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Bruce Potter

Bruce Potter

NDP candidate for Miramichi—Grand Lake
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Health & Healthcare

Access to Abortion

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Act immediately to make sure that people can access safe abortion services in all regions; Enforce the Canada Health Act to make sure provinces make medical and surgical abortion available in all parts of the country, without barriers.

Palliative Care

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with provinces and territories to expand and improve access to palliative care.

Future Pandemics

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Provide stable, long-term funding for the Public Health Agency of Canada to protect public health and be ready with surge capacity for future crises; Establish a crown corporation to produce vaccines in Canada; Ensure an adequate, responsible-managed stockpile of PPE, with an emphasis on domestic production; Protect the Chief Public Health Officer's independence in law.

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Pharmacare

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with the provinces to expand Medicare to cover prescription drugs, with a $10B/year federal investment; Develop a national strategy to cover drugs for rare diseases.

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Contraception

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Ensure that a full range of prescription contraceptive & reproductive health care options are easily accessible at no cost through Medicare.

Dental Care

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with provincial partners, health professionals, & dentists to develop a road-map to including universal dental care into Medicare; Provide immediate dental care coverage for people who don't have any private insurance.

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Natural Health Products

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Regulate natural health products with stand-alone legislation.

Healthcare Access

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with provinces & territories to reduce wait times and improve access to primary care; Work with the provinces to develop public infrastructure for secure, accesibile virtual healthcare; Identify coming gaps in health human resources, & make a plan for recruiting & retaining doctors, nurses, & other healthcare professionals.

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Menstrual Products

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with provinces, territories, & Indigenous governments to end period poverty.

Climate Change & the Environment

Shipping & Marine Protection

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Expand marine protected areas; Reduce emissions from shipping & fishing.

Project Impact Assessments

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Overhaul the review process for major projects to ensure adequate time for public consultation; Provide core funding to support Indigenous communities participating in review processes.

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Energy Efficient Buildings

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Retrofit all buildings in Canada by 2050, beginning with retrofitting all buildings built before 2020 within the next 20 years; Require large scale building retrofits in all sectors; Provide low-interest loans to help people make home improvements for energy efficiency & air quality; By 2025, require every new building to be net-zero.

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and redirect the funding to low carbon initiatives; Place a legislative ban on any future oil, gas, and pipeline subsidies.

Emissions Reductions Targets

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Set a target to reduce emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030; Put in place carbon budgets; Create a Climate Accountability Office; Ensure government financial controls and Crown corporations are aligned with net-zero; Appoint a Climate Emergency Committee of Cabinet; Establish a Climate Emergency Secretariat in the PMO.

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Low-Carbon Manufacturing

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with governments, business, & labour to create a national industrial strategy for low-carbon manufacturing.

Wildfires

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Make focused investments in forest management to reduce forest fire risk.

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Waste

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Immediately ban single-use plastics, while supporting transition of production facilities for single-use plastics to new products; Ban the export of plastic waste; Reduce electronic waste by expanding right-to-repair; Develop a national food waste strategy.

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Effects of Climate Change

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Create a National Crisis Strategy to help communities plan for & respond to climate risks; Create a new Climate Corps of young workers to respond to climate impacts; Create an Office of Environmental Justice to address disproportionate impacts of pollution & loss of biodiversity on low-income, racialised, & other marginalised communities; Expand funding for adaptation & disaster response.

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Green Innovation

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Increase funding and incentives to clean tech research & manufacturing; Introduce Buy Canadian government procurement policies for green tech.

Industrial Carbon Emissions

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Place a carbon border adjustment tariff on imported products from areas without a carbon price; Require large businesses receiving COVID recovery funding to agree to plan for net-zero; Put in place joint workplace environment committees to help reduce emissions in every workplace.

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Carbon Pricing

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Continue to increase the federal carbon price by $15/tonne each year, reaching $170/tonne by 2030.

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Energy Sources

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Set a target of net carbon-free electricity by 2030; Set a target of 100% non-emitting electricity by 2040; Establish a Canadian Climate Bank to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, & low-carbon tech, and support Canadian manufacturing of renewable energy components; Support investments in community-owned clean energy projects.

