2017 NDP Leadership

NDP Leadership

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Charlie Angus

Charlie Angus

Maxime Ashton

Niki Ashton

Guy Caron

Jagmeet Singh

Jagmeet Singh

Education

  • Promises to work towards a comprehensive education accord with the provinces that eliminates tuition, ensures adequate funding for research, sets standards for mental health and sexual assault policies, and improves working conditions for students, staff, and adjunct or contract faculty on campus (41, 53)
  • Would, in the meantime, eliminate interest on student loans, make the Repayment Assistance Program more accessible, increase funds for Indigenous students and ensure better bridge-in support, increase weekly aid limits for all students, and better harmonize federal and provincial retraining programs (41, 53)
  • Supports free post-secondary tuition on the condition that it’s costed and well thought out (19)
  • Would shift to stable and predictable funding for basic research, improve the diversity of scientific and other academic fields of research, and emphasize early career researchers in allocating new research money (41)
  • Pledges to investigate forgiving student debt after tuition fees are eliminated (53)
  • Believes that rates for international students will be reduced when universities are properly funded under a comprehensive education accord, and supports an easier pathway to residency and citizenship for international students (53)
  • Pledges to offer tuition free postsecondary education by implementing a postsecondary education transfer to the provinces which would ensure they use the funding to eliminate fees (29, 53)
  • Promises to eliminate interest on student loans and raise the threshold from $25,000 to $50,000 annual earnings under which repayments are not required (29, 53)
  • Would lift the 2% cap on annual funding to the postsecondary Student Support Program for Indigenous students, fund existing backlogs, and expand access to Metis students who are currently ineligible (29)
  • Promises to increase funding to the Tri-Council agencies for graduate-level research, ensure that the agencies are funded equally across disciplines, and remove all commercial earmarks so that funding is awarded based on academic merit (29)
  • Promises work with provincial governments and postsecondary education institutions to implement standards for campus sexual violence policies to ensure a higher standard of policy development, implementation and compliance (53, 54)
  • Pledges to work with provinces and territories to ensure international students can access postsecondary education at an affordable rate by regulating the cost of tuition and fees, and would ensure international students receive public healthcare coverage and the ability to apply for citizenship after graduating (29, 53)
  • Would not make free post-secondary a priority, though supports it, but would provide basic income reasoning it does not require negotiation with the provinces and provides more support (18, 53)
  • Pledges to return dedicated transfers to at least 1996 levels (53)
  • Promises to overhaul Canada’s postsecondary financial aid system with a focus on needs-based grants instead of tax credits (53)
  • Pledges to increase yearly funding for the PSSSP to provide additional support for Aboriginal students and would expand the eligibility criteria to include Métis (53)
  • Believes that an increase in dedicated transfers would reduce tuition for international students as universities would not longer be forced to rely on them for their financial needs (53)
  • Pledges to create a new, dedicated funding mechanism called the Post-Secondary Transfer to provinces to eliminate all tuition fees for both domestic and international students at a cost of $15 billion (53)
  • Promises to increase needs-based and non-repayable grants to students who are unable to cover living costs while attending university (53)
  • Pledges to eliminate interest charged on all federal loans to students, including outstanding student loan holders, and will negotiate with provinces to end the provincial portion as well (53)
  • Pledges to increase yearly funding for the PSSSP to provide additional support for Aboriginal students and would expand the eligibility criteria to include Métis and Non-Status Indians (53)
  • Would work to reduce gender-based violence on university campuses by: developing protocols to respond to incidents of gender-based violence, new competency training for students and staff, and supporting grassroots on-campus initiatives (53)

Economy

  • Would ensure federal assistance to business is connected to created and preserving jobs in Canada (5)
  • Promises to “fight” Bill C-27, which is currently in its second reading in the House, and which introduces a framework for “”target benefit plans”” which could make pension’s less secure (5, 52)
  • Would legislate a resale right for artists that permits visual artists to collect royalties from resale of their works (41)
  • Pledges to create a new program that gives urban communities the opportunity to set up democratically governed neighbourhood corporations that help locally-led social and business developments flourish, similar to the rural Community Futures program (41)
  • Would make community benefit agreements a requirement for federal funds in urban development, legislate a framework for them, and encourage their adoption by provinces and cities (41)
  • Would restrict the Canadian Pension Plan’s pursuit of foreign investment in favour of investing in Canada (7)
  • Pledges end “corporate giveaways” like the Bombardier bailout (7)
  • Promises to reject “unfair, job-killing trade deals and trade actions” (7)
  • Would introduce tougher restrictions against foreign takeovers (7)
  • Pledges to strengthen competition laws against price-gouging and poor service (7)
  • Promises to implement a guaranteed basic income so that all Canadians reach the low-income cut-off line (14)
  • Would cap interest payments to offshore subsidiaries (13)
  • Promises introduce an economic substance test for offshore subsidiaries (13)
  • Would limit RRSP Contributions to $20,000 (13)
  • Would increase the inflation target from 2% to 4% (25)
  • Pledges to implement a Canada Seniors Guarantee, combining Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Age Credit, and the Pension Income Credit (16)
  • Would introduce a Working Canadian Guarantee, incorporating funding from the Working Income Tax Benefit and Canada Employment Credit. The Guarantee would be more generous and slower in phasing out than the Working Income Tax Benefit, and would be provided monthly or quarterly rather than annually (16)
  • Promises to introduce a Canadians with Disabilities Guarantee, a non-taxable, substantial, progressive, income-tested benefit to Canadians living with severe disabilities (16)
  • Would create a national framework enshrining Community Benefits Agreements in federally-funded infrastructure projects (17)

