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Below you will find the vast majority of Conservative Party of Canada campaign announcements and policy proposals.

Vous trouverez ci-dessous la grande majorité des annonces de campagne et des propositions de politique du Parti conservateur du Canada.

Affordability

Affordability

  • Two thirds of Canadians feel that they either can’t pay their bills – or feel that they have nothing left over at the end of the month after they do.
  • Almost half of all Canadian households report being less than $200 a month away from insolvency at month’s end.
  • Groceries. Home heating. Real estate. Debt. Everything keeps getting more expensive.
  • Nearly 50% of all Canadians report being overwhelmed by their debts. They’ve stopped saving for retirement and are now just trying to keep their head above water.
  • People are barely getting by. And they’re definitely not getting ahead.
  • Andrew Scheer has a positive vision for Canada’s economy. A Conservative government will live within our means and leave more money in your pocket so you can get ahead

Living within Our Means

  • A Conservative government will live within its means.
  • Under Andrew Scheer’s leadership, any new spending not already budgeted must be paid for from savings within the government.
  • Put another way, if you decide to take a family holiday, your roof repair has to wait. You can’t do both. Your bank account is not a bottomless pit, and neither is the taxpayer’s pocket.
  • This approach will not affect the Canada Child Benefit, seniors’ benefits, or transfers to provinces. They are already budgeted for the long term and we are committed to them.
  • Families live within their means. Government should too.
  • Drastic spending cuts aren’t necessary to balance the budget. Simply taking a responsible, measured approach to spending growth will go a long way. And that is what the Conservatives will do.

More Money in Your Pocket

  • The Conservatives will:
    • Scrap the carbon tax.
    • Remove the GST off home heating bills and home energy costs.
    • Make parental benefits tax-free.
      • Parents should put that money toward buying a car seat or a new snowsuit for the baby, not the government.

Taxes

  • More than 80% of middle-income families are paying $800 more in taxes every year since Justin Trudeau came into power.
  • Trudeau has hiked taxes on small business owners and ended tax credits that made things like dance lessons and transit passes more affordable.
  • Trudeau tried to get his hands on more. He tried to tax health and dental benefits for Canadian workers. He even tried to tax employee discounts. He tried to scrap the Disability Tax Credit for diabetics. And, he tried to hike taxes by 73% on small business investment. The Conservatives caught him and were able to stop him.
  • Make no mistake. Justin Trudeau will bring those tax hikes back if he’s re-elected.

Debt and Deficits

  • By the end of this year, Trudeau will have added $71 billion to the national debt, with little to show for it.
  • The share for each Canadian family of that colossal $705 billion debt is more than $50,000 per household.
  • The cost of servicing that debt will rise 40% to $34 billion in just a few years, almost the same as the federal government spends on health care. 
  • Runaway deficits, with no plan to balance, can only mean one of two things. A future tax increase, or future cuts to social programs like health care.
  • The previous Conservative government eliminated the deficit and paid down debt when times were good to cushion the blow of the next recession. While Justin Trudeau is doing the opposite. When times are good, he spends. When times are bad, he also spends.
  • Under Trudeau, there is no path back to balance.
  • Another four years of Trudeau’s runaway spending and we will have an economic crisis on our hands with debt and deficits forcing either massive tax hikes or deep cuts to essential services to cover the spending. Or, some terrible combination of the two.
  • The good news is we have an opportunity to change course.
  • Canadians can limit the damage by voting Conservative this October.

Housing Affordability and Mortgage Stress Test

  • When it comes to housing affordability, this Liberal government is not as advertised. Their heavy-handed mortgage stress test, their raising of mortgage insurance premiums, and their punishing new taxes on middle class Canadians have made it harder to realize the dream of homeownership.
  • A Conservative government will work with provinces and municipalities to knock down regulatory barriers that discourage new home construction so more homes can come on the market to lower prices.
  • The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive is an election gimmick. Created only to distract Canadians from their failures to make housing affordable for everyday families.
  • This program is bad for homeowners and bad for taxpayers. If your home increases in value over the years, the Liberal government will scoop up the profit. If the value decreases, taxpayers will be stuck with the bill. It’s lose-lose.
  • A Conservative government in October will fix the Liberals’ mortgage stress test, make it easier to save up for a down payment, and help families get ahead.”
  • Conservatives support helping those who are less fortunate. But Justin Trudeau’s record when it comes to this is not as advertised.
  • As many as 60% of lower income Canadians are paying higher taxes under this Liberal Prime Minister. This is a Prime Minister who gives with one hand and takes more with the other.
  • As a result of Liberal policies, Canadians now pay more for gasoline, home heating, hydro, housing, sports and arts programs for children, personal savings, and much more.
  • Andrew Scheer understands the struggles that Canadians face. That is why Canada’s Conservatives will put forward a plan that will put Canadians first and leave more money in the pockets of hardworking families.

Tax-Free Parental Benefits

  • A new Conservative government will remove federal income tax from Employment Insurance (EI) maternity and EI paternal benefits by providing a non-refundable tax credit of 15 percent for any income earned under these two programs.
  • The benefit to a Canadian whose salary is $50,000 would be about $4,000.
  • Having a child is an exciting milestone in any person’s life, but it comes with added costs and pressures. Today, young parents are under pressure and worried about their future. They are looking for help and Justin Trudeau has proven that he cannot be trusted to deliver it.
  • Justin Trudeau said he would help the middle class, but the last four years show that he is not as advertised.
  • He raised taxes on 80 percent of middle-class families and brought in a carbon tax that makes everyday essentials more expensive.
  • Andrew Scheer and Canada’s Conservatives have a plan for you and your family to get ahead: lowering your taxes, living within our means, and putting more money in your pockets.

Cost of the Carbon Tax

  • Trudeau’s five-fold increase to the Carbon Tax will hit Canadians hard, adding hundreds of dollars to your bottom line:

  • At the PBO’s $102/tonne level Trudeau’s Carbon Tax would:

     

    • Increase the cost of natural gas for an average household by $469 a year
    • Add 31 cents/ litre to the price of gasoline. 
  • That means $2/litre gasoline is just around the corner if the Trudeau Liberals are re-elected. At the end of the day, it’s Canadians who bear cost of Justin Trudeau taxes as the price of every day essentials are increased. For example, in Ontario, the five-fold increase to the carbon tax would cost you $1,151.

Air Passenger Bill of Rights

  • Due to Canada’s large geographical size, traveling by air is often the only choice that Canadians have when visiting friends or relatives.
  • A multi-hour delay in an airport and on the tarmac is an unfortunate experience for any Canadian air traveler.
  • These delays often cause undue stress and anxiety for Canadians who have little recourse against the airlines. 
  • Conservatives support regulations that will promote a better passenger experience in the airline industry while ensuring the safety of Canadians who travel by air.
  • Additionally, Conservatives support regulations that will foster a vibrant and competitive airline sector within Canada.
  • That is why our previous Conservative government introduced Flight Rights Canada, which provided increased consumer protection for Canadians traveling by air.

Defence & Security

Defence

  • We must never forget that ours is the nation that bravely conquered Vimy Ridge; that made the ultimate sacrifice on Juno Beach; that held the line at the Battle of Kapyong in Korea; and helped deliver the people of Afghanistan from the Taliban.
  • The serving men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces are the best in the world at what they do. But they don’t have what they need.
  • We must acquire the capabilities that are needed to protect Canada, while contributing to global peace and security in the decades ahead.
  • We will act to select a new fighter jet through an open competition and make sure the new jets are interoperable with our American allies.
  • We will also begin the process of upgrading the Royal Canadian Navy’s submarine capability.
  • Military procurement in Canada is hyper-politicized to our detriment. Playing politics has diminished the important responsibility to adequately and expediently equip the Armed Forces.
  • Further, to address the increasing threat to our Arctic sovereignty posed by Russia, China, and others, we must reinforce Canada’s standing as a maritime nation.
  • Given the state and needs of Canada’s Navy and Coast Guard, there is no reason for any shipyard in Canada to be sitting idle. We will not cancel previously awarded contracts. But we do believe improvements need to be made, particularly in Ottawa, when it comes to managing these projects. Jobs in our shipyards are depending on us.

Cyber Security

  • The threats of tomorrow are far more likely to come through our electronic devices than by land, sea, or air. Canada must be ready to counter these threats.
  • The Canadian Armed Forces must adapt to the changing realities of cyber warfare, particularly in terms of its personnel and organization.
  • Canada already has a world-class tech sector, especially when it comes to cyber security. Canada must act to get industry and government on the same page when it comes to protecting Canada’s information technology infrastructure.
  • We must modernize cyber procurement in Canada, and better align the capabilities of our industry to meet global demand.