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Energy Grid

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Establish a Canadian Climate Bank to support interested provinces to interconnect power grids and start using smart grid technology.

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Conservation

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Introduce an Environmental Bill of Rights; Strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act; Protect 30% of Canada's land, freshwater, and oceans by 2030; Create a new Civilian Climate Corps to mobilise young people & create jobs supporting conservation efforts; Launch a 10-year plan to reverse species loss; Restrict trade of wild animals; Expand the Indigenous Guardians Programme.

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Animal Protection

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Curb the import & domestic trade of wild animals.

Jobs & the Economy

Tax Evasion

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Close tax loopholes; Eliminate bearer shares; Require companies to prove the economic reason for offshore transactions; Improve transparency on taxes paid by large corporations; Increase compliance funding to the CRA's enforcement section for international and corporate taxation.

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News Media & Journalism

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Increase financial support for the Canada Media Fund; Extend support to Canadian media to assist in the transition to digital.

Parental Leave

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Give the option to parents to take shorter EI parental leave at a higher replacement rate; Allow self-employed workers to opt-into parental benefits at any time before taking the leave; Double leave for parents of multiples.

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Pensions

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Make unfunded pension liabilities owed to workers, & employees' severance pay, are the top priority when a company goes bankrupt; Prevent companies from paying dividends & bonuses when pensions are underfunded; Create a mandatory, industry-financed pension insurance programme; Create a Pension Advisory Commission to develop a long-term plan to enhance Old Age Security, GIS, & CPP.

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Unions & Worker Control

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Defend the Rand formula; Oppose back-to-work legislation; Update the Canada Labour Code; Ban the use of replacement workers during labour disputes.

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Part-Time, Contract, & Gig Workers

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Require that part-time and contract workers be compensated equally to full-time workers.

Agriculture

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Create a Canadian Food Strategy to invest in agricultural communities, support young farmers, & ensure rural livelihoods are sustainable; Create a payment protection programme for produce growers; Restore protection for growers selling to the US under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act; Support sustainable & low-carbon agriculture; Connect communities to farmers through local food hubs.

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Supply Management

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Fully-protect supply management; Ensure reciprocity in all trade negotiations.

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International Trade

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Increase transparency for trade negotiations; Directly engage with Canadians on the expected costs & benefits of potential trade deals; Ensure all trade agreements are consistent with UNDRIP; Evaluate all potential trade deals for social, environmental, and gendered impact; Modernise the trade remedy system; Make sure trade unions have full standing in trade cases and can start trade disputes.

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Entrepreneurship

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Provide small- and
medium-sized businesses with a single point
of contact to help ease regulatory processes
and support compliance.

Competition

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Modernise competition laws.

Tech Giants

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Modernise the Broadcasting Act to create a level playing field between Canadian broadcasters & foreign streaming services.

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Taxation

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Introduce a temporary 15% tax on large corporate windfall profits during the pandemic; Pursue large corporations that used wage subsidies to pay executive bonuses or shareholder dividends; Increase the capital gains inclusion rate to 75%; Increase the top marginal rate 2pp; Introduce a luxury goods tax; Introduce a 1% wealth tax on those with over $10M; Return corporate income taxes to 2010 levels

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Credit Card Fees

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Cap credit card merchant fees at 1%.

Small Businesses

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Continue wage and rent subsidies for small businesses until they're able to fully reopen after the pandemic; Put in place a hiring bonus to pay the employer portion of EI and CPP for new or rehired staff; Cap credit card merchant fees at 1%.

Investment

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Update the Investment Canada Act to limit takeovers of Canadian companies by foreign investors without national security reviews; Shut down the Invest in Canada agency and create iCanada.

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Steel & Aluminum

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Require the use of Canadian-made steel and aluminum for infrastructure projects.

Manufacturing

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Develop strategies to expand critical domestic manufacturing capacity & supply chain infrastructure, incl. for auto, aerospace, shipbuilding, construction materials, pharmaceuticals, & PPE; Convene an auto summit with governments, industry, & labour to develop a National Automotive Strategy to attract jobs & investment; Restore the Automotive Innovative Fund & make contributions tax-free.