Employment

  • Pledges to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/h, indexed to inflation (5)
  • Promises to increase proactive investigation and enforcement of labour laws and introduce anti-scab legislation (5)
  • Would establish a labour market partners’ forum so the government could work with labour and other stakeholders to develop programs and make labour market programs more accessible (5)
  • Would reduce the number of hours required for EI eligibility from 900 to 360 (5)
  • Would give term and student workers in the federal government a path to full-time work whenever possible, and would stop the use of poorly-paid temporary contract workers to fill long-term needs (5)
  • Would introduce a living income policy that leverages federal powers and initiatives to ensure household income keeps up with the cost of living (7)
  • Promises to create a national jobs program with a focus on sustainability and long-term prosperity (7)
  • Would take “decisive action” to end gendered, Indigenous, racialized, disabled and LGBTQ+ unemployment (7)
  • Pledges to apply labour laws to prisons to prevent exploitation of prison labourers and ensure prisons aren’t being used for profit (26)
  • Promises to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/h (25)
  • Pledges to invest $90 billion over a period of 10 years in large-scale job creating infrastructure projects, including $32 billion in renewable energy production, $30 billion to retrofit buildings into green buildings, $18 billion for public transit, and $10 billion for higher speed rail (25)
  • Would update the Canada Labour Code to replace the 8-hour workday with a 7-hour workday without wage loss (25)
  • Promises to modify federal labour regulations to promote full-time permanent work, fair scheduling, and paid sick leave (25)
  • Would create a new Community Economic Development Program to help communities diversity their economies (25)
  • Would strategically direct investments towards Indigenous, rural and remote communities where there are fewer employment opportunities (25)
  • Pledges to work with employers and provinces to mitigate negative impacts of industry closure and ensure the majority of affected workers receive skills training, transitional support, or retirement benefits (25)
  • Would provide incentives for volunteerism (25)
  • Promises ensure that employers provide severance, health insurance, and pensions for workers laid off due to the transition to a green and automated economy (25)
  • Would reduce the number of hours required for EI eligibility from 900 to 360 (25)
  • Would allow workers who lose their jobs due to the transition to a green and automated economy to receive full Canada Pension Plan benefits starting at age 60, without penalty (25)
  • Pledges to introduce Activity Accounts for Lifetime Learning for every Canadian to enable Canadians to finance lifetime learning and job retraining (25)
  • Would introduce a community-level study of potential employment impacts of the transition to a green and automated economy to allow the federal government to make evidence-based decisions about future strategic investments (25)
  • Promises to immediately raise the federal minimum wage to $15/h, indexed to inflation (17)
  • Pledges to establish a national workplace law review to revise federal labour standards, specifically addressing the increase in contract and temp agency work, pay and benefit inequity, and barriers to forming a union (17)
  • Would ensure temporary workers under federal jurisdiction receive the same wages, benefits and working conditions and permanent employees, and end the practice of long-term temporary assignments by requiring workers be made permanent employees after working for six months (17)
  • Would require that interns working for federally-regulated employers as part of an academic program be paid (17)
  • Promises to reinstate the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act, and extend the principles of fair wages and non-discriminatory hiring practices to all federal government procurement (17)

Immigration

  • Would ensure the federal government adequately funds organizations and programs that offer free ESL classes, employment assistance, and other services to newcomers (41)
  • Would immediately institute the right to citizenship for all migrant workers and Temporary Foreign workers (26)
  • Pledges to end racial targeting at border crossings by broadening the investigative office to include reports of racialized policing at ports of entry and allowing individuals to choose to have their border crossing screening filmed and publicly available for legal review (26)
  • Would repeal the safe third country act for the United States while it continues its current immigration practices (26)
  • Promises to amend the Immigration and Refugee Act so that applicants can no longer be disqualified from immigration due to disabilities (33)
  • Would immediately direct the Minister of Immigration to accept applications made by climate change migrants on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, s.25), and would ease restrictions on eligibility for private refugee sponsorship to allow the admission of climate change migrants. In the medium term, would introduce a new category of climate change refugees (30)
  • Has taken no clear stance on immigration or citizenship.

