2019 Newfoundland and Labrador

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The policies outlined below are incomplete and will be updated as we approach the election so be sure to check in with us before the big day. This was put together by humans and is therefore imperfect. If you spot something missing or that appears biased please let us know through the “bull” button. Thank you, and happy choosing!

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Childcare

  • Provide free eye exams for children, beginning in Fall 2019 (8) [Healthcare]

Childcare

  • Change the funding model so that families with a combined gross family income of $150,000 or less will pay a maximum of $25 dollars per day per child, families that earn less than $32,500 will pay nothing, and families that earn between $65,000 and $32,500 will have a partial subsidy based on a sliding scale (15)
  • Introduce a grant program for home renovations to meet the requirements to become a licensed childcare provider (15)

Childcare

  • Work towards a public, universal, affordable childcare program for $25 per day (17)

Culture & Tourism

  • Increase funding to the ArtsNL grant program to $5 million by 2022 (8,19)
  • Allocate $200,000 for renovations to the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre in Carbonear (2)
  • $3.45 million for the Cultural Economic Development Program (16)
  • $4 million for the Film Equity Program (16)

Culture & Tourism

  • Increase funding to the ArtsNL grant program to $5 million by 2022 (15)
  • Increase the numbers of seats on planes that use the province’s airports (15)

Culture & Tourism

  • Increase the ArtsNL grant to $5 million by 2022 (17)

Economy & Employment

  • Balance the budget by 2022-2023 by continuing to eliminate about 900 public service positions, saving an annual $25 million (5,16)
  • $2.5 million to a fishery workers assistance program in the event of an industry downturn or quota cuts (2, 3) [Food and Agriculture]
  • Increase production of shrimp in-province by up to 7000 tonnes (2, 6) [Food and Agriculture]
  • Double the amount of food produced in-province by 2022 (10) [Food & Agriculture]
  • Opposes privatization (18)
  • Double salmon and shellfish aquaculture production (16) [Food & Agriculture]]

Economy & Employment

  • Provide regular increases to the minimum wage by linking it to the Consumer Price Index (15)
  • Hold a referendum on equalization that requires Canada to negotiate a new deal (15)
  • Require community benefits agreements to be included with contractors’ bid packages for jobs using public funds (15)
  • Opposes privatization (18)

Economy & Employment

  • Increase the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2021 (17)
  • Introduce a ban on replacement workers during legal strikes (17)

Education

  • $350,000 for social and emotional learning curriculums in schools (8)
  • $300,000 to increase student assistant hours (8)

Education

  • Implement basic first aid training for every high school student (15)
  • Develop a new policy on school busing within 1.6 kilometres of school (15)
  • Develop remedial programs, teaching techniques, policies and funding model to improve reading, and math skills before entry into the Intermediate education program (15)
  • Reviewf the senior high school curriculum and make changes to ensure that courses are relevant and promote creative thinking, problem solving, financial literacy, civic participation, and decision-making skills (15)
  • Identify students who are at risk of dropping out and develop outreach programs and services to ensure their continued education and develop more robust mechanisms for obtaining high school certification, for students who have already dropped out (15)
  • Provide training in American Sign Language to teachers and fellow students of deaf and hard of hearing students (15)

Education

  • Increase the number of student assistants, guidance counsellors, social workers and others as needed (17) Provide every deaf student access to sign language interpretatio (17)

Environment & Parks

  • $347,000 for the Provincial solid waste management strategy (8)
  • Implement carbon pricing plan (1)
  • Decrease reliance on diesel electricity in off-grid communities (1)
  • Build climate resilient infrastructure (1)
  • $2 million for development of Electric vehicle infrastructure (20)
  • $300 million for a $5,000 rebate on an electric vehicle costing less than $45,000 (20)