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Internships

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Ban unpaid internships, except for those part of education programmes.

Sick Leave

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with the provinces to bring in permanent, country-wide access to paid sick days, with full income replacement, & reimbursed to employers; Keep the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit in place until all Canadians have access to paid sick days; Immediately legislate 10 paid sick days for federally-regulated workplaces.

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Arts & Culture

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Provide a dedicated rebuilding package for performing arts, theatre, festivals, & other arts affected by the pandemic; Prioritise partnerships with independent producers & increase funding for Telefilm; Provide financial support for Indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre; Put in place income tax averaging for artists & cultural workers.

Film & Television

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Increase financial support for Telefilm & the Canada Media Fund; Make web giants support Canadian content in both official languages; Modernise the Broadcasting Act.

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Housing & Homelessness

Mortgages

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Re-introduce 30-year terms on CMHC insured mortgages on entry-level homes for first time home buyers; Double the Home Buyer's Tax Credit to $1,500; Provide resources to help co-housing, including CMHC-backed co-ownership mortgages.

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Homelessness

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Fully implement the right to housing; Work toward ending homelessness in Canada within a decade; Support the creation of more social housing & other affordable options; Work with provinces & municipalities to fast-track the purchase, lease, & conversion of hotels & motels for emergency housing relief until more permanent solutions are available; Expand income security programs.

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Housing Prices

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Place a 20% tax on the sale of homes to people who aren't citizens or permanent residents; Double the Home Buyer's Tax Credit to $1,500.

Money Laundering

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with the provinces to create a public beneficial ownership registry, to clarify who owns properties; Require reporting of suspicious transactions.

Housing Supply

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Create 500,000 affordable housing units, or more, over the next 10 years, with half done in the next 5 years; Set up dedicated "fast-start funds" for building co-op, social, and non-profit housing; Provide federal land for housing projects; Waive GST/HST on construction of affordable rental units.

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Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

Addiction & the Opioid Crisis

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Declare a public health emergency; Work with all levels of government & health experts to decriminalise drug addiction & end stigma surrounding it; Work with the provinces & health professionals to create a safe supply of medically-regulated alternatives; Support overdose prevention sites; Expand access to treatment-on-demand; Launch an investigation into the role drug companies may have played.

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Mental Health Services

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with the provinces & territories to implement a comprehensive approach to mental health services.

Mental Health Coverage

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Bring in mental health coverage for uninsured Canadians; Work with the provinces & territories to implement a comprehensive approach to mental health services.

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Perinatal Mental Health

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Implement a national perinatal mental health strategy.

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Human Rights & Equality

Data Privacy

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Bring in legislation to prevent credit & debit card companies from selling customers' personal information; Update privacy legislation to include a digital bill of rights; Increase the powers of the Privacy Commissioner to make & enforce orders & levy finds & penalties.

The Blood Ban

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Immediately end the blood ban and put in place policies based in public health evidence to secure the blood supply.

Conversion Therapy

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Immediately legislate a ban on conversion therapy; Work with the provinces & territories to support eliminating conversion therapy.

Gender Equity

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Prioritise pay equity by requiring employers to be transparent about pay & implementing pro-active pay equity legislation & regulations right away; Introduce legislation to encourage political parties to run more women candidates.

Hate Crimes & Hate Speech

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work to ensure all major cities have dedicated hate crime units within local police forces; Convene a national working group to counter online hate; Set national standards for identifying & recording all hate incidents; Create a national action plan to dismantle far-right extremist organisations; Make social media platforms legally responsible for removing hateful & extremist content.

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Indigenous & Black Incarceration

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Start a national task force to create a plan to end over-incarceration of Black & Indigenous people; Address the impacts of mandatory minimums; Provide greater judicial discretion in sentencing; Develop culturally appropriate bail programmes; Increase restorative & community justice; Better integrate Gladue principles; Develop & implement an African Canadian Justice Strategy.

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Race-Based Data

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Prioritise collecting race-based data on health, employment, policing, & more with the goal of improving outcomes for racialised communities; Work with provinces to improve race-based data collection; Develop reporting & accountability mechanisms alongside racialised & Indigenous communities.