Veterans

  • Justin Trudeau’s failure to support our veterans is a slap in the face to the brave men and women who protect our freedoms.
  • In the last election, Justin Trudeau promised our veterans that he would restore their lifelong pensions and that they wouldn’t need to fight him in court. Unfortunately, he broke those promises and has already spent nearly $40 million fighting veterans in court.
  • Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have repeatedly shown that they cannot be trusted to address the issues affecting veterans, nor do they intend to honour the promises they made to veterans during the 2015 election campaign.
  • Conservatives believe in providing the best possible services for our veterans and their families. Our military veterans deserve the utmost respect for their service to our country.

Coast Guard

  • The Canadian Coast Guard provides invaluable safety, emergency response, icebreaking and navigational services to communities across Canada. To fulfill these responsibilities, the Canadian Coast Guard needs a new and modern fleet of vessels able to adapt to the challenges of a maritime nation such as Canada.
  • Conservatives support the much-needed procurement of new ships for the Canadian Coast Guard, however we are concerned that the Liberals waited until the last minute to make theses announcements and have no plan to actually deliver. 
  • The Liberal record on shipbuilding is abysmal. There have been numerous delays because of Liberal mismanagement, which has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. 
  • Additionally, Justin Trudeau has refused to award the conversion contract for the second supply ship, Obélix, to the Davie shipyard despite the fact that they delivered the Astérix on time and on budget.
  • Our previous Conservative government was proud to launch the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, to deliver the ships our men and women in uniform need and deserve
  • Conservatives will continue to support the Canadian Coast Guard to ensure that they get the ships they need to keep Canadians safe, while ensuring the best value for taxpayers.

Huawei

  • We’ve consistently said we will ban Huawei from participating in 5G.
  • Protecting national security must be one of the top priorities of any government. 
  • The Liberals have simply not taken cyber security seriously.  Conservatives have a thoughtful plan to secure the data of Canadians.
  • A Conservative Government led by Andrew Scheer will take action to ban Huawei from operating in areas where they could put the privacy and safety of Canadians at risk. 

Economy and Employment

Softwood Lumber

  • The Liberal government has failed to negotiate a new softwood lumber agreement, jeopardizing the livelihoods of forestry workers across Canada.
  • According to reports, thousands of forestry workers have already lost their jobs in B.C.
  • After October 21, our new government will work to address the lingering softwood lumber dispute, the remaining buy American provisions, the disjointed regulatory regimes, and the difficulties with cross-border business travel.
  • Canadian forestry workers deserve stability and predictability from their government. But Liberal inaction has put whole communities that rely on the lumber industry at risk.
  • Negotiating a new softwood lumber agreement has never been a priority for this government. There is no leadership and no mention of securing a new agreement in any of the Ministers’ mandate letters.
  • Three years ago, the Liberals heralded “a real breakthrough on softwood lumber” with the previous U.S. administration. Yet here we are today facing another softwood lumber crisis.
  • The Liberals have pitted one region against another forcing some provinces to appoint their own U.S. envoys and setting their own defensive and offensive positions.
  • The Liberal government must ensure that all duties collected remain with the U.S.  Department of Commerce. If duties were to flow to U.S. industry, they will be more difficult to recover.
  • During the last dispute, over 15,000 jobs were lost in British Columbia alone and the Canadian forestry industry had to pay $5.4 billion in duties.
  • The Trudeau government has not been transparent about the state of their negotiations with the United States – clearly negotiating a new softwood lumber agreement is not a priority for the Liberals.
  • We want to see an agreement that will stabilize the forestry sector in every region of Canada which means access to the U.S. should be our number one priority.
  • The government’s aid package for the softwood industry in 2017 was just a last-minute band-aid solution that only repackaged existing programs under a different name.
  • Mills are closing down across the country and the Trudeau government’s approach has been completely ineffective.

Supply Management

  • Justin Trudeau failed to keep his word and stand up for our dairy farmers by agreeing to unprecedented concessions in USMCA to Donald Trump.
  • Not only did Trudeau give away 3.59% of our dairy sector, he also agreed to limit its future growth by agreeing to put a cap on Canadian dairy exports.
  • The United States will continue to subsidize its dairy industry, leaving our dairy producers at a disadvantage.
  • Canadian dairy farmers need a government that will actually protect their way of life
  • Conservatives will continue to stand up for milk, egg and poultry producers by protecting supply management.

Small Businesses

  • Justin Trudeau’s never-ending tax hikes and new regulations are making it harder to grow and operate local businesses.  These include:
    • His job-killing carbon tax;
    • Increased CPP and EI premiums;
    • Increased personal income tax rates for entrepreneurs; and
    • Changes to the small business tax rate that will disqualify thousands of local businesses.
  • And let’s not forget the Liberals’ attack on local businesses to pay for their out-of-control spending. Despite a massive uprising by mom and pop shops across the country, Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau steamrolled ahead for months, claiming that business owners were just rich tax cheats.
    • The Liberals’ complex tax grab would have forced business owners to pay a 73% tax on savings income, penalized family businesses for sharing earnings and work with family members, and doubled the tax on the sale of a farm from parents to children, forcing them to sell instead to multinational corporations.
  • While mounting pressure and a pending election eventually forced them to back off of the worst parts of their proposal, the Liberals did implement tax increases and complicated compliance rules that will hurt many small businesses.
    • These rules are so vague and complicated that a former Chief Justice of the Tax Courts said they will lead to “battle” in court between taxpayers and the Canada Revenue Agency and the Parliamentary Budget Officer has estimated that they could end up costing entrepreneurs more than $1 billion.
  • If Justin Trudeau is re-elected in 2019 he will bring back his destructive business tax changes to pay for his out-of-control spending. 

Compensation for Canada’s supply-managed sectors

  • It is shameful that it has taken four years for Justin Trudeau to come forward with the same plan that our previous Conservative government put in place.
  • If Justin Trudeau really supported Canada’s supply managed sectors, he would have announced compensation years ago, not right before an election, and when he and his government are mired in scandal.
  • It is clear that Justin Trudeau’s support for Canada’s egg, poultry and dairy producers is not as advertised.
  • Conservatives have always understood the importance of Canada’s supply managed sectors to the Canadian economy. A Conservative government, led by Prime Minister Andrew Scheer, will continue to stand up for milk, egg, and poultry producers and put the interest of farm families first.

Agriculture and Agri-food 

  • Justin Trudeau’s failure to ensure stable export markets for Canada’s agriculture sector, the Liberal Carbon Tax and over-regulation have significantly hurt Canada’s farmers. It is clear that Canadian farmers are paying the price for the Liberal government’s mistakes at home, and abroad.
  • Conservatives will continue to stand up for Canada’s agriculture sector and put forward policies that help farmers succeed.

Agriculture and Agri-food (China)

  • Canada has lost Chinese market access for canola seed, soy and meat exports, costing our farmers more than $1 billion to date. We can only expect this cost to increase and the situation to worsen over the summer, and into the fall. The issue at hand is not Canada’s high-quality products. Rather, it is Justin Trudeau’s failure to take decisive action and deal with the threats posed by China.
  • Canada’s Conservatives have proven time and again that we will stand up to China and support Canada’s agriculture sector, by:
    • Immediately withdrawing Canada from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
    • Increasing inspections on all Chinese imports.
    • Examining possible retaliatory tariffs on Chinese imports that will have the greatest possible impact while minimizing harm to Canadian consumers.

Fisheries Act

  • Canada’s Conservatives believe that the goal of the Fisheries Act is, and should remain, to protect and enhance Canada’s fish stocks while avoiding any unnecessary negative economic impacts on industries that rely on access to Canadian land and water.

Atlantic Salmon

  • Conservatives understand that the salmon fishery in Atlantic Canada is a key economic driver, which creates thousands of jobs in rural and remote communities.
    • That’s why our previous Conservative government established a Ministerial Advisory Committee in 2015 to determine the best course of action to address declining salmon returns. The final report contained 61 recommendations aimed at improving wild Atlantic salmon stocks.
    • In Opposition, Conservatives called on the Liberals to immediately engage with his counterparts in Greenland to curtail their detrimental overharvesting of Atlantic salmon and to implement a recovery plan that will rebuild wild Atlantic salmon stocks.
  • The Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans undertook a lengthy study in 2016 and issued a set of recommendations urging the Liberal government to develop and execute a recovery plan to rebuild wild Atlantic salmon stocks.
    • The committee’s recommendations included addressing the detrimental overfishing of Atlantic salmon by Greenland, allowing a significant increase in the harvest of striped bass, and supporting a grey seal harvest program with an aim to significantly reduce seal populations and enhance the recovery of wild Atlantic salmon populations.

Pacific Salmon

  • Not only has the Trudeau government failed to deliver its promises of fully implementing recommendations from the Cohen Commission report and taking concrete action to restore Pacific wild salmon stocks, it is also failing its responsibilities to regulate and manage fisheries.
  • Canada’s Conservatives recognize the ecological, cultural and economic values of Canada’s pacific salmon. We will continue to stand up for all British Columbians who depend on this important resource.

