build the Grays Bay Port and Road Project, connecting Nunavut & NWT; Build the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Line; Complete the Tuktoyaktuk road and port & pursue an Arctic Gateway policy across the Canadian North; Build a large-scale project to provide clean power to the Yukon, developed in partnership with the Yukon Government.

Small Craft Harbours

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Double annual funding for small craft harbours.

Infrastructure Blockades

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Make it illegal for protesters to block key infrastructure facilities or public transportation systems, like railways, with either summary conviction or indictment as punishment.

Trans-Canada Trail

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide $12.5 million per year to continue building the Trans-Canada Trail.

Internet Infrastructure

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Connect all of Canada to high-speed internet by 2025; Accelerate the plan to get rural broadband built; Speed up the spectrum auction process and apply "use it or lose" provisions; Disallow the use of Huawei equipment.

Infrastructure Funding

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Shut down the Canada Infrastructure Bank and commit its funds to infrastructure projects such as Public-Private Partnerships.

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Municipal Proposals

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Remove requirement for the infrastructure municipalities and First Nations are building to be green for it to receive federal funding.

International Relations

International Development

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Maintain current aid levels while realigning international development programs; Avoid funding the Belt & Road initiative; Legislate $250M/y allocation to build resilience in fragile democracies; Reform "Direction & Control" regulation; Deploy a "Canadian Innovation Relief" fund.

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Ukraine

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Allow visa-free travel for Ukrainians visiting Canada; Expand Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine; Extend Operation REASSURANCE in Eastern Europe; Restore the provision of RADARSAT-2 data to Ukraine; Provide defensive military aide; Support democratic reforms.

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Israel & Palestine

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel & move the Canadian embassy there; Boycott Durban IV; Oppose ICC involvement in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations; Promote religious status quo regarding Al-Aqsa / Temple Mount; Expand trade & investment with Palestinian territories.

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Iran

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Impose Magnitsky sanctions on human rights violators in Iran; Designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity; Demand justice and compensation for the families of victims of downed Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752, and apply Magnitsky sanctions on those responsible.

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India

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Resume free trade talks with India; Propose regular joint security exercises with India; Pursue a long-term strategic nuclear energy and energy transition partnership; Launch technology, medicine, energy, and infrastructure initiatives, with clearly articulated objectives.

China

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Work with allies to decouple critical supply chains from China; Recognise the Uyghur genocide and ban imports produced by enslaved Uyghur labour; End special treatment to Hong Kong; Ban Huawei from Canada's 5G infrastructure; Sanction human rights offenders in China.

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Human Rights

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Revise supply chain legislation to not import products made with slave labour; Create an International Human Rights Advisory Committee; Advocate for persecuted sexual minorities; Allow Parliament & citizens' groups to petition for officials to be listed under the Magnitsky Law.

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United Nations

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Audit all Canadian positions in multilateral institutions, in relation to national interests; Advocate against the International Criminal Court becoming a political body; Pursue reform of the UN Human Rights Council to prohibit human rights abusers from becoming members.

La Francaphonie

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Encourage economic cooperation between democratic member countries of the OIF, and facilitate trade and investment between Canadian companies and OIF countries, particularly between Canada and Africa.

Religious Freedom

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Mandate an Office of Religious Freedom and Conscience following Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Corruption

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Advance the idea of an International Corruption Court.

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Québec

Official Languages

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Work with the Québec government to apply the French Language Charter to federally-regulated businesses operating in Québec; Table legislation within 100 days to modernise the Official Languages Act; Create a new $30M/year budgetary envelope to provide federal funding to minority francophone post-secondary institutions; Increase support for francophone primary & elementary education.

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Misc.

Adoption

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Create a National Adoption Strategy; Create an EI benefit for adoptive parents, modelled on EI maternity benefits; Increase the maximum a parent can claim under the Adoption Expense Tax Credit from $15,000 to $20,000, and make the credit refundable.

Financial Advice & Institutions

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Enact legislation on open banking; Order the Competition Bureau to investigate bank fees; Require more transparency for investment management fees, including requiring banks to show investment returns net of fees.