Employment Discrimination

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Add sexual orientation, & gender identity & expression to the Employment Equity Act; Conduct a comprehensive review of the existing employment equity regime to help close the racialised wage gap; Strengthen labour laws; Ensure diverse & equitable hiring within the federal public service & federally-regulated industries; Work with the provinces & territories on employment equity legislation.

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Trans Health & Access

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with the provinces to ensure equal access to gender-affirming surgery across the country, & that gender-affirming procedures & medication is covered by public health plans; Review & eliminate systemic barriers related to gender in the delivery of federal public services; Provide funding to support the creation & expansion of shelters for trans youth.

Education

Job Training

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Allow workers who quit a job to go to school to qualify for EI benefits; Require large employers to spend at least 1% of payroll on training for employees each year; Create a new provincially-directed Workers Development and Opportunities Fund to expand training options beyond those who qualify for EI.

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Post-Secondary Tuition

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with the provinces & territories to cap & reduce tuition fees; Work towards rolling post-secondary into the public education system; Remove interest on federal student loans; Forgive up to $20,000 in student debt for graduates; Double the Canada Students Grant.

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Seniors & Senior Care

Long-Term Care

Policy by the New Democratic Party
End private, for-profit long-term care; Bring long-term care homes under the public umbrella, beginning with the federally owned long-term care company Revera; Work with patients, caregivers, & governments to develop national standards for home care & long-term care, to ensure access to a consistent quality of care country-wide.

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Aging in Place

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Develop national care standards for home care and long-term care; Make the Canada Caregiver Tax Credit refundable.

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Health & Security

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Lead a National Seniors Strategy to work with provinces, territories, & Indigenous governments to prioritise seniors' health care, reduce isolation, & reduce seniors' poverty; Fund a national dementia strategy; Work with seniors to develop an elder abuse prevention plan.

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Old Age Security & the Guaranteed Income Supplement

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Create a Pension Advisory Commission to develop a long-term plan to enhance Old Age Security; Increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement; Make automatic enrolment in OAS and GIS retroactive.

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Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation

Indigenous Broadband

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Expand access to broadband Internet & cell service for rural & remote communities.

Mental Health

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work in partnership with Indigenous communities to improve access to mental health & addiction treatment services both on & off reserve, including an evidence-based action plan to prevent suicide; Dedicate federal resources.

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Drinking Water

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Make investments required to ensure clean water and lift all drinking water advisories for good now.

Self-Determination

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Co-develop a National Action Plan for Reconciliation, including ensuring rights to self-determination & self-government; Support Inuit self-determination; Recognise Métis self-determination & pursue government-to-government negotiations on issues.

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Indigenous Businesses

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with Indigenous communities to support locally-driven economic development; Create good jobs through infrastructure & public service investments; Work with Indigenous entrepreneurs to find solutions for accessing capital & invest in Indigenous social enterprises & entrepreneurship; Prioritise procurement from Indigenous companies where possible; Dedicate regional economic development support.

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Residential Schools

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Fund the search for grave sites at former residential schools; Fund the maintenance, commemoration, reburial, & protection of residential school cemeteries according to the wishes of Indigenous families, Survivors, & communities; Establish memorials; Appoint a special prosecutor to pursue those involved in residential schools; Require churches & governments to hand over records; Fund healing.

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Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with Indigenous women, the families of the missing & murdered, & Indigenous communities to implement the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls; Establish a comprehensive plan to address violence against Indigenous women, girls, & LGBTQI2S+ People; Ensure full gender equality for First Nations status.

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Policing & the Justice System

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Remove most mandatory minimum sentences; Increase the discretion of judges during sentencing; Ensure bail programmes are culturally appropriate; Increase funding for community justice programmes focused on healing & restorative justice; Uphold use of Gladue principles; Develop a First Nations justice & policing strategy; Take steps to end discriminatory policing practices.

