Liberal Party

Justin Trudeau

About Justin

47 years old

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Justin Trudeau was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the son of former Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau. He worked as a French and math teacher in Vancouver, B.C, and served as the chair of Katimavik, the Canadian national youth service program. In 2008, he became a Member of Parliament and was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in 2013. Justin once starred in a CBC mini-series called The Great War and portrayed a young Canadian soldier in the Battle of Passchendaele.

Economy

A re-elected Liberal government would implement a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour, set to rise with inflation. For provinces and territories where a higher minimum wage is already in place, those minimums will remain.[1]

To cut down on costs for business-owners, the Liberals would eliminate the “swipe fee” on HST and GST that merchants must pay to credit card companies every time a credit card is swiped.[2]

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Environment

A re-elected Liberal government would plant two billion trees over ten years as part of a $3 billion fund for natural climate solutions. The fund would support efforts to better manage, conserve, and restore forests, grasslands, agricultural lands, wetlands, and coastal areas.[6]

The Liberal government has committed to conserve and protect 25 per cent of Canada’s land and 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025 and to work towards protecting 30 per cent in each by 2030.[7]

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Energy

The Liberal Party pledges that if elected they will introduce legally binding targets to make Canada carbon-neutral by 2050. This means that Canada would put the same or fewer carbon emissions into the air as compared to what is taken out.[10][11]

If elected, the Liberal government will offer Canadians up to $40,000 in interest-free loans to renovate their homes to make them more energy efficient. They would also provide up to $5,000 to buy net-zero emission homes.[12]

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Healthcare

If re-elected, the Liberals will set clear national standards for access to mental health services, and continue to improve access to homecare and palliative care.[13]

The Liberal government will continue to respond to the opioid crisis. If re-elected, the Liberals will invest $700 million towards expanding access to drug treatment and combating opioid and meth addiction between 2020-2024.[1][14]

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Pharmacare

A re-elected Liberal government would move forward with three foundational elements of national pharmacare: (1) A Canadian Drug Agency to coordinate assessment and negotiation of prescription drug prices on behalf of Canadians; (2) a ‘national formulary’ that provides a comprehensive, evidence-based list of prescribed drugs; and (3) a national strategy for high-cost drugs for rare diseases to ensure better access to the effective treatments for Canadians.[15][16]

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International Relations

If elected, a Liberal Government will establish a Canadian Centre for Peace, Order and Good Government to help those seeking to build peace, advance justice, promote human rights and democracy worldwide.[1]

A re-elected Liberal government would introduce a permanent, dedicated refugee stream for human rights advocates, journalists, and humanitarian workers at risk, with a target of helping resettle as many as 250 people a year.[1]

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Education and Training

If re-elected, a Liberal government will invest $100 million into skills training for workers in green industries.[12]

A re-elected Liberal government would create a Canadian Apprenticeship Service to help Red Seal apprentices get the work experience they need to finish their certification. Under this program, the federal government would provide up to $10,000 per apprentice over four years for each new position created.[1]

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Immigration

If re-elected, a Liberal government will move forward with two programs. First, a Municipal Nominee Program will allow local communities, chambers of commerce, and local labour councils to directly sponsor permanent immigrants. Second, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot that currently supports greater immigration across Atlantic Canada would be made permanent. At least 5,000 new spaces will be dedicated to each of these programs.[1]

If re-elected, the Liberal government would end the application process fee for those that have fulfilled the requirements to become a Canadian citizen.[1]

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Housing

The Liberals would move forward with a First-Time Home Buyer Incentive. This would take up to ten percent off the price of a home to provide more help to Canadians living in higher-cost housing markets (to begin, the incentive will be available for those living in the greater Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria regions).[19]

A Liberal government would introduce a low-cost flood insurance program for Canadians who own homes in areas that are at risk for floods and are not already covered. The Liberals would also help homeowners in high-risk areas to relocate.[12]

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Transit

The Liberals believe that public transit is a key part of what makes our communities better places to live. In Budget 2016 and 2017, the Liberals invested $28.7 billion in transit upgrades and improvements. A re-elected Liberal government will contribute an additional $3 billion more per year in stable, predictable transit funding to Canadian cities.[20][1]

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Childcare

A re-elected Liberal government would increase the Canada Child Benefit by 15% for children under the age of one. This will amount to up to an additional $1,000 for new parents.[21]

If elected, a Liberal government will spend $535 million to create 250,000 new before- and after-school child care spaces.[22]

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Indigenous Issues

If re-elected, a Liberal government will enact new legislation to improve the quality of health care for Indigenous people. This legislation would be co-developed with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit governments to meet the unique needs of each Indigenous group.[23]

A re-elected Liberal government would maintain its commitment to closing the gap between the living conditions of Indigenous Peoples and the non-Indigenous population. A Liberal government would be committed to eliminating all long-term drinking water advisories on reserve by 2021.[24][1][25]

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Justice

If elected, a Liberal government will ban semi-automatic assault weapons and enable municipalities to restrict or prohibit handguns. To reduce gun violence, a buy-back program will be introduced for legally purchased military-style assault rifles.[26][1]

A re-elected Liberal government will provide free legal aid to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence to make sure that they have access to quality, affordable legal representation.[1]

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