Northern Cod

  • The ever increasing grey seal population in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been shown to have a significant impact, delaying cod recovery in the region. We have similar concerns about the growing seal populations off of Newfoundland and Labrador and their impact on the recovery of northern cod stocks.
  • Given the importance of the fishery to communities in rural Atlantic Canada, and the federal government’s interest in supporting fisheries related projects, Conservatives called on the Liberals to commit to using a portion of their new fisheries fund to address growing seal populations in the region.

Netflix Tax

  • While we do not believe Canadians should pay more to watch Netflix, we know that services on the internet represent a growing part of the Canadian and global economy and foreign-owned technology companies aren’t subject to the same regulations as Canadian companies.
  • Conservatives believe in a level playing field and that public policy should keep up with a rapidly changing marketplace.
  • We will have more to say on this as the campaign unfolds.

Dumped Steel from China

The federal government announced on August 9, 2019, that the two liquid natural gas (LNG) projects located in British Columbia will be exempted from tariffs and duties on Chinese steel.

  • The Conservative party supports the steel industry and the thousands of Canadian steel workers.
  • Andrew Scheer has consistently called on the government to take action on safeguards that protect Canadian industry from dumping and respect the terms of the agreement with the United States, while also including a comprehensive plan to address the economic impacts.
  • At the heart of this issue is the fact that Justin Trudeau’s policies have hurt Canada’s energy sector. Since 2017, over $100 billion of investment in the energy sector has been cancelled.
  • The Trudeau Government is trying to compensate for weak competitiveness with cheap Chinese steel. His support for Canada’s steel industry is not as advertised.
  • Andrew Scheer will put forward a positive plan that will help Canada’s steel workers get ahead and produce a growing Canadian energy industry that will buy more Canadian steel.

Rural Issues

  • Canada’s Conservatives are the only party fighting for rural Canadians.
  • After completely ignoring rural Canadians and their communities for three years, Justin Trudeau appointed a Rural Economic Development Minister in an election year in a desperate ploy to hold onto seats.
  • With our plan to support rural communities, a Conservative government will take the following measures:
    • Ensure that all regions receive their fair share of infrastructure funding with a budget specifically for them.
    • Appoint a Minister of Rural Affairs.
    • Appoint Regional Economic Development Ministers actually from the regions.
    • Ensure that all Cabinet decisions have a rural perspective.
    • Ensure that government programs consider the life conditions and unique experiences of Canadians in rural regions.
  • Trudeau’s Liberal government neglects rural communities. With our plan, we want to put them back at the center of our decision process. We simply cannot afford four more years of Liberal broken promises.

     

 

Employment Insurance

  • Conservatives believe that Employment Insurance should be a temporary support to overcome a difficult situation.
  • EI benefits are for those who have paid into the system and have lost their job through no fault of their own, including in areas where jobs simply do not exist outside of seasonal or specialized industries.
  • The best remedy for unemployment is job creation. Collecting Employment Insurance should not be a substitute for permanent employment
  • The Conservative Party has always been focused on what matters to Canadians – An Andrew Scheer government will lower taxes and live within its means.  It’s time for you to get ahead.

 

Labour 

  • Labour organizations play a valuable role in Canadian society, promoting workplace health and safety, and good compensation for Canadian workers.
  • Canada’s Conservatives will prioritize laws that protect the rights of workers, while ensuring a fair and productive workplace environment for businesses to maximize Canada’s economic potential.

Canada Post

  • It is important to note that Canada Post is an arm’s length Crown Corporation, so it is responsible for all its own business and financial decisions.  Furthermore, Canada Post, as with any private corporation, is obligated to operate in a financially self-sufficient manner. 
  • The Conservative Party of Canada supports Canada Post in its efforts to fulfil its mandate of operating in a self-sustaining financial basis in order to protect taxpayers, while modernizing its business and aligning postal services with the choices of Canadians.

Temporary Foreign Workers & Seasonal Agricultural Workers

  • Canadians should have first access to jobs in Canada.
  • Employers are encouraged to hire Canadians to meet their labour needs. However, the Temporary Foreign Worker program is designed to fill labour shortages where Canadians are not available to meet.
  • Conservatives recognize that programs need to be flexible and take into account the realities on the ground while at the same time looking for ways to encourage people to be able to be matched with available work.

 

Phoenix Payroll Fiasco

  • Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are responsible for this fiasco. The Liberal decision to implement the Phoenix pay system before it was ready has caused immense hardship to the affected employees and their families.
  • The Auditor General found that the Liberals ignored warnings and implemented Phoenix despite advice that it should not have gone live.
  • Due to Liberal mismanagement, more than 150,000 public servants have been impacted. Many public servants have been forced to mortgage their homes and deplete their savings because of the Liberals’ incomprehensible failure to properly manage the Phoenix pay system.
  • It’s also unacceptable that Justin Trudeau’s failure to manage the Phoenix pay system has resulted in a $1 billion bill for taxpayers.
  • Action must be taken to clear current backlogs and ensure that public servants are never again subjected to the financial insecurity that resulted from this Liberal mismanagement.
  • Further details regarding our plan will be announced in due course.

Energy & Infrastructure

Getting Projects Built

  • Two years ago at a town hall meeting, Trudeau said: “We can’t shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out.”
  • Trudeau wants to get rid of an industry that puts food on the tables of hundreds of thousands of Canadian families, generates untold growth and wealth across the country, and pumps billions of dollars into government coffers for programs and services.
  • To do it, he has launched an all-out legislative attack.  A package of new bills that, if passed into law, will deliver a death knell to a critical Canadian industry.
  • Under Justin Trudeau, Canada has become a country of no. Canada should be a country of yes.
  • Andrew Scheer has a 6-point plan to get projects built:
    • Cancel the carbon tax.
    • Repeal Bill C-69, the No-More Pipelines Bill.
    • End the ban on shipping traffic in British Columbia.
    • Establish clear time lines and get Indigenous consultations right up front.
    • Ban foreign-funded advocacy groups from disrupting our approvals process.
    • Assert federal jurisdiction when necessary.

National Energy Corridor

  • An Andrew Scheer government will develop a dedicated, coast-to-coast right-of-way specifically set aside for energy infrastructure projects.
  • Rather than have industry submit complicated route proposals for every new transmission line and pipeline project, we could have a single corridor – planned up front and in full consultation with the provinces and with Indigenous Canadians who would share in the prosperity that it would provide.
  • With a single corridor, we could minimize environmental impacts, lower the costs of environmental assessments, increase certainty for investors, and, most importantly, get these critical projects built. All while doing Canada’s part in the fight against climate change by lowering global emissions.

Energy Independence by 2030

  • The fact is Canada has more than enough oil – not only to displace imports from Iran, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia – but to put an end to all foreign imports once and for all.
  • Andrew Scheer has a plan to make Canada fueled exclusively by Canadians by 2030.
  • An energy independent Canada would be a Canada firing on all cylinders – across all sectors and regions.

Environment

Environment & Climate Change

  • Canadians trusted Justin Trudeau when he said he would protect the environment and lower Canada’s emissions. Instead, all they got was a carbon tax.
  • Not only is Canada failing to hit our Paris Agreement targets, we are getting further and further away.
  • As an environmental policy, the carbon tax is a failure of epic proportions. It makes virtually no contribution to the global fight against climate change. And it only makes life more expensive for Canadian families and small businesses.
  • We should all be concerned about climate change – about the kind of planet we will leave to future generations. A Real Plan to Protect Our Environment is built on three guiding principles:
    • Green technology, not taxes.
    • A cleaner and greener natural environment.
    • Taking the climate change fight global.
  • This plan is the most comprehensive environmental platform ever put forward by a political party in Canada. Sixty pages and fifty-five specific, realistic, and achievable policy commitments.
  • Under the Conservative plan, it will not be free to pollute – and unlike the Liberal scheme, there will be no sweetheart deals for anybody.
  • However, rather than simply funneling money to the government as the Liberal plan dictates, emitters who exceed our limits will be required to invest in technology that will lower emissions to fight climate change.
  • Not taxes.
  • We can actually create more jobs in Canada through technological growth while at the same time lowering global emissions.
  • We will introduce the Green Homes Tax Credit, a two-year plan that will encourage Canadians to improve their homes with emissions-reducing technologies.
    • In 2017, emissions from buildings accounted for 12% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions. We cannot tackle climate change without making our buildings greener.
    • Canadians will be eligible to receive a 20% refundable credit on their income tax for green improvements to their homes of over $1,000 and up to $20,000.
    • This will allow Canadians to save up to $3,800 on their green renovations in each year.
  • We will also:
    • Export our environmental excellence and take the climate change flight global.
    • Reinforce the protection against pests and invasive species that are threatening our habitats.
    • Reinstate constructive consultations on protected areas with stakeholders and Indigenous groups that were cancelled by the Trudeau Liberals.
    • Reinstate funding for wetland, watershed, and fisheries conservation also revoked by the Liberals.
    • Reconvene the Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel the Liberals disbanded, so that those with the greatest interest in protecting species and habitats can share their expertise in how it will be done.
    • Take real action on reducing plastic waste by harmonizing recycling standards across provinces and working with industry to cut down on excessive packaging.
    • Protect our waterways against wastewater dumping and work with municipalities to end their practice of dumping billions of liters of raw sewage into our waterways. 
 