Government Ethics & Lobbying

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Expand monetary penalties to cover all violations of the Conflict of Interest Act; Increase monetary penalties from $500 max to $50K max, with the fine proportional to severity & offender's history & net worth; Prevent MPs from collecting speaking fees while serving in the House.

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Government Transparency

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Prohibit the application of NDAs when an individual is disclosing info to a lawful authority or seeking medical assistance or legal advice; Change rules surrounding Cabinet Confidence; Allow the Commissioner of Information to order departments to release information promptly.

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Northern Devolution

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Complete devolution of the territories, starting with allowing them to set their borrowing limits; Allow development decisions to be made by people in the north, including exporting oil & natural gas to European & Indo-Pacific markets.

Accessibility

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Provide an additional $80 million per year through the Enabling Accessibility Fund to provide additional incentives for small business & community projects to improve accessibility, provide grants & support for accessibility equipment, and enhance existing programs to get more disabled Canadians into the workforce.

Broadcasting & Streaming

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Repeal Bill C-10; Require large digital streaming services to reinvest a significant portion of their Canadian gross revenue into producing original Canadian programming, with a portion to be French-language programming; Exempt content Canadians upload to social media sites from regulation; Reduce regulations on and fees from Canadian broadcasters and cable companies; Review the CRTC's mandate.

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CBC & Radio-Canada

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Give Radio-Canada a distinct administrative structure, with representatives on its board appointed by the Québec government; Require Radio-Canada to stop charging user fees for its online streaming services; Require Radio-Canada to not operate branding services that compete with private francophone media; Review the mandate of CBC TV, CBC News Net, & CBC online news, hoping to remodel after PBS.

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Canadian Heritage

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Create a fund of $75M in grants to municipal governments over the next 5 years to restore historical monuments, statues, and heritage buildings; Promptly complete the Canadian Monument to the Victims of Communism.

Right-to-Repair

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Extend right-to-repair to farm vehicles.

Sexual Harassment & Assault in the Military

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Do proactive, targeted recruitment of women, Indigenous people, & visible minorities at the community level; Call a public inquiry into harassment & discrimination in the CAF; Remove commanders' access to their subordinates' medical files; Order a service-wide independent investigation into sexual misconduct; Ensure future complaints are made to an external, independent body.

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Canada's Armed Forces

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Lengthen postings where possible; Prioritise recruitment & retention; Revive the Regular Officer Training Program at civilian universities; Harmonise trade training in the Armed Forces with Red Seal Qualifications.

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Veterans

Policy by the Conservative Party of Canada
Replace the two benefit systems with one one benefit system from enlistment through retirement; Empower military doctors to determine a service-related injury for all CAF & VAC purposes; Revise the concept of "universality of service" to be job-specific; Implement the Lifelong Disability Benefit for moderately to severely injured veterans; Cover the cost of PTSD service dogs.

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Biography

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Mark Strahl was born and raised in Chilliwack. He is dedicated to our community and the organizations that serve it. He is an Honourary Member of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Vedder Branch 280, the Hope and District Chamber of Commerce, the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, the Chilliwack Healthier Community group and the Chilliwack Housing First Task Team.

Mark Strahl was born and raised in Chilliwack. He is dedicated to our community and the organizations that serve it. He is an Honourary Member of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Vedder Branch 280, the Hope and District Chamber of Commerce, the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, the Chilliwack Healthier Community group and the Chilliwack Housing First Task Team. Mark regularly engages with the community and has hosted dozens of coffee connections meetings, giving his constituents the opportunity to provide valuable feedback to help him in his role as our voice in Ottawa.

Mark has spent his professional life serving the public. In 2011, he ran for office in the riding of Chilliwack–Fraser Canyon and was elected to the House of Commons, where he served in a number of key roles under Stephen Harper. He was re-elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Chilliwack—Hope and served for three years as Chief Opposition Whip, a key member of Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Leadership Team.

Mark was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Chilliwack—Hope in 2019. Following Erin O’Toole’s election as the Leader of Canada’s Conservatives in 2020, Mark was appointed the Shadow Minister for Labour to fight for Canada’s workers and the jobs that feed their families. In addition, Mark serves as Chair of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Conservative Shadow Cabinet, and Vice Chair of the Canada-US Economic Relations Committee.

Mark, his wife Lisa, and their son are proud to call Chilliwack their home.



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