Environment & Parks

  • Fight the federal carbon tax (15)
  • Ban single use plastic bags (15)
  • Expand the number of vehicles in the government fleet that are electric (15)
  • Make low-income housing across the province more energy-efficien and apply higher standards for energy efficiency in new public infrastructure projects (15)
  • Seek alternate green sources of energy for northern communities reliant on diesel fuel (15)
  • Enable the NL Green Fund to invest in research and development of green technologies, initiatives and private sector projects that would help reduce emissions and provide grants and other incentives for low-emitting projects from a variety of industries and sectors (15)

Environment & Parks

  • Create a fund from the portion of the gas tax allotted to carbon tax, which will be spent on home and small business energy retrofits and other programs focused on reducing carbon emissions (20)
  • Create an independent safety and environmental offshore authority to protect workers and the environment in deep-sea drilling (17)
  • Include offshore exploration in GHG reduction targets (20)
  • Invest in charging stations, electrification of public transport and rebates on electric vehicles (20)

First Nations

  • Meet with Indigenous leaders to identify representatives to oversee implementation of the Muskrat Falls Reservoir independent advisory committee recommendations (16)

First Nations

    First Nations

    • Ensure that Indigenous groups are allocated part of the first 115,000 metric tonnes of northern cod (17)
    • Increase funding to the Indigenous Violence Prevention Grants Program (17)

    Food & Agriculture

    • $2.5 million to a fishery workers assistance program in the event of an industry downturn or quota cuts (2, 3) [Economy and Employment]
    • $2.5 million to the Provincial Agrifoods Assistance Program, including $100,000 to community garden grants (2)
    • Increase production of shrimp in-province by up to 7000 tonnes (2, 6) [Economy and Employment]
    • Double the amount of food produced in-province by 2022 (10) [Economy & Employment]
    • Commit to investing $10 million to increase the availability of cold storage in the food industry (16)
    • Double salmon and shellfish aquaculture production (16) [Employment]

    Food & Agriculture

    • Support a farm loan guarantee program(15)
    • Seek a Federal-Provincial Agreement to co-manage all fish, shellfish, fish habitat, and marine mammals including harvestable quotas for all marine species (15
    • Promote the purchase and use of Newfoundland and Labrador-produced foods by Newfoundland and Labrador schools, hospitals and other public institutions (15)

    Food & Agriculture

    • Increase support for agriculture by developing: a co-operative marketing agency, a cold storage network, mentorships, paid internships, and a farm buy-back program to young farmers and a processing fund (17)
    • Ensure that the owner-operator fish harvesters and Indigenous groups get the first 115,000 metric tonnes of quota for northern cod harvest (17)
    • Improve access to loan guarantee programs for young people who want to start their own fishing enterprises (17)
    • Introduce requirements on new aquaculture enterprises to improve protection for the marine environment and require farmed fish to be locally processed (17)
    • Review the impact of offshore oil on the fisheries (17)

    Healthcare

    • $8.9 million to build a new facility to replace Waterford Hospital in St. Johns, increasing the number of beds from 94 to 102 (2, 4, 8)
    • Construction on long-term care homes in central Newfoundland starting this summer (2)
    • $1 million to a mental health unit in Happy Valley Goose Bay, with construction beginning in 2019 (8)
    • $2.5 million to an Autism Action Plan, to be annualized to $5 million (8)
    • $4.9 million to 15 new drug therapies (8)
    • Free eye exams for children beginning in Fall 2019 (8) [Childcare]
    • Invest $28.8 million in mental health and addictions services, with an additional $4 million for opioid addiction coming as a result of signing the new Emergency Treatment Fund for opioid dependence treatment (16)
    • $370 000 to establish a midwifery location in Gander with a team of three full-time midwives (16)

    Healthcare

    • Tackle waste in healthcare spending by establishing a “quasi-judicial” board of experts to regulate health and prioritize health care spending (7)
    • Cover 100% of medical transportation costs (15)
    • End the age limit on insulin pump coverage (15)
    • Remove the restrictions on access to Personal Care Homes (15)
    • Free eye exams to children starting Kindergarten (15)
    • Appoint a chief wellness officer (15)