Fisheries, Hunting, and Angling

  • The Conservative Party of Canada supports recreational fishing in Canada
  • We are committed to working with the angling community to protect this culturally and economically important activity
  • Conservatives have always been a reliable partner for the hunting and angling community
  • In our environment plan, we announced that we will:
    • Re-establish the Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel,
    • Restore the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program, and
    • Take steps to protect our waterways from pollution, habitat loss and invasive species. 

Our full fisheries platform will be released at a later date.

Carbon Tax

  • A carbon tax that will hit hard-working families the hardest, with higher costs for gasoline, groceries, and home heating.
  • A carbon tax that won’t apply at all to some of Canada’s biggest emitters, thanks to a sweetheart exemption deal from Justin Trudeau that will allow them to pay no tax on up to 90% of their emissions.
  • The carbon tax that will go higher if Trudeau is re-elected.
  • The Parliamentary Budget Officer said that in order to reach the Paris Agreement terms, the Liberal carbon tax would have to be over $100 per tonne – in all 10 provinces, not just those Trudeau has forced his tax on.
  • With sales taxes, this would add 23 cents a litre to the price of gas and cost an average family of four about $1,000 more per year. (Stat based on Ontario figures).
  • That’s only the beginning. Trudeau’s own Environment department is already planning for a $300 a tonne carbon tax.
  • As an environmental policy, the carbon tax is – by every possible measure and projection – a failure of epic proportions.
  • It makes virtually no contribution to the global fight against climate change.
  • And, it only makes life more expensive for Canadian families and small businesses.
 

Conservation

  • As Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will:
    • Restore funding for the community-led National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF) which was cancelled by the Liberals.
    • Restore funding for the community-led Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program (RFCPP), which was cancelled by the Liberals.
    • Create a new fund for community-based projects targeted to wildlife enhancement.
    • Maintain the community-led Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. 
    • Maintain important national conservation programs, including the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Natural Heritage Conservation Program.

       

Tantramar Marshes

 

  • Conservatives have a Real Plan to Protect Our Environment that is built on our proud Conservative legacy and based on three guiding principles:
    • Green technology, not taxes is the best way to lower Canada’s emissions.
    • We will work with farmers, hunters and anglers, Indigenous peoples, provinces, and territories to promote a cleaner and greener natural environment to protect our air, land, water and wildlife. 
    • Greenhouse gas emissions do not recognize borders. Canada has a leadership role to play and we must take our fight against climate change global.
  • As Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will:
    • Support the completion of the Canadian Wetland Inventory.
    • Study the feasibility of an incentives-based program that restores, maintains and protects critical habitats. This study will:
      • Identify regions and ecosystems that provide significant ecological goods and services; and,
      • Assess options for maintaining or restoring critical habitats in these areas on private lands.
    • Restore funding for the community-led National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF) which was cancelled by the Liberals.
    • Restore funding for the community-led Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program (RFCPP), which was cancelled by the Liberals.
    • Create a new fund for community-based projects targeted to wildlife enhancement.
    • Maintain the community-led Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. 
    • Maintain important national conservation programs, including the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Natural Heritage Conservation Program.
 
 

Fisheries and Oceans 

 

  • Canada’s Conservatives strongly support the protection of our oceans, rivers and fisheries. We have always believed in being good stewards of our environment.
  • Canada’s Conservatives recognize the importance of the fishery to rural and coastal communities.

Marine Protected Areas

  • Canada must have a robust protected area system. We will conduct consultations with local communities and governments, business owners, and Indigenous peoples to make sure that our approach has the best interests of the communities in mind.
  • We will restore protections for meaningful community consultations that were taken away by the Liberal government.  We are committed to setting aside 17% of Canada’s terrestrial area and 10% of marine area as agreed to by the previous Conservative government.
  • As Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will:
  • Lead a science-based terrestrial and marine conservation assessment to identify the best opportunities for expanding our protected area network, including parks, marine protected areas, national wildlife areas and migratory bird sanctuaries.
  • Identify high-value, low-conflict areas and initiate an expedited process to declare the area as protected.
  • Work with Indigenous peoples to explore options for more active participation in the management of protected areas.
  • Reinstate up-front consultations with communities and stakeholders before determining protected area boundaries.
  • Ensure that protected area approval processes are reasonable, timely, and respectful of local communities.

Ethics

SNC Lavalin

  • In 2015, Justin Trudeau promised he would be ethical and accountable. And every day since then, he has proven that he is not as advertised.
  • Time and time again, he has abused the power of his office to reward his supporters and punish his critics.
  • A Prime Minister who so willingly deceives and breaks the law simply can’t be entrusted with the duties and responsibilities of that office.
  • Trudeau may never face a court of law for his role in this scandal, but he will have to face the Canadian people over the next few weeks.
  • And on the eve of this election, the choice before Canadians has never been more clear. Between a Prime Minister who abuses his power, bends the law for his friends, attempts to silence his critics and destroys their reputations.  And a Conservative government led by a Prime Minister who will uphold the rule of law, respect our democratic institutions, and help all Canadians get ahead.
 

Atwal Affair

The Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, the Honourable Andrew Scheer responded to the offer of a briefing concerning the incident that saw a convicted attempted murderer attend official events during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to India. Mr. Scheer has accepted the offer and has informed the government that he will invite members of the Conservative caucus and media to the portion of the briefing that will cover non-classified information.

Mr. Scheer informed the government that if it has any additional classified information to share, members of the Conservative Caucus who are also members of the Queen’s Privy Council will remain in the room for a separate briefing.

Conservatives will continue to call for Justin Trudeau and the Liberals to be transparent with Canadians regarding these serious accusations.   

  • Justin Trudeau has failed, repeatedly, to be honest with Canadians about why a convicted attempted murderer was invited to his official events in India. 
  • The Prime Minister blamed rogue elements within the Indian government for Jaspal Atwal’s presence in India, but since that time, the Indian government, Randeep Sarai, Jaspal Atwal and the Minister of Foreign Affairs have all refuted Justin Trudeau’s claims. 

Trudeau’s Public Safety Minister has finally admitted that the briefing provided to the media by the National Security Advisor did not contain classified information, despite repeated claims that it was classified.  As such, Conservative MPs and members of the media will be invited to attend the briefing.

 

 

Clam Scam

Conservatives are demanding to know why Fisheries Minister Dominic Leblanc awarded the Arctic surf clam quota, worth millions of dollars, to a company owned by the brother of Liberal MP Darrell Samson. A former Liberal MP is also the current leader of the participating indigenous groups.

It has also been revealed that one of Minister Leblanc’s family members will personally benefit from the Minister’s decision. 

A memo obtained by indigenous groups challenging the Minister’s decision in court shows that Minister Leblanc personally picked the Five Nations Clam Company from among seven other bidders. 

According to the memo, Five Nations did not have any indigenous partners at the time the Minister made his decision nor had they secured ownership of a boat, key requirements needed to be awarded the quota with the Minister even writing Please take next steps with Proponent #6 and ensure that additional indigenous communities are quickly confirmed.”

The Ethics Commissioner has now confirmed that the Minister is under federal investigation.

 

  • Justin Trudeau is failing to make decisions that are in the best interest of Canadians, instead using public office to benefit Liberal insiders and their wealthy friends. 
  • Minister Leblanc is at least the fourth Minister placed under federal investigation over the past three years, including the Prime Minister himself. 
  • There is a pattern of Liberals abusing the public trust. 
  • With the Minister’s decision being challenged in court by a Newfoundland indigenous community, Conservatives are not the only ones concerned by this unethical decision.
  • Unfortunately the real victims of this shady deal are the hardworking families who lost jobs and income because the Minister wanted to help his Liberal friends.  
 

Trudeau’s Vacation Ethics Commissioner Report

The Ethics Commissioner released her report on Justin Trudeau’s family vacation to the Aga Khan’s private island last Christmas. The Commissioner found that Trudeau broke four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act, which include: accepting gifts that could influence decision-making; not recusing himself from discussions that could further private interests; failing to arrange his private affairs to avoid this opportunity; and accepting travel on a non-commercial aircraft.