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Indigenous Health

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Close the health gap in Indigenous communities; Support health self-determination; Implement Joyce's Principle; Invest in Indigenous healthcare infrastructure, supplies, & diagnostic equipment; Build a treatment centre for residents affected by long-term mercury exposure; Compensate families affected by mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows; Support food sovereignty; Reform Nutrition North.

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On-Reserve Funding

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Fund on-reserve emergency management & prevention, including firefighting training & equipment.

Indigenous Education

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Implement Shannen's Dream of equitable access to education with federal investments & infrastructure; Provide financial assistance & increased education opportunities for children who grew up in care; Provide support for post-secondary distance learning for rural & remote students.

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Indigenous Housing

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with Indigenous communities to implement a co-developed, fully-funded Indigenous National Housing Strategy within 100 days of assuming office; Address the mould crisis.

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Indigenous Children

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Immediately take action to respect, support, & resource Indigenous jurisdiction over child welfare systems, backed up with long-term, predictable funding guaranteed in legislation; Fully implement Canadian Human Rights Tribunal orders on funding of child welfare services on reserve; Implement the Spirit Bear Plan; Stop litigation against Indigenous children; Fully implement Jordan's Principle.

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Reconciliation

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work in partnership with Indigenous peoples to fully implement UNDRIP & the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action; Co-develop a National Action Plan for Reconciliation; Establish a National Council for Reconciliation; Replace consultation with a standard of free, prior, & informed consent; Respect treaties; Ensure funds for commemorating a National Day for Truth & Reconciliation.

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Natural Resources & Extraction

Aquaculture

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with BC and First Nations to support switching to land-based closed-containment systems.

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Fisheries

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Fully implement Cohen Commission recommendations; Work with BC and First Nations to support transition to land-based closed-containment systems; Allocate resources to fisheries on the principles of adjacency, historic dependence, and sustainability, while respecting Indigenous rights; Invest in habitat restoration & rebuilding fish stocks; Improve response to oil spills & derelict vessels.

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Forestry

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Support value-added Canadian wood products; Support forestry research & development; Expand market access for wood products.

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Mining

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Strengthen the federal environmental impact assessment process for new coal mines and mine expansion projects.

Affordability & Childcare

People with Disabilities

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with Autistic Canadians to develop and implement a national Autism strategy to coordinate support for research, ensure access to needs-based services, promote employment, & help expand housing options.

Living in the North

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Reform the Nutrition North programme in partnership with northern communities, to improve food security.

Cell & Internet Bills

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Place a price cap on cell phone & Internet bills; Require providers to offer a basic plan for wireless & broadband that is comparable w/ affordable plans in other countries; Require companies to offer unlimited wireless data options at affordable rates; Ban data caps for broadband Internet; Introduce a Telecom Consumers' Bill of Rights.

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Employment Insurance

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Extend EI Sickness Benefits to 50 weeks; Introduce a low income supplement so no one receiving EI regular or special benefits receives less than $2K/mo; Make EI available to people who have quit their jobs to go back to school, provide childcare, or protect their or their family's health; Prevent government from raiding the EI Operating Account; Double leave for parents of multiples.

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Childcare

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Introduce legislation committing to high-quality, public childcare; Provide relief funding to re-open spaces lost from COVID-19 at not-for-profit childcare centres at risk of closure; Work with the provinces to build a universal, $10 a day childcare system; Ensure childcare workers are paid a living wage.

Guaranteed Livable Income

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Expand income security programmes for seniors and people living with disabilities; Work towards a Guaranteed Livable Income for every Canadian.

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Minimum Wage

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Put in place a federal minimum wage starting at $15/hour and rising to $20/hour, indexed to the cost of living.

Food & Nutrition

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Partner with provinces, territories, municipalities, & Indigenous communities to work towards a national school nutrition programme to give every child access to healthy food and food literacy skills.

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Gas Prices

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Create a Fair Gasoline Prices Watchdog to investigate complaints about price gouging; Allow the Competition Bureau to proactively investigate alleged anti-competitiveness in the gasoline market.

Public Safety & Policing

Gun Violence

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work to keep assault weapons and illegal handguns off the street; Work to address gun smuggling and organised crime.