Environment

  • Pledges to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuel industries (4)
  • Would create a national carbon budget (a legislated cap on national emissions over a five-year period) and a National Carbon Budget Council which would advise governments on implementation and would audit government progress on their commitments (4)
  • Promises to create a new Crown corporation to fund public projects such as energy infrastructure, public transit, or municipal redesigns proven to reduce emissions. This would replace the current infrastructure bank. (4)
  • Would work with cities to improve green construction standards, fight sprawl, and reduce emissions (41)
  • Is committed to reducing GHG emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2025 (12)
  • Pledges to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuel industries(8)
  • Opposes the Kinder Morgan pipeline (10)
  • Would prioritize phasing out the sale of gas and diesel vehicles by 2040, give low income households interest free loans to purchase electric vehicles, fund municipal public transit and transportation electrification projects, and in partnership with communities, build quick charging stations for electric cars (12)
  • Pledges to increase community grants to build sidewalks, cycling facilities and other active transportation projects (12)
  • Would create four industry-specific Green Canada Advisory Boards for forestry, agriculture, fishing, and energy to bring all stakeholders together to develop best practices to be implemented by the new crown corporation, Green Canada, and ensure industry, workers, and experts are working collaboratively to support a transition to a green economy (12)
  • Pledges financial support for workers in carbon-intensive industries to upgrade their skills to work in low-carbon industries (12)
  • Would implement a Youth Green Job Guarantee which would provide applicants with a six-month period of good quality employment geared towards a green economy (12)
  • Would retool fabrication shops and factories to produce components for clean energy projects (12)
  • Promises create a national retrofit strategy to make existing buildings more energy efficient and lower carbon emitters, and would implement mandatory home energy labelling (12)
  • Pledges to invest $10 billion annually to build 40,000 units of green public housing (12)
  • Would invest in community-owned renewable electricity generation for off grid communities (12)
  • Promises to help homeowners switch to renewable fuels for home heating (12)
  • Would fund open-source research into solutions for climate change challenges and invest in public sector clean energy innovation (12)
  • Would adopt a carbon budget based on scientific evidence that tracks Canada’s remaining fair share of GHGs (12)
  • Pledges to make Canada do more to aid those most affected by climate change, particularly women and girls (12)
  • Would provide developing nations financial support through grants to assist decarbonizing their economies, as well as sharing technology and best practices (12)
  • Promises to reform the Environmental Impact Assessment processes so that all new federal infrastructure projects are compatible with Canada’s Paris commitments (12)
  • Would make the promotion of clean energy an intrinsic part of Canada’s foreign policy (12)
  • Is committed t to reducing GHG emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2025 (30)
  • Pledges to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuel industries (30)
  • Opposes the Kinder Morgan, Energy East, and Keystone XL pipeline projects (30)
  • Plans for 50% of all vehicles on the road to be electric by 2041, and would introduce regulations in 2021 to begin implementation of this goal (30)
  • Would create a Secretariat to coordinate a federal government electrification of transportation strategy, establish a fund to promote the use of electrical transportation, deply thousands of new charging stations across Canada, offer rebates of up to $8,000 for purchases of personal electric vehicles, and up to $50,000 for purchases of medium- and heavy-duty electric buses or trucks, extend metro and subway lines in major urban centres, support municipalities to electrify transportation, and create a world-class research and advanced technology institution dedicated to transportation electrification (30)
  • Promises to invest in research and development of lithium and rare earth elements to create sufficient domestic production of batteries (30)
  • Would invest $90 billion over a period of 10 years in large-scale, green infrastructure projects, including $32 billion in renewable energy production, $30 billion to retrofit buildings into green buildings, $18 billion for public transit, and $10 billion for higher speed rail (25)
  • Promises to implement a gradually increasing carbon tax from $50/tonne in 2020 to $150/tonne in 2030. Revenues would be used to fund green initiatives and rebate low- and middle-income families (30)
  • Would apply carbon pricing to all imports from countries with lower carbon prices, and would give rebates to Canadian companies whose exports are harmed as a result of lower carbon pricing in other countries (30)
  • Would completely restructure the National Energy Board, ensuring it aligns with the Paris Agreement and UNDRIP, including climate change and sustainability considerations within the definition of “”public interest””, and overhauling the approvals process, among other changes (30)
  • Is committed to reducing GHG emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2025 (15)
  • Would phase-out fossil fuel subsidies and corporate tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry by 2020, and use sales tax incentives and rebates on good, services, and investments to support energy efficiency and renewable energy (15)
  • Opposes Kinder Morgan and Energy East pipelines (15)
  • Pledges to introduce a tax on high emission vehicles and provide tax rebates on zero emission vehicles, especially non-luxury models, and would build electric charging stations across Canada (15)
  • Would adopt a National Public Transit Strategy to provide long-term funding for public transit (15)
  • Promises to assist provinces to phase out coal by 2030 (15)
  • Pledges to reverse the current government’s decision to delay action on methane emission reductions in the oil and gas industry (15)
  • Promises to introduce a Green Building Compact including federal energy efficiency policies, a revamp of building codes, and a national building retrofit program and renewable heating program (15)
  • Would introduce GHG emission standards to federal infrastructure spending (15)
  • Would talk with provinces, territories and First Nations about creating an east-west renewable electricity grid (15)
  • Would ensure carbon pricing is twinned with rebates for low and middle income Canadians (15)
  • Would negotiate with provinces on carbon pricing (15)
  • Would support worker retraining for workers in high emission sectors, provide additional supports to workers close to retirement, and target other government spending towards communities highly impacted by the shift away from high emission industries (15)
  • Would establish a Climate Change Action Officer (CCAO) to report on progress on emission reductions and provide prescriptive policy to enable government course correction (15)
  • Would empower the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development to gather data from the provinces and report on how it measures against targets every two years (15)
  • Promises to appoint an advisory group of regional and topic-specific experts to support the CCAO in interpreting data (15)
  • Would require major publicly traded Canadian companies to disclose climate-related risks to their businesses (15)