    Healthcare

    • Reduce staff shortages in health care (17)
    • Legislate an increased staff to resident ratio in long-term care facilities (17)
    • $5 million to restore necessary home care hours to help seniors and those with special needs to stay in their homes (17)
    • Advocate for a national pharmacare program (17)
    • $3.5 million to clients of the NL Prescription Drug Program Access and 65+ plans eligible for dental care (17)
    • $1.5 million to remove the age of 25 cut-off for insulin pumps for those with Type 1 diabetes (17)

    Housing & Services

    • Continue the commitment of $200 million annualy for energy rate management at a consumer rate of 13.5 cents per kWh (8)
    • $1 million to a heat pumps rebate program (8)
    • Stabilize electric rates at 13.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, with $200 million of annual funding coming from taxpayers (13) [Infrastructure & Transport]
    • $270.6 million to protect, renew, and expand social and community housing the province (16)
    • 500,000 in operational funding for the Housing Hub emergency shelter in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (16)

    Housing & Services

    • Stabilize electric rates at 14.67 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2021, with no additional annual funding coming from taxpayers (14) [Infrastructure & Transport]

    Housing & Services

    • Keeping rates at 13 cents per kWh (17)
    • $2 million to retrofit low-income households to improve energy efficiency (17)
    • $3 million to the creation of a small business retrofit program to improve energy efficiency (17)

    Immigration

    • $1 million to two-dozen initiatives relating to the Immigration Action Plan (2)

    Immigration

    • Increase by 15% annually the target percentage of immigrants over the current target of 1700 immigrants (15)
    • Remove the barriers to permanent settlement for international students in post-secondary education (15)

    Immigration

    • Increase investment in language training and other immigration support programs to increase integration (17)

    Infrastructure & Transport

    • $250 million to municipal infrastructure (16)
    • Her Majesty's Penitentiary will be replaced with a new $200 million facility (law and justice) (2)
    • $2.9 million to fire protection vehicles and firefighting equipment programs (8)
    • $1 million to expand the Labrador Correctional Facility in Happy Valley Goose Bay to increase capacity for female inmates (11) [Law & Justice]
    • Increase the insurance deductible on minor claims on bodily injury from $2500 to $5000 (12)
    • Deny uninsured drivers the ability to file claims via the uninsured automobile fund (12)
    • Commit an additional $40 million this year to finish work on the Trans Labrador Highway (16)
    • Provide bus passes to all income support clients in the St John’s/Metro region (16)
    • Allocate $13.6 million from the roads plan budget to local and rural highways with lower traffic volumes in need of repair (16)
    • Add centre line rumble strips to Veterans Memorial Highway (16)
    • $145,000 to install new highway cameras at well-travelled routes including Argentia Access Road and Hearts Content Barrens (16)
    • $5 million to improve ferry terminals and wharves and $10 million for ferry vessel refits and maintenance (16)
    • $2.88 million for the replacement of fire protection vehicles and firefighting equipment (16)

    Infrastructure & Transport

    • Stabilize electric rates at 14.67 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2021, with no additional annual funding coming from taxpayers (14)
    • Build a new correctional facility (15)
    • Lower ferry rates to Newfoundland (15)
    • Start an air access plan to try to get more flights to Newfoundland (15)
    • Build a minimum amount of moose fencing per year (15)
    • Establish a working group to approach current trans-Atlantic fibre cable operators to land fibre in Newfoundland and Labrador (15)

    Infrastructure & Transport

    • Work with all levels of government to increase regional public transit systems (17)

    Law & Justice

    • Continue the use of drug treatment courts, electronic monitoring programs, bail supervision, restorative justice, and community service sentences to reduce crime and number of inmates (16)
    • Her Majesty's Penitentiary will be replaced with a new $200 million facility (infrastructure) (2)
    • $1 million to expand the Labrador Correctional Facility in Happy Valley Goose Bay to increase capacity for female inmates (11) [Infrastructure & Transport]
    • Pass Clare’s Law, which will allow police to disclose a person’s domestic abuse records to partners at risk of domestic abuse (16)
    • Strengthen distracted driving, speeding, and stunt/racing provisions by adding strict fines and driver license suspension (16)