 Conservatives were the ones who first raised this issue with the Ethics Commissioner and exposed the Prime Minister’s unethical behaviour.

  •  Justin Trudeau has not acted like someone who believes that he has made a mistake. Why?  Because Justin Trudeau doesn’t believe the rules apply to people like him.
  • Canadians deserve better. They deserve a government that doesn’t mislead them or break their trust. Canada’s Conservatives will give it to them.
 

Vandenbeld Ethics Commissioner’s Report

The Conflict of Interest Commissioner found Trudeau Liberal MP Vandenbeld in violation of the Conflict of Interest Code for using her public office to try and help get her husband elected as an Ottawa City Councillor.

Who can forget that Justin Trudeau was the first Prime Minister in our country’s history to be found guilty of breaking Conflict of Interest rules? Leadership starts at the top, and Justin Trudeau showed his caucus and cabinet colleagues that it’s okay to bend the rules to suit your own political and personal self-interests.

Justin Trudeau promised to do politics differently, but clearly he is Not as Advertised.

Let’s recap some of the most prominent examples of Trudeau Liberal ethics violations:  

  1. Justin Trudeau’s illegal vacation to a private island – Justin Trudeau was the first Prime Minister in Canada’s history to have been found to have broken Conflict of Interest rules for two all-expenses paid vacations to a private island in the Bahamas.
  2. Bill Morneau’s fancy French villa – The Finance Minister was found guilty for breaking conflict of interest rules after failing to disclose the private corporation which housed his fancy French villa. This ruling came after months of ethics questions surrounding Bill Morneau’s holding of shares in Morneau Shepell which could have benefited from the Trudeau Liberal pension changes.
  3.  Clam Scam – Dominic Leblanc was found to have broken conflict of interest rules for awarding a lucrative clam fishing license to a company run by his wife’s cousin. Since then Leblanc has been under fire for his close personal relationships to five of the six recently appointed New Brunswick judges.

Finally, it’s worth noting that there continues to be two outstanding Conflict of Interest investigations into Trudeau Liberals. Canadians are still awaiting verdicts on the probes into Trudeau’s office’s involvement in the SNC-Lavalin scandal and into Raj Grewal’s inviting a business partner onto Trudeau’s disastrous India trip. The Grewal incident is also the subject of an RCMP investigation.

Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy

  • Canada must always side with those who value freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
  • A Conservative government will reinvigorate Canada’s role in the alliances we share with our democratic allies. This includes existing alliances like NORAD, NATO, the Commonwealth, La Francophonie, and the Five Eyes, but it will also include greater overtures to India and Japan.
  • We will look for ways to strengthen our relationship and open new markets, but with the understanding that at this critical juncture we need to show strength and resolve above all else.
  • A Conservative government will:
    • End Canada’s $256 million investment in the Chinese-controlled Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    • Launch a formal complaint at the World Trade Organization if China’s trade blockades persist.
    • Block Chinese state-owned enterprises, solely focused on the political interests of Beijing, from unfettered access to the Canadian market.
    • Renew Canada’s historic support for Ukraine and take steps to help Ukraine secure its borders and defend its people. This will include expanding upon current missions to support Ukraine and providing Ukraine’s military with the equipment they need to defend their borders. I will also push for Canadian leadership in a United Nations peacekeeping mission to secure those borders.
    • Immediately act to list Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist entity, as well as make full use of the Magnitsky Law to punish Iran’s worst human rights offenders.
    • Re-open the Office of Religious Freedom to stand up for religious minorities all around the world.
    • Recognize the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Arctic Sovereignty

  • Conservatives will show the world that we are an Arctic power. Above all, we must establish, without a doubt, everywhere in the world, that our sovereignty over the North is non-negotiable. The Arctic does not only belong to us. It is us. And that includes the Northwest Passage.
  • We will build on the Canada-US tradition of joint military partnerships by starting talks with the Americans to join the ballistic missile defence program and modernize the NORAD alliance.
  • Make sure Canada provides a counterbalance to Russia and China’s burgeoning icebreaker fleets. While Russia and China are both developing and deploying nuclear icebreakers to patrol the Arctic, Canadian and American capacity is severely lacking.

 

China

  • Andrew Scheer will deal with China with eyes wide open.
  • The Chinese government has detained two Canadian citizens for months while dozens of other Canadians have been detained on administrative grounds or had their visas questioned.
  • Canada has lost Chinese market access for meat, canola seed, and soy exports, costing our farmers more than $1 billion to date. We can only expect this cost to increase and the situation to worsen into the fall. The issue at hand is not Canada’s high-quality products. Rather, it is Justin Trudeau’s failure to take decisive action and deal with the threats posed by China.
  • If Justin Trudeau isn’t willing to stand up to China when two Canadians are unlawfully imprisoned and billions of dollars in trade is under attack, he never will.
  • Conservatives celebrate the contributions of Chinese Canadians – many of whom came here to leave behind the political system they faced at home. We recognize that the government of China does not represent its people – that is, in fact, the precise problem.
  • Canada should engage with the Chinese government but engage in a way that seeks to advance our values and our interests.
  • In recent years, it has become clear that China’s adversarial approach to Canada and the western, democratic world has changed.
  • Canada’s relationship with China needs a total reset. And nothing can happen until such time.
  • Free trade with China will only be possible when China embraces a functioning rule of law system, when judicial processes which are supposed to guarantee equal market access are no longer subject to control by the government.
  • First comes trust. Then comes trade. We may yet get there with China. But given the events of the last few months it’s clear that we’re a long ways off.

Russia

  • Russia remains a very serious threat.
  • Vladimir Putin cannot be allowed to act with impunity when it comes to his military adventurism. While today he is occupying Ukraine, tomorrow it could be Canada’s Arctic waters.
  • Russia has supported Iran and together they have been the main sources of disruption and despair in the Middle East, including propping up Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

 

Israel

  • To stand up for pluralism and democracy Canada must renew our support for Israel and its inherent right to defend itself.
  • It is so disappointing that the Trudeau government has abandoned Canada’s principled support for Israel in abstaining in key votes in the United Nations.
  • When Israel’s borders come under attack from Hamas terrorists, Canada must support Israel’s right to defend itself and recognize Hamas’ direct responsibility in inciting violence and the loss of life.
  • Canada must be ready and reliable when Israel needs to count on their democratic friend and ally.
  • Andrew Scheer has also committed to extending a hand of friendship to the Palestinian people. They want the same things that all people want – freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. This will come, not through incitement to violence, but through the peaceful negotiations.

Iran

  • The Iranian regime must be held accountable for its state-sanctioned sponsorship of terror and the constant threat it poses to its own people, its neighbours, and to Israel, Canada’s foremost friend in the Middle East.
  • Canada must do all we can to ensure that the people of Iran soon enjoy the same freedoms that we enjoy – that they are successful in ridding the world of the evil that their government represents.

 

India

  • It is regrettable that, under Justin Trudeau, Canada’s relations with India are at an all-time low.
  • A Conservative government led by Prime Minister Andrew Scheer will dramatically expand the strategic relationship between our countries and peoples, in advancing our shared security, prosperity and values.
  • Andrew Scheer travelled to India last year to strengthen and improve Canada’s relations with India and lay the foundation for a positive and productive relationship with India.
  • India is the world’s largest democracy and fastest growing economy. Over last several years, India has been transforming into a rising power in the vast Indo-Pacific region and beyond.
  • It is because of Trudeau’s failures that Canada’s voice on the Kashmir dispute will have little, if any, impact
  • We take the issue of a peaceful resolution to the dispute in Kashmir seriously and hope that all sides will see their way to resolving this situation through dialogue.

     

Hong Kong

  • The Liberals have been paralyzed by inaction in their diplomatic dispute with China for 8 months and have been troublingly silent in the face of pressures on Hong Kong from China.
  • Canada has deep personal connections with Hong Kong through the 300,000 Canadian citizens who live there.
  • It is time for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to unequivocally stand up for human rights, rule of law, and respect for the one country, two systems promise made to Hong Kongers.

 

United States

  • In order to play the role that we need to play in this new world, we must start by repairing the Canada-US relationship.
  • Without a doubt, relations with the current administration have been challenging for all world leaders. Trump has reversed decades of established American foreign policy, particularly when it comes to America’s alliances.
  • Regardless, the Canada-US relationship will endure. Justin Trudeau has on too many occasions put his partisan political goals ahead of managing this relationship upon which so many Canadian jobs depend.
  • On NAFTA, President Trump’s obsession with getting the best deal for Americans was not met with similar strength and resolve from Canada. Instead, the current government lectured the American president on any number of issues that have little to do with trade.
  • Between NAFTA, withdrawing from the ISIS campaign, purchasing used jets rather than new jets, refusing to join the ballistic missile defence program, abstaining on key votes at the UN, repealing Iran sanctions, and closer alignment with China, the current government has fostered tension and mistrust between what should be the world’s two greatest allies.
  • The Conservative approach to the Americans will be to seriously and strongly defend our interests, and to make the case for strengthened partnership among free democracies.