Defence

  • Would abolish no-fly lists and rely on existing criminal law to deal with genuine security threats instead (26)
  • Is presently opposed to the use of no-fly lists because of the secretive process by which individuals are added to them, but might reconsider them later on (50)
  • Would remove all children from Canada’s no-fly list, ensure the lists are created and maintained with unique identifiers like date of birth and passport information, and create an official redress system to correct errors (24)

Housing

  • Promises to create a $1.1 billion National Low Income Housing Benefit to cover the gap between actual rental costs and a reasonable rate for people with low incomes (3)
  • Pledges to create an Affordable Housing Initiative Credit of up to $150 million per year, rent in units built through this credit would be capped at 80% of market rate, and 20% of units would be set aside for tenants from Housing First programs (3)
  • Promises commit an extra $1 billion to maintain existing social housing units and another $1 billion to build new homes that are a mix of social housing and co-operative mixed-income housing (3)
  • Would work to expand co-operative housing, a model that promotes integrated communities and democratic control of local resources and community land trusts (3)
  • Pledges to invest $1 billion annually into building more supportive housing (3)
  • Would expand the Homelessness Partnering Strategy which provides federal support to communities to empower them to implement local solutions to homelessness (3)
  • Would invest $10 billion annually to build 40,000 units of green public housing (12)
  • Has not made any clear statements on housing.
  • Would work with provinces to provide training for housing service providers so they become affirming, safe and supportive for LGBTQI2S+ youth, and would modify shelters and transitional housing to better serve LGBTQI2S+ youth (36)

Electoral Reform

  • Pledges to implement a mixed-member proportional system (42)
  • Promises make proportional representation one of the key demands on any minority government supported by the NDP (42)
  • Pledges to introduce legislation to change the current First Past the Post electoral system to a Mixed Member Proportional system with open regional lists within the first mandate of an NDP government (34)
  • Promises to make instituting electoral reform a condition of support for any minority government (43)
  • Pledges to introduce legislation to change the current First Past the Post electoral system to a Mixed Member Proportional system with regional lists as the first bill of an NDP government, and would hold a referendum after two electoral cycles under the new system for Canadians to ratify the new system (35, 50)
  • Promises to make electoral reform a condition for the support of a minority government (35)
  • Pledges to bring in a system with both local and proportional representation (made-in-Canada mixed member proportional representation) in time for the next election (44)
  • Would consult with caucus and advocate the inclusion of proportional representation as a condition in any minority government (44)
  • Believes that the first thing that is needed is to educate people about the benefits of proportional representation (27)