Gang Violence

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Make sure communities have access to funding for anti-gang projects to deter at-risk youth from joining gangs; Address racialisation by focusing on preventing youth from falling prey to violent extremism, including through support for community-led initiatives.

Domestic Violence

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Update the Canada Labour Code to include 10 days of paid leave for those dealing with family & domestic violence.

Cannabis Convictions

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Proactively expunge criminal records for those convicted of minor cannabis possession.

Police Carding

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Immediately move to ban carding by the RCMP; Work with local partners across Canada to end carding in all jurisdictions; Review all information obtained through carding that has been retained by police, and examine how that information has been shared between the RCMP & other police forces & government agencies.

Gender-Based Violence

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Deliver a National Action Plan to end gender-based violence, including funding to ensure shelter services & other programmes are available country-wide, especially in traditionally under-served areas; Improve police training on sexual assault; Require universities to develop plans to end sexual violence on campus.

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National Security

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with international allies to deal with threats to our national security; Enhance real-time oversight of security services, ensuring full respect for the privacy and Charter rights of all citizens; Strengthen protection for Canadians who are victims of foreign interference & threats.

Victims of Crime

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Provide victims access to the supports & services they need, such as counselling, referrals, police & court-related services, & a voice in decisions that may impact their safety.

Police Violence

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Implement a federal use-of-force standard with a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate use-of-force; Overhaul federal police training to ensure officers receive ongoing deescalation, implicit-bias, & cross-cultural training throughout their careers; Increase investments in non-police interventions, like mental health & addiction supports.

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Police Accountability & Reform

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Put in place robust & independent civilian oversight of the RCMP; Launch a review of the RCMP's budget & the RCMP act in order to ensure accountability to the public; Release all use-of-force incidents by the RCMP; Launch a full review into RCMP use-of-force.

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Access to the Justice System

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Increase funding for legal aid.

Harmful Online Content

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Convene a national working group to counter online hate; Make social media platforms responsible for removing hateful & extremist content before it can do harm.

Immigration & Refugees

Refugees

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Get rid of the backlog for asylum seekers; Work with Canadians to resettle refugees in communities; Ensure refugees are given the support they need to build successful lives & new homes; Establish a clear & permanent path for resettlement of LGBTQI2S+ refugees.

Family Reunification

Policy by the New Democratic Party
End caps on applications to sponsor parents & grandparents; Treat caregivers brought to Canada with respect & dignity, provide them with status, & allow them to reunite with their families without delay.

Credential Recognition

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Improve foreign credentials recognition.

Immigration Process

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Regulate the immigration consultancy industry.

Transit & Transportation

Transit Investment

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Permanently double the Canada Community-Building Fund; Emphasise scaling low carbon transit projects, including electrifying transit by 2030; Help provinces & municipalities build toward fare-free transit; Promote smart community planning & active transportation; Implement a permanent, direct, allocation-based funding mechanism for modern public transit.

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Zero-Emission Vehicles

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Extend federal incentives for zero-emissions vehicles, and expand incentives to $15k per family for made-in-Canada vehicles; Waive federal sales tax on zero-emissions vehicle purchases; Move all federal government vehicle fleets to Electric Vehicles by 2025, using vehicles made in Canada where possible; Build out charging infrastructure.

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Intercity Transportation

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Develop a public intercity bus system; Support creating high-frequency rail along the Quebec-Windsor corridor; Expand rail service options in other regions; Work to restore the Ontario Northlander.

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Infrastructure

Northern Infrastructure

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Create a Northern Infrastructure Fund to fast-track investment & improve infrastructure like roads & broadband Internet for northern communities.

Internet Infrastructure

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Declare high-speed Internet as an essential service; Give every Canadian, including those in rural areas, access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband within 4 years; Take steps to create a Crown corporation to deliver quality, affordable telecom services.

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Infrastructure Funding

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Devote funding to public infrastructure; Use Community Benefit agreements to guarantee jobs, training, apprenticeships, & support for local businesses as part of infrastructure projects.

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International Relations

International Development

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Increase Canada's international development assistance, with the goal of contributing 0.7% of Gross National Income; Help low-income countries deal with the impacts of climate change, including climate financing to help protect the people most vulnerable.