     

Francophonie

  • Conservatives have long played a role in the development of the international Francophonie.
  • Brian Mulroney made it possible for Francophone countries to meet every two years.
  • The Mulroney government also strengthened Canada’s relations with France.
  • Our government has recognized that Quebeckers form a nation within Canada. Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada enabled Quebec to participate fully in the work of UNESCO.
  • A Conservative government will affirm our country’s commitment to the world’s Francophonie.
  • As Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will work to improve the lack of economic coordination amongst the member countries in the global Francophonie.

 

International Trade

  • No other party in Canada has as strong a record on the protection and promotion of free trade than Canada’s Conservatives.
  • Prime Minister Brian Mulroney initiated free trade with the United States and NAFTA.
  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper initiated and concluded free trade negotiations with over 50 countries.
  • The benefits of free trade are obvious. Aside from the economic prosperity that follows when people are allowed to exchange freely, it is a simple fact that free-trading nations don’t go to war with each other.
  • But free trade cannot come without trust.
  • Free trade with China will only be possible when China embraces a functioning rule of law system, when judicial processes which are supposed to guarantee equal market access are no longer subject to control by the government.
  • First comes trust. Then comes trade. We may yet get there with China. But given the events of the last few months it’s clear that we’re a long ways off.

     

Expanding Export Markets

  • Our previous Conservative government took market access very seriously. We singed 53 trade deals in less than ten years in office.
  • We also created the Market Access Secretariat, which focused on gaining expanded access for our farmers to foreign markets.
  • An Andrew Scheer government would continue this proud tradition, which will include taking a more aggressive approach to removing non-tariff trade barriers.
  • Justin Trudeau’s poor judgement on the world stage has already done tremendous damage to our farmers’ bottom line. Farmers cannot afford another four years of Justin Trudeau.

 

New Liberal ad on NAFTA

The Liberals released a new ad proclaiming they stood up to Donald Trump on NAFTA.However, the Globe and Mail reported today that American billionaire Stephen Schwarzman advised Justin Trudeau to back down to Donald Trump on dairy market access in order to secure a deal on NAFTA.Schwarzman writes in a new book that if Trudeau “refused to meet the U.S. demands of a deal, Canada would almost certainly go into a recession, and no politician wins reelection in a recession.”

  • Canadians already knew that Justin Trudeau backed down to Donald Trump on NAFTA.
  • Now we know that Trudeau sold out Canadian dairy farmers at the express wishes of Donald Trump’s billionaire friends.
  • Trudeau’s weak leadership and bad negotiating put him in a position of having to roll over and Donald Trump’s terms at the 11th hour in order to avoid a total free trade collapse.
  • Never forget, Trudeau promised Canadians that he would secure a *better* deal on NAFTA. Instead, he caved to virtually all of Donald Trump’s demands.
  • Trudeau wants to trick Canadians into thinking he stood up to Donald Trump. Instead, as on so many other issues, Trudeau is simply not as advertised.

Health

Cannabis

  • On October 17, 2019, the Liberals final regulations for cannabis edibles, vaping, and topical products will come into effect. New cannabis products – like edibles, beverages, topicals, and extracts will be legally for sale in Canada by mid-December.
  • In a rush to meet his self-imposed political deadline, Justin Trudeau has failed to adequately address the many concerns of municipalities, law enforcement, employers, scientists and doctors about his cannabis legalization legislation.
  • For example, the Trudeau government confirmed that there is no conclusive way to determine if someone is driving high. This has left our law enforcement officials in limbo, with several police forces across the country refusing to use government-approved testers.
  • The safety concerns of employers, workers and Indigenous communities have not been addressed. And to add insult to injury, Justin Trudeau has failed to explain how his plan will keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and profits out of the hands of criminals.
  • Also, the Liberals have failed to educate the public about the harms of marijuana.
  • Trudeau’s lack of leadership on his signature file has resulted in uneven rules for every province, territory, and municipality, creating uncertainty and confusion from coast to coast.
  • Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives will always protect the health and safety of Canadians. We will continue to hold Justin Trudeau accountable when he fails to do the same.
  • Conservatives have said all along that we would be realistic with this new reality of legalized marijuana.
  • We do not intend to go back and make marijuana illegal again.
  • We will, however, monitor the consequences of legalization and make changes where necessary to protect Canadians.
  • We will work with the provinces, police, and other experts to fix the consequences of the Liberals’ rushed marijuana legalization.

     

Mental Health

  • Mental health is a very serious problem about which Conservatives are committed to talking acting.
  • Our previous Conservative government;
    • Made significant investments to help address this issue and encourage a dialogue with all stakeholders to find solutions.
    • Created the Mental Health Commission of Canada and provided funding of $240M. Our previous Conservative government also allocated $5.2M to support research on treating depression with a focus on suicide prevention.
  • Canada’s Conservatives are committed to addressing and solving this issue and we will continue to take strong action to promote positive mental health.

 Health Care Funding

Andrew Scheer’s Health and Social Program Guarantee: a commitment to maintain and increase the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and the Canada Social Transfer (CST) by at least 3% per year, as is currently mandated in legislation. In 2019-2020, the two transfers are providing $55 billion to provinces and territories.

  • Under a new Conservative government, Canadians will be able to count on stable and predictable health and social program funding.
  • It is critical for Canadians to have confidence that these programs will be there for them when they need them. That’s what this guarantee is about.
  • Stable federal funding is important to ensure a quality public health care system in every province.
  • Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives are going to continue to highlight our positive plan to help Canadians get ahead while reminding voters that Justin Trudeau is not as advertised.

 

Pharmacare

  • The Liberals have been promising a pharmacare plan for decades and have done absolutely nothing about it. It was in their 1997 election platform and was again promised in 2004.
  • There is no reason to believe this time will be any different. It is clear that the Liberals would have to drastically raise taxes in order to implement what the Hoskins’ Report recommends.
  • Conservatives know that some Canadians legitimately struggle to pay for or access prescription medications.
  • However, the evidence shows that this is not a problem for the vast majority of Canadians.
  • Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives are focused on bringing forward solutions that address the priorities of Canadians, and policies that put people before government. 

Vaping
Our previous Conservative government took measures to ensure that tobacco products were properly regulated and to make it more difficult or less enticing for young children or young teens to take up tobacco habits, so we’re going to continue to support measures that do exactly that.

Immigration

Immigration

  • A Conservative government will work immediately to restore the fairness, order and compassion of our immigration system.
  • We will:
    • Safeguard and emphasize economic immigration.
    • Stand up for families and ensure that spouses and children can be reunited.
    • Improve language training to ensure greater proficiency in English and French and newcomers’ ability to succeed economically and socially.
    • Improve credential recognition and make it easier for new Canadians who have existing skills that meet our standards to work here. We all lose out when doctors and engineers are not able to practice their profession.
    • Ensure that our system prioritizes people facing true persecution – focus government sponsorship on the victims of the four atrocity crimes – and restore integrity to our system by supporting the consistent application of fair rules.
    • Work to reunite survivors of genocide who have already resettled in Canada more expeditiously.
    • Do more to promote private sponsorships of refugees.
    • End to illegal border crossings crisis by closing the loophole in the Safe-Third Country Agreement that allows some people to skip the line and avoid the queue.
  • With baby boomers retiring, we will need the world’s best and brightest to choose Canada. Immigration, done right, is good for the economy, good for jobs, and good for the people who have chosen to come to Canada.
  • Andrew Scheer has committed to setting immigration levels consistent with what is in Canada’s best interests. That number may change every year to reflect what Canada needs, and who needs Canada.

Religious Freedoms

  • Conservatives will bring back the Office of Religious Freedom so that we can protect our shared humanity and promote interest in the dignity of all people.

No Place for Extremism

  • Andrew Scheer’s statement:

“There is absolutely no room in a peaceful and free country like Canada for intolerance, racism, and extremism of any kind. The Conservative Party of Canada will always make that absolutely clear… I find the notion that one’s race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation would make anyone in any way superior or inferior to anybody else absolutely repugnant. And if there’s anyone who disagrees with that, there’s the door. You are not welcome here.”

 

Border Security

  • For years Conservatives called on the Trudeau government to make concrete policy decisions to deal with the influx of border crossings.
  • In that time period, The Liberals failed to broach the issues with the Americans, instead choosing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to facilitate the claims of those illegally crossing the border from safe spaces like upstate New York.
  • The Liberal government’s complete mismanagement of our immigration system means that the world’s most vulnerable who are waiting in refugee camps and newcomers to Canada waiting their turn to have their applications processed will have to wait longer.
  • Conservatives have a plan to refocus Canada’s immigration system on order, fairness and compassion. Justin Trudeau does not.