Health

  • Would work with the provinces and territories to create a Pharmacare plan based on four principles: universal access to approved drugs, a fair distribution of the costs, a safe and appropriate prescription process that puts patients’ needs first, and a commitment for getting maximum value for money (5)
  • Promises increase parental leave benefits to 70% of their salary up to the maximum insurable earnings and would lower eligibility requirements (5)
  • Pledges with cities and provinces to develop locally-driven food security strategies focussing on environmental protection to ensure long-term access to food and water from local sources, supporting local food initiatives, and fighting food deserts (41)
  • Promises to create a national pharmaceutical drug distribution agency to cut down the cost of prescription drugs by buying in bulk (7)
  • Pledges to create a Canada Pharmacare Act and establish an Essential Drug Fund to provide access to essential medications (11)
  • Would modernize regulations in the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board to set reasonable price limits on non-covered patented brand-name drugs (11)
  • Would expand the Canada Health Act to include preventative dental care, and work with provinces to ensure all Canadians have access to public dental insurance (11)
  • Promises to work with provinces to offer comprehensive access to reproductive and maternity health care for all women, including in rural, northern and Indigenous communities (6)
  • Would work with provinces to expand access to gender-affirming health care, including gender-affirming surgery (6)
  • Pledges to develop Canada-wide standards for mental health care and tracking outcomes, and address gaps in mental health care between youth and adult services (11)
  • Would ensure minimum access to paid sick leave and create stronger laws protecting workers from facing discrimination because of mental health needs (11)
  • Promises to expand access to supervised drug consumption sites and replacement therapy to “end the criminalization of addiction” (11)
  • Pledges to develop a national strategy for LGBTQ2+ health to increase institutional capacity to research and identify health services gaps and social determinants of health in the LGBTQ2+ community, with a focus on accessibility to primary healthcare providers, and would fund community-led programs and services (32)
  • Believes that his guaranteed basic income supplement will allieviate strain on the healthcare system due to poverty (14)
  • Would fund collection of anonymized data to conduct research on the health care needs and experiences of LGBTQI2S+ individuals to ensure provinces are able to improve health care systems (36)
  • Would advocate for policy changes around non-medically necessary surgery at birth for babies born intersex to allow them to self-identify their gender at a later age (36)
  • Pledges to immediately repeal the ban on blood, tissue and organ donation by men who have sex with men and trans women who have sex with men, reorienting towards individual risk assessments (36)

Indigenous

  • Promises to establish an Indigenous Children’s Ombudsperson to ensure all federal government departments comply with policies aimed at promoting Indigenous child welfare (1)
  • Would audit Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and work with Indigenous peoples to identify programs to hand over to Indigenous communities (1)
  • Promises to work with the Parliamentary Budget Office and Indigenous leadership to determine the cost of service delivery (1)
  • Would require the Justice Department to act in compliance with UNDRIP, TRC, and CHRT and not fight Indigenous rights in court (1)
  • Pledges to empower the Office of the Information Commissioner to ensure that all documents relating to public delivery of services from health, education, infrastructure, and planning are made public (1)
  • Would partner with cities to strengthen friendship centres, ensure that Indigenous people benefit from new housing initiatives, and support access to postsecondary education and training (41)
  • Pledges to implement a family-led national public inquiring into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, including the review of the role of law enforcement and government authorities (6)
  • Promises immediately revise the Terms of Reference of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Inquiry to include the right to investigate policy misconduct, including investigating specific cases (26)
  • Would provide First Nation communities with the independence and resources they need to utilize their own clean energy and ensure Indigenous communities always have a seat on the Green Canada Advisory Boards (12)
  • Promises to work with provinces and territories to implement Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action #62 within the justice system (26)
  • Would appoint a Deputy Commissioner for Indigenous Corrections and develop culturally appropriate and gender specific assessment tools, founded on Gladue principles, to be used with Indigenous offenders (26, 31)
  • Pledges to conduct a review of the gaps and barriers to increase participation of Elders in federal corrections and publicly release its recommendations (26)
  • Would lift the 2% cap on annual funding to the postsecondary Student Support Program for Indigenous students, fund existing backlogs, and expand access to Metis students who are currently ineligible (29)
  • Promises to increase funding for Indigenous communities’ education, infrastructure, and health care to the same levels as non-Indigenous communities (31)
  • Promises to immediately lift federal restrictions on shelter funding for off-reserve Indigenous communities and invest in subsidized, affordable housing and infrastructure (31)
  • Would work with First Nations on the development of their own standards of protection for drinking water and on finding solutions to safe drinking water and sanitation services, and would provide adequate funding (31)
  • Supports the creation of urban reserves (31)
  • Would uphold Jordan’s Principle in accordance with the intent set out in the tribunal ruling so that First Nations children can address public services ordinarily available to other Canadian children without service denials, delays or disruptions related to their First Nations status (31)
  • Promises to consult and engage with Métis people to ensure their rights are recognized, and outstanding claims are addressed (31)
  • Promises to address issues of access to food for remote and northern communities by exploring the regulated pricing of grocers in the North, reviewing the Nutrition North program and subsidizing foods that fit diet needs of Indigenous communities in the North, and would consult with northern Indigenous communities to seek further solutions (31)
  • Would “properly apply” the duty to consult and accommodate, and would acknowledge treaties as living documents, not historical (31)
  • Pledges to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as law in Canada (50, 51)
  • Would adopt and implement all recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) that fall under the purview of the federal government (51)
  • Would undertake a joint review with Indigenous Peoples of federal laws and policies, and promises to establish a new National Council for Reconciliation to monitor, evaluate and report on this process annually (51)
  • Promises to reset and modify the mandate and processes of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in consultation with affected families and organizations, including members of the LGTBQ2S community (51)
  • Would repeal and replace the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act as replace it with a new agreement arrived at with collaboration of Indigenous Peoples (51)
  • Promises to seek free, prior and informed consent for all pipeline and natural gas projects and climate change plans and policies (51)
  • Would seek to create a new nation-to-nation dialogue with Indigenous Peoples to develop a new fiscal relationship and new revenue-sharing from resource extraction (51)
  • Pledges to immediately eliminate the discrepancy in federal education fund for Indigenous children on and off reserves (51)
  • Would rescind the 2% cap on funding and invest a total of $724 million per year into Indigenous post-secondary education (51)
  • Promises to develop a new strategy to revitalize Indigenous languages in consultation with Indigenous Peoples and create a new Indigenous Languages Act (51)
  • Would uphold Jordan’s Principle in accordance with the intent set out in the tribunal ruling so that First Nations children can address public services ordinarily available to other Canadian children without service denials, delays or disruptions related to their First Nations status (51)
  • Supports the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and obtain free prior and informed consent from Indigenous peoples before implementing legislation or measures that affect them (2)
  • Pledges to increase yearly funding for the PSSSP to provide additional support for Aboriiginal students and would expand the eligibility criteria to include Métis and Non-Status Indians (53)