Israel & Palestine

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work towards a just & lasting two-state solution that respects human rights & upholds international law; Play an active role in advancing peace, including by suspending arms sales to Israel until the end of the occupation.

China

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with allies to lead a robust & coordinated international response to China's disregard of the rule of law; Call out human rights abuses by China; Protect Hong Kong pro-democracy asylum seekers; Provide support for those facing threats by Chinese government entities here in Canada.

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Human Rights

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Make sure Canadian-made weapons aren't fuelling conflict & human rights abuses abroad.

Global Peace

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Support nuclear disarmament; Recommit to peacekeeping; Make sure Canadian-made weapons aren't fuelling conflict & human rights abuses abroad.

Global Health

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Generously support global efforts to make vaccines freely available to the most vulnerable; Support the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Waiver to waive intellectual property restrictions on manufacturing vaccines; Contribute more to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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Climate Change

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Help low-income countries deal with the impacts of climate change, including climate financing to help protect the people most vulnerable.

Québec

Official Languages

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with the provinces & territories to improve minority language education; Attract more French-speaking immigrants to Canada; Modernise the Official Languages Act with stronger oversight & accountability, and expand the scope of language rights; Require all Supreme Court justices to be bilingual; Adopt the principal of asymmetry; Improve access to services in the official language of choice.

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Misc.

Canada Post

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Restore door-to-door mail delivery to all communities that had it before cuts under the Conservative government.

Government Services

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Require governments to create & publish binding services standards for programs such as EI, veterans support, passports, Canada Revenue Agency call centres, & other services; Hold ministers responsible for those targets.

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Right-to-Repair

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Establish a right-to-repair on electronic devices and other prices.

Financial Advice & Institutions

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Require financial advisors to offer advice in their customers' best financial interests; Expand powers to investigate and enforce such rules.

Public Service

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Replace the Phoenix pay system; Reduce the contracting-out of of government work.

Accessibility

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Expand the Accessibility Act to cover all federal agencies equally, with power to make and enforce accessibility standards in a timely manner.

Veterans

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Work with veterans to design a system to provide fair benefits to veterans, including equal access to lifetime pensions; Get rid of backlogs for veterans' services by providing 1 caseworker for every 25 veterans, enacting automatic approvals for common injuries, & hiring more disability adjudicators; Expand the caregiver allowance to more people; Make the Veterans Ombudsman fully independent.

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CBC & Radio-Canada

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Increase funding for CBC & Radio-Canada.

Rural & Northern Services

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Improve access to in-person services in Northern and rural communities; Expand the Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit; Work with Canada Post to develop a model of postal banking; Reestablish vital regional air routes; Invest in regional economic development agencies; Implement a tax credit for graduates to work in rural or Northern communities; Increase funding for rural infrastructure.

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Government Ethics & Lobbying

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Add tougher penalties to the Conflict of Interest Act; Ban government officials from accepting donations from anyone whose private interest could be benefited by their decisions; Ban corporations facing criminal charges from lobbying elected officials; Introduce an ethical, social, & environmental screen on government procurement; Allow the Auditor General to review government advertising.

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The Senate

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Insist the Senate changes its rules to expedite the passage of legislation; Work with the provinces towards abolishing the Senate.

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Elections

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Bring in Mixed-Member Proportional Representation within a first mandate by establishing an independent citizen's assembly to recommend the best way to put it in place; After a first election under MMPR, hold a referendum to pick between the old & new systems; Lower the voting age to 16.

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Canada's Armed Forces

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Make sure troops have equipment, training, & support; Ensure funding supports national & international defence commitments, with a focus on advancing multilateral peacekeeping initiatives; Oppose the privatisation of services on Canadian Forces bases; Prioritise mental health support for service members and their families; Reform the universality of service principle.

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Sexual Harassment & Assault in the Military

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Immediately implement the recommendations from the Deschamps Report, including establishing independent oversight & accountability for sexual harassment & assault.

Broadcasting & Streaming

Policy by the New Democratic Party
Modernise the Broadcasting Act to create a level playing field between Canadian broadcasters & foreign streaming services.


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