Indigenous Affairs

General

  • The Conservative party supports the reconciliation process with Indigenous peoples.
  • The Conservatives are focussed on bringing forward policies that make real and measurable improvements in the lives of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.
  • Conservatives support effective investments in important areas, such as access to housing, health services and good quality drinking water. It is critical that government spending translates into meaningful results on the ground.
  • The Trudeau Liberals have failed to take any steps to create sustainable, economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples.
  • The Trudeau Liberals have created endless barriers to the economic development for Indigenous communities, including the cancelling of the Northern Gateway pipeline, the 5-year moratorium on off-shore oil and gas extraction in the Arctic, and the imposed Carbon tax.
  • There can be no true and lasting reconciliation without economic reconciliation. The government must act to empower Indigenous communities to share in the wealth that Canada is so capable of creating.
  • It is time we work together create a positive future for Indigenous youth, including increasing economic and education opportunities.

 

Conservative Record

  • It was Prime Minister Harper and the previous Conservative government that acknowledged the harmful effects of residential schools and delivered a formal apology in the House of Commons in 2008 to former students, their families, and communities for Canada’s role in the operation of the residential schools.
  • In the words of PM Harper: “The Government of Canada built an educational system in which very young children were often forcibly removed from their homes and often taken far from their communities. Many were inadequately fed, clothed and housed. All were deprived of the care and nurturing of their parents, grandparents and communities. First Nations, Inuit and Métis languages and cultural practices were prohibited in these schools. Tragically, some of these children died while attending residential schools, and others never returned home.”
  • The Conservative government also created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as part of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which recognized that the Indian residential school system had a profoundly lasting and damaging impact on Aboriginal culture, heritage and language.
  • The Commission’s report reflected the hard work and dedication to building public awareness about residential schools and fostering reconciliation, understanding and respect.
  • The final report of the TRC helped to explain this dark chapter in Canadian history, and the Calls to Action addressed the legacy of the residential schools and advanced the process of reconciliation.

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

  • Canada is one of only a few countries in the world where Indigenous and treaty rights are entrenched in our Constitution. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples contains many important measures, which is why the former Conservative government supported it as an aspirational document.
  • However, we have serious concerns about whether certain provisions can be reconciled with Canada’s Constitution, laws, and treaties.
  • The Liberal Government has refused to answer important, direct questions about the legal implications of passing Bill C-262.
 

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG)

  • Conservatives supported the National Inquiry, but called for it to bring the answers, closure and peace victims’ families desperately need.
  • We are disappointed that the Trudeau Liberals let the MMIWG Inquiry become a quagmire of bureaucratic red tape, and refused to listen to the families of victims and Indigenous organizations who raised serious concerns throughout the process.
  • The Commissioners requested a two-year extension of their original mandate but Justin Trudeau’s government decided to ignore this request in order to complete the inquiry before the election.
  • This was a blatant attempt to put Liberal partisan interests ahead of the victims’ families.

Land Claims

  • The Conservative party supports the reconciliation process with Indigenous peoples.
  • We recognize that there is work to do towards resolving longstanding land claims. However, every federal government in the past has been unequivocal that private property rights are not on the table.
 

Grassy Narrows

  • It’s unacceptable that residents of Grassy Narrow First Nation have been exposed to harmful mercury contamination for decades.
  • The fact is that 90% of the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation are living with mercury poisoning. This is something that no Canadian should have to live with.
  • Governments of all stripes must work together to ensure that clean water is available for all Canadians.

Jordan’s Principle

  • Conservatives support Jordan’s principle. First Nations children should have the same rights, access to services, and opportunities as every other Canadian child.
  • Canada’s Conservatives are focused on bringing forward policies that make real and measurable improvements in the lives of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.
  • Conservatives support effective investments in important areas, such as access to housing, health services and good quality drinking water. It is critical that government spending translates into meaningful results on the ground.

Northern Affairs

Protected Areas in the North

  • With the passage of Bill C-55, the Trudeau Liberals have undercut the consultation process that is vital to designating protected areas. Now, Marine Protected Areas are being determined before consultation happens.
  • Conservatives will conduct consultations with local communities and governments, business owners, and Indigenous peoples to make sure that our approach has the best interests of the communities in mind.
  • Conservatives are committed to setting aside 17% of Canada’s terrestrial area and 10% of marine area as agreed to by the previous Conservative government.
  • Work with Indigenous peoples to explore options for more active participation in the management of protected areas.
  • Reinstate up-front consultations with communities and stakeholders before determining protected area boundaries.



Arctic Policy Framework

  • The Liberals have had 4 years to announce their Arctic Policy framework. We are days away from the start of the election and they have done nothing except use taxpayer funds to campaign in Nunavut.
  • Releasing the Arctic Policy Framework at the very end of the government’s mandate is proof that the framework was not available or applied to ensure wise investments in the Arctic based on input from northern residents.
  • The Trudeau government failed to deliver on its promise of developing a new Arctic Policy Framework within its mandate.

 

Broadband

  • Liberals announced that they will spend $151 million to string an undersea fibre-optic cable across the Davis Strait from Nuuk, Greenland to Iqaluit, Nunavut, to help bring faster, more affordable internet connections to territory’s capital.
  • Some points on internet though:
    • Conservatives understand that reliable internet access is essential for rural and remote communities across the country. 
    • Unfortunately, for four years Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has taken rural Canadians for granted and failed to make high speed internet a priority. 
    • A Conservative government led by Prime Minister Andrew Scheer will make ensuring rural Canadians have high speed internet a priority.

 

Nutrition North

  • The Liberals have now announced that Nutrition North will begin subsidizing non-perishable food items and products like diapers when they are shipped via sealift to remote communities.
  • Currently, airlifts of nutritious perishable food which are sent regularly to Nunavut’s 25 communities from Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal will all have the carbon tax surcharge applied to their costs. Thus counteracting the supposed “subsidy”.
  • This will spike up the cost of everything in Nunavut. 

Official Languages

Francophone University in Ontario

    • On September 5, 2019, Andrew Scheer wrote to the President of the Conseil de gouvernance de l’Université de l’Ontario français, to reiterate his unwavering support for the Université de l’Ontario français.
    • On November 28, 2018, at Mr. Scheer’s initiative, federal leaders met in Prime Minister Trudeau’s office to discuss this promising project for Franco-Ontarians. At that meeting, Mr. Scheer reaffirmed his support for the project and proposed concrete ideas to build it, such as providing the UOF with federal lands or buildings.
    • A Conservative government will work with the UOF to identify the lands and buildings best suited to their needs.
    • A Conservative government will also be ready to sign an agreement with the Ontario government to fund the UOF’S start-up costs. This project is too important for budget issues to impede its completion.

Public safety

Gang Crime

  • A Conservative Government will take action to make it easier for police to target gang members and put them where they belong: behind bars.
  • Andrew Scheer’s plan will end automatic bail for those accused of gang crime, create tougher sentences violent gang crime, and make it easier for prosecutors to convict known gangs.

Gun Crime

  • A Conservative Government will put criminals who use guns behind bars for a long time.
  • Justin Trudeau’s approach to this issue fails to address the real problem – criminals who use guns to commit violence.  Blanket bans and new rules on those who already obey the law do nothing to keep our streets safer.
  • We will ensure that anyone who has a smuggled gun goes to prison. We will tackle so-called “straw purchases”. 
  • In addition, we will beef up our border enforcement to stop guns from being smuggled into Canada.

    “In recent years we have seen that 80 per cent of the firearms are coming in from the border.” – Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders

    “By and large (shootings) have street gang connotations to them or are street gang related.” – Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders

Support for Police

  • The men and women of our police forces work incredibly hard to keep us safe.  We owe them a debt of gratitude for what they do, but more importantly, we owe them the resources they need to do their jobs.
  • A Conservative Government will help fund new anti-gang task forces, provide funding to smaller police departments to purchase new technology to fight crime, and we will fund programs to stop young people from joining gangs.

 

Human Trafficking

  • Human trafficking exploits the most vulnerable among us and exposes them to horrific conditions.
  • A Conservative Government will take action to fight human trafficking by renewing the action plan cancelled by the Liberals, toughen the laws and sentences for those convicted of human trafficking and end automatic bail for those accused of selling human beings.