Taxes

  • Promises target corporate tax havens (5)
  • Would increase the maximum amount for the Working Income Tax Benefit and make it available to more low-income earners, including full-time workers (5)
  • Would implement income tax averaging for all artists (41)
  • Would introduce two new income tax brackets making those earning over $120,000 pay a higher percentage (8)
  • Promises to eliminate the 50% tax exemption on investment income for individuals and corporations (8)
  • Would introduce a $1 million lifetime cap on capital gains exemption for principal residences and a 10% surtax on capital gains from non-principal residences (8)
  • Pledges to give the CRA more resources to address corporate and white collar tax evasion (8)
  • Would double the GST/HST Tax Credit and increase the credit for those living in northern communities (8)
  • Pledges to replace the non-refundable Disability Tax Credit with a refundable Canada Disability benefit more generous to those on lower incomes (8)
  • Promises increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement (8)
  • Would raise corporate taxes to 21% for large corporations (8)
  • Would introduce a Financial Activities Tax of 5% which big banks would pay on their profits and bankers’ bonuses (8)
  • Pledges to eliminate loopholes that benefit corporations and the wealthy, including the CEO stock option loophole, the corporate meals and entertainment deduction, the abuse of small business tax by wealthy families, the price-transfer loophole, untaxed e-commerce profits and more (8)
  • Would introduce a wealth tax of 1% on assets of those with a net worth of $1 million, progressively rising to 1.5% for those with a net worth of $10 million or more; principal residences will be exempt (8)
  • Would introduce an estate tax, taxing inheritances over $4 million at 45% (8)
  • Would cap TFSA contributions at $2,500 annually and $50,000 over lifetime, and cap RRSP contributions at $20,000 annually (8)
  • Promises to introduce a Financial Transactions Tax of 1.5% on purchases of stocks (8)
  • Would create a Tax Crimes Division within the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute white collar criminals and tax cheats (13)
  • Pledges to introduce a Financial Activities Tax on the profits of financial institutions and banking executives’ remuneration packages (13)
  • Promises to eliminate the CEO stock option loophole (13)
  • Would cancel the 2nd tax bracket cut (20.5% to 22% over $45,000) and apply to the 1st tax bracket (15% to 14% under $45,000) (13)
  • Pledges to eliminate corporate meals and entertainment deduction (13)
  • Promises to tax foreign e-commerce corporate profits (13)
  • Would introduce an Inheritance Tax (Estate Tax) of 45% on assets over $5 million (13)
  • Promises to enforce tax on Havens Witholding Taxes (1% of funds) (13)
  • Would increase the corporate income tax rate from 15% to 19% (13)
  • Pledges to introduce a Wealth Tax of 1% on the net worth of the wealthiest 10% of Canadians (13)
  • Would introduce tax brackets for Canadians earning $350,000 and $500,000 that are 2% and 4% higher than the existing marginal rate respectively (16)
  • Pledges to increase the capital gains inclusion rate from 50% to 75% (16)
  • Would implement a 40% estate tax on assets over $4 million, exempting primary residences (16)
  • Would increase the Corporate Income Tax from 15% to 19.5% (16)
  • Promises to end corporate tax write-offs for entertainment and meals (16)
  • Would proved the CRA additional resources to combat tax evasion (16)
  • Would create a Tax Fairness Commission to review the tax system, including tax credits, deductions and the TFSA and make recommendations for a more progressive and balanced tax system (16)

