Nova Scotia

Trudeau would propose tax changes in 1st 100 days as PM

The federal election campaign is in its final 48 hours, but Justin Trudeau, during a stop in Halifax, has already projected ahead to a possible Liberal government by outlining his first 100 days as prime minister.

Liberal government would also prioritize climate change policy following Paris summit

Trudeau outlines what first 100 days of Liberal government would look like

7 years ago
Duration 2:04
Justin Trudeau is asked what first 100 days of Liberal government would look like

The federal election campaign is in its final 48 hours, but Justin Trudeau is already projecting ahead to a possible Liberal government by outlining his first 100 days as prime minister.

During a campaign stop in Halifax, the Liberal leader promised Canadians "collaborative, cooperative leadership," should his party win the most seats after Monday's vote.

The first piece of proposed Liberal legislation would lower taxes on the middle class, Trudeau said to reporters, by raising taxes on the wealthiest one-per cent.

The Liberal leader finished off Saturday's whirlwind of campaign stops in front of hundreds of supporters at the St. James Civic Centre in Winnipeg. 

While there, the Liberal leader repeated his party's promise to help the province's First Nations people.

"We will build a renewed relationship with indigenous peoples on a nation to nation basis," he said.

"That will include, for example, a national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. It will include $2.6 billion over four years for First Nations education and it will include a federal partner committed to the [Shoal Lake 40 First Nation] Freedom Road."

Earlier, Trudeau highlighted the upcoming UN climate change summit in Paris as a priority for the Liberals. He's said in the past that a Liberal government would work with the provinces in order to hammer out a climate change policy within 90 days of the summit

"That kind of collaboration will be the hallmark if we earn Canadians' trust on Monday," he said.

Trudeau started Saturday's campaign tour with a brief stop in Halifax in the morning, urging supporters to get friends and family out to vote on Monday.

"Do whatever you can to ensure no voter gets left behind," he said at an event at the Westin Nova Scotian hotel. "Offer them a ride to the polls. Babysit their kids so they can get out and vote."

In the Halifax riding, Liberal candidate Andy Fillmore is challenging Megan Leslie, the NDP's deputy leader.

Halifax has been represented by the NDP since 1997, first by leader Alexa McDonough and since 2008 by Leslie, who worked for Dalhousie Legal Aid.

'Going to be a close election'

"We have the chance to bring the real change Canadians want and deserve. But we're not there yet. This is going to be a close election. Harper still has tricks up his sleeve," Trudeau told the crowd. 

Justin Trudeau's final push

7 years ago
Duration 2:00
Liberals are buoyed by recent polls that suggest their leader has pulled the party from third place to a tentative lead

Nova Scotia's Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil, Halifax's mayor and former Liberal MP Mike Savage and Liberal candidates including Bill Casey, who is running in Cumberland-Colchester, and Darren Fisher sat behind him as he spoke. 

Earlier this week, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair held a rally in Dartmouth to shore up support for the area's NDP incumbent Robert Chisholm, who is in a tight race with Fisher for the Dartmouth-Cole Harbour seat. 

Another high-profile Liberal is in Nova Scotia today. Former prime minister Jean Chrétien is scheduled to attend an event in New Glasgow in the Central Nova riding, where the party hopes to end a Conservative stronghold now that long-time MP Peter MacKay is stepping away from politics. 

Following the event in Halifax, Trudeau says he will head to Saint John and Thunder Bay, Ont., before ending the day in Edmonton. His final stop on Sunday will be in B.C. before heading back to Quebec for election day.

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is planning to start the day in Laval, Que., and later on head to Ontario for stops in Toronto and Oakville. 

Mulcair's final campaign stops will include Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.


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