     

Protecting Children from Sexual Predators

  • As a father, Andrew Scheer wants to be able to look parents in the eye and say that we are doing everything in our power to make Canada a safer place to raise their children.
  • The wounds of sexual abuse last a lifetime and the penalty should fit the crime. Survivors of sexual abuse need to be assured that their government acknowledges their anguish and that the people who hurt them will be punished.
  • A Conservative government will put the safety of children first and ensure that those who seek to harm them will face the full weight of Canada’s justice system.
  • We will ensure that victims’ voices are heard and that sentences for sexual interference take into account the length and severity of the abuse by adding aggravating factors to the Criminal Code.
  • We will end the practice of giving those who harm children a mere slap on the wrist, by ensuring that anyone who is convicted of a serious sexual offence against a child serves at least 5 years in prison.

 

Jihadi Jack

  • Justin Trudeau must assure Canadians that he isn’t trying to bring Jihadi Jack back to Canada
  • In the past, Liberals have shown a preference for reintegrating terrorists rather than prosecuting them. This is unacceptable.
  • The idea that anyone who signed up to fight with ISIS can be reformed is naïve and dangerous to the safety of Canadians.
  • We respect the UK’s ability to enforce their own laws. We have no plans for a similar law in Canada 
  • A Conservative government will not lift a finger to bring him back to Canada.

     

Law-Abiding Firearms Owners

  • Whenever Liberals talk about gun violence, they fail to address the issue and end up going after law-abiding firearms owners. This was made crystal clear with the Liberal backdoor gun registry Bill C-71, and is even clearer today.
  • Rather than propose real solutions to put gang members behind bars, Liberals have actually moved to reduce the penalty for gang crime to as little as a fine. This is shameful.
  • The fact is that vast majority of firearms owners respect Canada’s gun laws. It’s criminals who do not.
  • Canada’s Conservatives oppose this Liberal scheme.  We will fight it every step of the way, and when we are elected in October, we will repeal and replace it.

 

Cyber Security

  • The threats of tomorrow are far more likely to come through our electronic devices than by land, sea, or air. Canada must be ready to counter these threats.
  • The Canadian Armed Forces must adapt to the changing realities of cyber warfare, particularly in terms of its personnel and organization.
  • Canada already has a world-class tech sector, especially when it comes to cyber security. Canada must act to get industry and government on the same page when it comes to protecting Canada’s information technology infrastructure.
  • We must modernize cyber procurement in Canada, and better align the capabilities of our industry to meet global demand.

     

Protecting your data

  • Increasingly our lives are being lived online. Whether it’s important transactions, talking to family, or even just shopping, it is all done with a click of a button. 
  • Yet fifty-four percent of Canadian businesses were impacted by cyber security incidents that prevented employees from doing their job. 
  • The Trudeau Liberal Government has been particularly careless on this front. 
  • Conservatives will take a three prong approach to this issue: sensible regulation, standards and education to ensure consumers make informed decisions, and strong oversight at the highest levels of government. 
  • We will require companies like Facebook and Google to implement plain language user license agreements. We will apply baseline regulatory standards for the ethical use of AI and the Internet of Things, as well as creating the Canada Cyber Sage brand to show when a product has met security best practices. And we will create an expert committee to develop regulations to secure critical infrastructure sectors like banking. 
  • This is a thoughtful, detailed plan to ensure we protect Canadians’ data online. 

Seniors

General

  • Conservatives recognize that all Canadians, specifically those on fixed-incomes are finding it more difficult to get by financially under the Trudeau government.
  • Justin Trudeau and the Liberals created a cost-of-living crisis for seniors in our country. They’ve hiked taxes and made everyday essentials like gas, home heating, and groceries more expensive. Our seniors helped build our country – we owe them so much better.
  • Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives have a plan to make life more affordable for our seniors. We will:
  • scrap the carbon tax,
  • take the GST off of home heating, and
  • leave more money in their pockets so they can more easily do things like visiting their grandkids or enjoying a trip away from home.
  • We will have more to say about our plan to make life more affordable for seniors as we get closer to the election.
  • Additional points:

  • Seniors have never been a priority for Justin Trudeau. It took him three years to appoint a Minister responsible for seniors.
  • The previous Conservative Government introduced the largest increase to the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for low-income seniors in 25 years.
  • We also increased the GIS earnings exemption so that low-income seniors would not lose their GIS benefits if they decided to take a job.
  • We will continue to build on this legacy of making sure Canada’s seniors have the supports they need to thrive.
  • An Andrew Scheer government will also offer incentives to retirees who want to go back to work. Many retired people are still active and want to continue working; by giving them incentives they will be able to fill positions in areas that are facing labour shortages.
  • Conservatives recognize that seniors have unique needs and challenges, and we are committed to addressing them head-on.
  • An Andrew Scheer government will live within its means, leave more money in your pocket, and let you get ahead so that you can choose how best to spend your golden years.

Social Issues

Abortion

  • Nothing has changed for our party on this issue.
  • A Conservative government will oppose any attempt to reopen this debate.
  • Personally, I am pro-choice. But, Andrew Scheer has been very clear, we are not reopening this debate.
  • Justin Trudeau and the Liberals want to focus on divisive issues because they are trying to distract from their scandals.
  • What I am hearing at the doors is that Canadians are tired of these scare tactics and want a government that will help them get ahead.

LGBTQ+

  • This matter is settled. A Conservative government will defend equal rights for all Canadians.
  • As an MP, I will represent everyone in my riding regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
  • The Conservative Party welcomes all people and we will always take a stand against intolerance of any kind.

     

Conversion Therapy

The Liberal government is calling on all provincial governments to stop conversion therapy while it considers Canada’s Criminal Code reforms.

In March, the federal government rejected a petition with more than 18,000 signatures calling for a national ban on conversion therapy.  The government said at the time that, “conversion therapies are immoral, painful, and do not reflect the values of our government or those of Canadians” but noted that the governance of conversion therapy is largely a provincial and territorial issue.

A number of provinces have banned conversion therapy within their jurisdiction and a number of medical professions have raised concerns about its use and effectiveness.

  • Conservatives absolutely oppose any so-called therapy or treatment that forces a child to try and change their sexual orientation against their will.
  • Conservatives do not support any actions that violate the Criminal Code and we support the basic rights afforded to every Canadian. 

 

 

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

  • The Conservative Party’s priority was to ensure that the legislation permitting euthanasia and assisted suicide included safeguards for the most vulnerable in our society, as well as for the conscience rights of physicians and allied health professionals.
  • Individual members of the Conservative caucus were given the freedom to examine this legislation, determine whether it includes sufficient safeguards, and make their decisions on supporting or opposing it.
  • The legislation requires a parliamentary review of its provisions and of the state of palliative care in Canada to commence at the start of the fifth year following the day on which it receives royal assent.
  • As MP, I will be sure to listen to my constituents and bring their concerns to Ottawa when the legislation is reviewed in 2021.
  • It is important to add that the current federal government broke a key election commitment to invest $3-billion in long-term care, including palliative care. Access to palliative care is an essential part of end-of-life decision making. 

Quebec superior court decision

A Quebec superior judge suspended parts of the medically assisted dying law for six months to give governments time to come up with something new. Parts of the law were found to be unconstitutional because they are too restrictive.

Two individuals from Montreal challenged the legislation claiming the law was unconstitutional.  The current law only allows medically assisted dying for those with “foreseeable death” and not those with degenerative diseases.

  • When this issue was debated in Parliament, our priority was to ensure that the legislation included safeguards for the most vulnerable in our society as well as for the conscience rights of physicians.
  • We are concerned that the decision in this case erodes those safeguards.

     

Québec Bill 21

Québec’s Bill 21 bans some public employees from wearing overt religious symbols at work. Opponents will challenge the bill at Québec’s Court of Appeal. Candidates are being asked what a Conservative Government would do about this bill.

 

  • Conservatives have a strong history of defending religious freedoms and minority groups.
  • This was a decision made by Québec MNAs and a Conservative Government will not propose similar legislation at the federal level.
  • We have no intention of intervening in the current court challenges. 
 

Women’s Issues

Pay Equity

  • The equality of every single Canadian is a fundamental Conservative belief, and every Canadian woman should have the chance to succeed in the workplace, however she defines success. 
  • We believe in equal pay for equal work. 

Violence Against Women

  • Our previous Conservative government took strong action to combat violence against women.
  • For example, we:
    • Invested $100M to help prevent, detect, and combat family violence and child abuse;
    • Ended house arrest for offences involving serious personal injury including for sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault;
    • Enacted tougher penalties for those who import, produce and traffic in date rape drugs;
    • Created matrimonial real property rights for women on reserve;
    • Passed the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act to ensure protection for vulnerable women;
    • Created the National Action Plan on Human Trafficking;
    • Passed the Protecting Canadians From Online Crime Act to stop the distribution of “revenge porn”; and
    • Strengthened sentences for sexual offences against children
  •  We have also promised that an Andrew Scheer government would require training for judges on sexual assault myths.
  • The Liberals, on the other hand, reduced sentences to as little as a fine for things like forced marriages and using the date rape drug.