LGBTQ2+

  • Has not explicitly stated any LGBTQ2+ policies.
  • Would develop a national strategy for LGBTQ2+ health to increase institutional capacity to research and identify health services gaps and social determinants of health in the LGBTQ2+ community, with a focus on accessibility to primary healthcare providers, and would fund community-led programs and services (32)
  • Would provide a non-binary gender option for federal ID, and push for a review of federal data-gathering practices to only gather data on gender where it is justified by a real need (32)
  • Would support federal data collection for the Trans community to identify and eliminate LGBTQ2+ violence (32)
  • Would end the ban on blood donations from gay men and transgender persons (32)
  • Would work with the provinces to add protections in provincial human rights codes for gender identity and expression (32)
  • Would work with provinces to encourage better same-sex and non-binary sex and relationship education programs, and would push for a national student equality advocate accessible to everyone enrolled in school so that students at risk have support and protection (32)
  • Has not explicitly stated any LGBTQ2+ policies.
  • Would work with provinces to provide training for housing service providers so they become affirming, safe and supportive for LGBTQI2S+ youth, including altering provincial Child Welfare best practices to ensure LGBTQI2S+ youth are not put in antagonistic placements, creating and funding an opt-in registry of foster placements that have received training, training shelter and housing providers to use a client’s correct name and pronouns and intervene in cases of homophobia and transphobia, and engage with LGBTQI2S+ advocacy groups to develop training for RCMP (36)
  • Would modify shelters and transitional housing to serve LGBTQI2S+ youth by hiring LGBTQI2S+ staff, ending segregation of facilities by assigned sex or gender, adding private bathrooms and change-rooms, giving queer and trans competency training to clients and staff, and building connections with LGBTQI2S community organizations and health services (36)
  • Would allow applicants to self-declare gender and include a non-binary gender option X on federal documents, including passports and immigration identification, without requiring medical documentation or additional fees (36)
  • Would remove the gender markers requirement from the Secure Air Travel Act, allowing provinces to remove gender completely on ID they issues (36)
  • Would ensure LGBTQI2S+ competency training is part of general training fro CBSA and RCMP (36)
  • Would advocate at the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization to remove the requirement for gender markers on travel documents internationally (36)
  • Would require federal agencies that collect gender information do it separately from individual identification and include an non-binary option (36)
  • Would update the Census to include question specific to the LGBTQI2S+ community to ensure data is available for further research and policy initiatives (36)
  • Would work with provinces to remove gender fields from provincial ID (36)
  • Would fund collection of anonymized data to conduct research on the health care needs and experiences of LGBTQI2S+ folks to ensure provinces are able to improve health care systems (36)
  • Would advocate for policy changes around non-medically necessary surgery at birth for babies born intersex to allow them to self-identify their gender at a later age (36)
  • Would immediately repeal the ban on blood, tissue and organ donation by men who have sex with men and trans women who have sex with men, reorienting towards individual risk assessments (36)

Quebec and Secularism

  • Believes it is the role of the courts to respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in relation to Quebec secularism issues because he does not trust politicians to dictate the rights of minorities (40, 55)
  • Would respect the will of Quebecers on the issue of secularism, but says there is no justification for a government to tell anyone what they should and shouldn’t wear, and if legislation were to impede on a person’s rights and freedoms, the federal government would have to work with Quebec to find a different way forward (38, 39, 55)
  • Would apply Bill 101 (the Charter of the French Language) to businesses in Quebec that fall under federal jurisdiction (37)
  • Would recognize that the National Assembly of Quebec has all the authority and rights to legislate on issues of secularism in its jurisdiction, despite his personal belief that the state should not dictate what people can wear (37, 54)
  • Would enact legislation requiring Supreme Court judges be bilingual (37)
  • Would be open to a dialogue so that in the long term, Quebec can consent to sign the Constitution (37)
  • Opposes Bill 62 (which would prevent women from wearing face coverings from delivering or accessing government services) and any attempt to legislate secularism as he believes it contravenes individual freedoms (54, 55)
  • Is confident that secular bills will be struck down by Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and believes that federal legal action is likely unnecessary (54, 55)

