As Canada’s 44th general election comes to a close, here are your results on who will form the next federal government.
Result – LIBERAL MINORITY
In Canada’s 44th general election, we experienced the first pandemic federal election which showed several peaks and valleys for both the Conservatives and Liberals.
With initial voter fatigue and anger over the actual election call, Conservatives jumped out to a significant lead in the polls across the country. As the election entered into its final week, vaccine passports and the Alberta government’s reversal of COVID-19 positions dominated both the media headlines and Liberal attacks.
This drove home a comparison of the Trudeau Liberals’ handling of the pandemic versus the provincial governments’ handling of the pandemic across the country. This led to a major surge for the Liberals in Ontario, resulting in a minority parliament.
Highlights of Top Liberal Priorities
Imposing mandatory vaccines for federal public servants and commercial passengers on planes, trains, and marine vessels
Supporting proof-of-vaccination credentials in provinces and territories
Supporting mental health programs for populations at highest risk of COVID-19 trauma
Providing up to $375 million to the international COVID-19 response
Helping create safer indoor spaces with better ventilation by topping up the Safe Return to Class Fund
Providing free COVID-19 booster shots and next-generation vaccines
Health Care and Long-Term Care
Helping hire at least 7,500 nurses, nurse practitioners and family doctors
Providing $3 billion to improve long-term care homes
Helping train up to 50,000 new personal support workers in long-term care and raising wages to a minimum of $25/hr
Providing an additional $6 billion to help with health care system backlogs and waitlists
Helping expand virtual health services with $400 million
Allocating $4.5 billion for the delivery of mental health services
Addressing the opioid crisis and making access to treatment easier
Building a $10-a-day daycare system
Providing 10 days of paid sick leave for federal workers
Expanding the Employment Insurance benefit to the self-employed for up to 26 weeks
Expanding the Employment Insurance sickness benefit to 26 weeks
Providing $100 million to the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative
Establish a $15/hr federal minimum wage which will rise with inflation
Providing Canada’s hardest-hit tourism industry with temporary wage and rent support of up to 75% of their expenses
Allowing Canadian-controlled private firms to expense up to $1.5 million of eligible investments in each of the next three years
Expanding the Canada Small Business Financing Program through increasing loan maximums to $500,000 and 15 years and expanding eligibility to non-profit organizations for $560 million/year
Creating a minimum tax rule for those who earn enough to qualify for the top bracket to pay a minimum of 15%/year
Introducing First Home Savings Accounts for Canadians under 40 to save up to $40,000 toward their first house with deposits and withdrawals being tax-free
Providing $1 billion in grants and loans to develop rent-to-own projects
Doubling the Home Buyers Tax Credit claim amount to $10,000
Reducing emissions by 40-45% by the year 2030
Achieving a 100% net-zero emitting electricity system by the year 2035
Implementing a Low-Carbon Fuel Procurement Program for the government
Building a net-zero electricity grid by the year 2035
Requiring all plastic packaging to contain 50% recycled material by the year 2030
Creating 10 new national parks and 10 marine conservative areas in the next five years
Continuing commitment of $6 billion to ensure access to clean water for First Nations
Building housing for Indigenous communities with $2 billion over four years
Supporting access to Indigenous mental health and wellness services
Increasing the hiring of health professionals in isolated Indigenous communities
Confronting the legacy of residential schools
Resettling 20,000 Afghans threatened by the Taliban
Providing Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship with the authority to help select permanent resident candidates who best meet the needs of the labour market
Increasing repayment assistance for student loans to $40,000/year and reducing monthly payments to 10% of household income
Waving federal interest on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans
Extending the Canada Student Grants to $6,000 for full-time students until 2023
Helping keep vulnerable children and youth in school through after-school programs and other supports
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