    Law & Justice

      Law & Justice

        Miscellaneous

        • Reduce passanger vehicle licensing fees for seniors and veterans (8)

        Miscellaneous

        • Use the taxation power of “92A” to tax Quebec on the Upper Churchill (15)

        Miscellaneous

          Natural Resources

            Natural Resources

            • Modify the land tenure award system to consider not only the highest bidder but also the provincial benefits (15)
            • Incentivize exploration in the mining industry though a tax credit (15)

            Natural Resources

            • Dismantle Nalcor and not replace it with a new crown corporation (17)
            • Review the provincial government’s equity stakes in offshore oil for potential conflicts of interests as a regulator (17)

            Politics & Governance

            • Continue the All-Party Committee to review democratic processes (16)

              Politics & Governance

              • Enact an Honesty in Politics Law to hold politicians accountable for promises (15)
              • Will enact law that prevents numbered companies and private stakeholders with hidden identities from doing business with the government (9)
              • Establish an All Party Select Committee on Democratic Reform (15)
              • Make it easier to access government information and services (15)

              Politics & Governance

              • Introduce a form of proportional electoral system (17)
              • Ban corporate and union donations to political parties and introduce a cap on individual donations (17)
              • Lower voting age to 16 (17)
              • Create an independent and non-partisan Parliamentary Budget Officer to provide independent analysis of provincial costs and developments (17)
              • Make current contracts for public-private partnerships open and transparent and not use any more in the future (17)
              • Make 52% of seats on decision-making bodies held by women, proportional to their percentage of the population (17)

              Post-Secondary Education

              • Maintain a post-secondary tuition freeze (8)
              • New aquaculture training program at Burin Campus (8)
              • New non-destructive testing program at Gander campus (8)
              • New geological technician program at Grand Falls Windsor (8)

              Post-Secondary Education

              • Develop a template for allotting program funding that targets labour market shortage areas (15)

              Post-Secondary Education

              • Maintain a post-secondary tuition freeze (17)
              • Reinstate the needs-based grants programs for post-secondary tuition support (17)

              Social Services

              • Allocating $2.5 million, growing to $5 million in following years to implement the Autism Action Plan (16)
              • Provide bus passes for all people receiving income support in the St John’s/Metro region (16)

              Social Services

                Social Services

                • Increase the Provincial Home Repair Program by $2 million to provide more grants to low-income houses for home repairs (17)
                • Create $1.5 million in new portable rent supplements (17)

                Sociocultural Issues

                  Sociocultural Issues

                    Sociocultural Issues

                    • Enact pay equity legislation altering the provincial Human Rights Act to require equal pay for work of equal value (17)

                    Taxes

                    • Remove the deficit reduction levy at the end of 2019 (5)
                    • No tax increases in the tabled budget (5)
                    • Remove the tax on automobile insurance which currently brings in $60 million (5)

                    Taxes

                    • Remove the deficit reduction levy in June of 2019 (5)
                    • Bring in a tax credit for grads who choose to work in NL (15)
                    • Fully remove sales tax from insurance(15)

                    Taxes

                    • Eliminate the corporate income tax on small businesses (17)
                    • Bring income and corporate taxes in line with other Atlantic provinces (17)

                    Technology & Innovation

                    • Build a $3 million Digital Ocean Innovation Center of Excellence (8)
                    • Launch a competition for Ocean technology $250,000 (8)

                    Technology & Innovation

                    • Start a venture capital fund for technology companies (15)
                    • Create a Chief Technology officer position “responsible for the province’s digital transformation” (15)
                    • Introduce digital signature legislation to allow for binding digital transactions and agreements (15)
                    • Explore the option of establishing a single provincial Government ID program that allows the people of the province to access e-government services (15)

                    Technology & Innovation

                    • Establish a permanent Green fund to provide seed funding and venture capital to businesses, social enterprises, and community organizations pursuing green and sustainable development initiatives (17)
                    • Provide unspecified support for local wind, solar, and tidal power start ups (17)
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