Israel

  • Has criticized Israel for taking over Palestinian land for settlements, and stated that Canada has a role to play in pushing for justice (20, 45)
  • Supports the adoption of labelling standards that would require products coming from occupied Palestinian territory to be labelled as such, similar to the approach used by the European Union (45)
  • Opposes the use of sanctions or banning of goods created in Israel n regards to their conduct towards Palestine (45)
  • Opposes parliamentary condemnation of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement as he believes it is not the government’s role to condemn a peaceful civil society movement, and spoke out against the Parliamentary condemnation towards the group in 2016 (45, 46)
  • Would support a “balanced position and a just peace” in the Middle East, including for Palestinians (9)
  • Supports the work of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement (47)
  • Would implement a labelling regime on goods originating inIsrael and would ban imports of goods originating in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories (47)
  • Would consider targeted sanctions against the Israeli government should it fail to live up to its international obligations (47)
  • Pledges to put in place a moratorium on all expense-paid trips for MPs supplied by pro-Israeli organizations as she believes that these are unethical and provide only a one-sided perspective of the conflict (47)
  • Voted against a motion in Parliament to condemn Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS), but is not sure BDS is the most constructive way to intervene (22)
  • Would consider a moratorium on all expense-paid trips for MPs supplied by pro-Israeli organizations (48)
  • Spoke out against a motion in the Ontario Legislature to condemn Boycott Divestment Sanctions in December 2016 viewing it as an attack on free speech and criticism of government policy (21, 49)
  • Supports a labelling regime on goods originating in Israel and would consider banning goods originating in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories (49)

NDP Party

  • Promises to create permanent, deliberative, and democratically elected policy development bodies modelled on citizens’ assemblies to drive party policy priorities, these bodies would be gender balanced and have members from equity-seeking groups (23)
  • Pledges to commit to frequent issues-based tours to different parts of the country to listen to priorities and concerns (23)
  • Would ensure that Quebec and Indigenous voices are always heard in the NDP and reflected in its platform (23)
  • Promises provide tools and training to help riding associations with fundraising, and would ensure better communication between the party and ridings and among ridings through regional councils (23)
  • Believes that the NDP needs to engage in democratic reform within the party and spend more time talking about policies and principles and less time on polling and public relations (28)
  • Promises amend NDP party policy so that all party meetings and candidate campaign offices would be required to be physically accessible to all members; captioning would be required for all party videos, and ASL interpretation would be required at party conventions, nomination meetings, and AGMs; any barriers created by costs related to disability incurred by candidates would be covered by the party; and staff at constituency offices are representative of the diverse constituency of Canada, including persons with disabilities (33)
  • Would reinvigorate the NDP organization in Quebec by hiring 10 dedicated organizers to target 60 identified Quebec constituencies that are either incumbent ridings or winnable for the NDP (37)
  • Claims to have signed up 47,000 new NDP members during the leadership race, though that number that has been contested by his opponents (55)

References

  1. Charlie Angus’s Indigenous Policy
  2. Jagmeet Singh’s Indigenous Policy
  3. Charlie Angus’s Housing Policy
  4. Charlie Angus’s Climate Change Policy
  5. Charlie Angus’s Working Class Policy
  6. Niki Ashton’s Gender Policy
  7. Niki Ashton’s Economic Policy
  8. Niki Ashton’s Tax Policy
  9. Niki Ashton’s Middle East policy
  10. Niki Ashton’s Kinder Morgan Policy
  11. Niki Ashton’s Health Policy
  12. Niki Ashton’s Environment Policy
  13. Guy Caron’s Tax Policy
  14. Guy Caron’s Basic Income Policy
  15. Jagmeet Singh’s Climate Policy
  16. Jagmeet Singh’s Income Security Policy
  17. Jagmeet Singh’s Work Policy
  18. Metro News
  19. Charlie Angus’s Twitter
  20. Charlie Angus’s Twitter
  21. Ontario Legislature Hansard
  22. Ricochet
  23. Charlie Angus’s Party Renewal Policy
  24. Jagmeet Singh’s No Fly List Policy
  25. Guy Caron’s Jobs Policy
  26. Niki Ashton’s Racial Justice Policy
  27. August 2 Leadership Debate Victoria
  28. Alberni Valley News
  29. Niki Ashton’s Education Policy
  30. Guy Caron’s Climate Justice Policy
  31. Niki Ashton’s Indigenous Policy
  32. Niki Ashton’s LGBTQ2+ Policy
  33. Niki Ashton’s Accessibility Policy
  34. Niki Ashton’s Electoral Reform Policy
  35. Guy Caron News
  36. Jagmeet Singh’s LGBTQI2S+ Policy
  37. Guy Caron’s Quebec Policy
  38. Niki Ashton’s Twitter
  39. Huffington Post
  40. Huffington Post
  41. Charlie Angus’s Urban Agenda
  42. Fair Vote Canada
  43. Fair Vote Canada
  44. Fair Vote Canada
  45. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East Questionnaire Response, Charlie Angus
  46. Al Jazeera
  47. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East Questionnaire Response, Niki Ashton
  48. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East Questionnaire Response, Guy Caron
  49. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East Questionnaire Response, Jagmeet Singh
  50. Correspondence between iCANParty and Guy Caron on September 11, 2017
  51. Guy Caron’s Nation to Nation Policy
  52. Open Parliament, Bill C-27
  53. Canadian Federation of Students Candidate Questionnaire
  54. Niki Ashton’s Ending Gender Violence and Discrimination Policy
  55. Huffingonton Post
  56. Toronto Star
  57. CBC
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