Liberal election promises from the campaign trail so far
Liberal Leader Justin has pledged to run deficits in order to invest billions in infrastructure
As the Oct. 19 federal election approaches, here's a running list of promises made by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau since the campaign began Aug. 2.
Oct. 7: Sign the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which covers conventional weaponry.
Oct. 5: Increase Canada Student Grants by 50 per cent to $3,000 a year. Allow students to wait until they're earning at least $25,000 a year before requiring them to start repaying student loans. Impose new restrictions on marketing unhealthy food and drinks to children.
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Oct. 1: Help fund a Montreal rapid transit expansion, as well as a light-rail project on the Champlain Bridge linking Montreal to the suburban South Shore.
Sept. 30: Spent $3 billion over four years on home care and improve access to and reduce the cost of prescription medications through bulk purchasing. Establish a pan-Canadian Expert Advisory Council on Mental Health.
Sept. 29: Put up $200 million a year for three years to help research facilities, small business incubators and exporters and invest another $100 million a year for an industrial research assistance program.
Sept. 25: Ease rules to speed up family reunification for immigrants. Scrap the visa requirement for Mexicans travelling to Canada.
Sept. 22: Provide $380 million in additional funding for the arts and undo Conservative funding cuts to the CBC.
Sept. 20: Scrap the purchase of the F-35 fighter jet and instead buy cheaper planes to replace the aging CF-18s and use the savings to pay for offshore Arctic patrol vessels for the navy being built in Halifax.
Sept. 16: Provide $1.5 billion for public transit in Calgary as well as unspecified financing for flood control measures in the city.
Sept. 15: Give $500 million to the provinces for skilled trades training, and devote $200 million for federal training programs. Set aside another $50 million to help aboriginal people improve their skills and job prospects.
Sept. 11: Spend about $1.5 billion over four years on a youth job strategy to help 125,000 young people find a job.
Sept. 10: Put a moratorium on tanker traffic along the northern coast of British Columbia. Reinstate $40 million cut from the ocean science and monitoring program at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Increase protected marine and coastal areas to five per cent from 1.3 per cent by 2017, and to 10 per cent by 2020.
Sept. 9: Change the rules to allow people to dip into their RRSPs more than once to buy a home.
Sept. 8: Reduce EI premiums drop to $1.65 per $100 earned from $1.88. That's less than the $1.49 rate that the Tories committed to in the 2015 budget, but the Liberals say the extra money would be reinvested, with $500 million going to the provinces for skills training. Reduce wait times for a first EI payment to one week from two at a cost of $710 million.
Sept. 3: Kill a planned toll system on a rebuilt Champlain Bridge in Montreal.
Aug. 27: Increase federal infrastructure investment to almost $125 billion, from the current $65 billion, over the next decade. Provide new, dedicated funding to provinces, territories and municipalities for public transit, social infrastructure and green infrastructure.
Aug. 26: A refundable tax benefit of up to $150 for teachers who spend their own money on school supplies.
Aug. 24: $300 million a year to reform veterans' benefits and delivery of services to vets.
Aug. 20: Make employment insurance compassionate care benefits available to anyone caring for a seriously ill family member and make the program more flexible by allowing the six-month benefit to be claimed in blocks of time over a year-long period.
Aug. 19: Change labour laws to ensure that employees in federally regulated industries have the right to ask their bosses for flexible work hours.
Aug. 18: Invest $200 million a year to develop clean technologies in forestry, fisheries, mining, energy and farming. Put another $100 million into organizations that promote clean technology firms.
Aug. 17: Lower the federal income tax rate to 20.5 per cent on incomes between $44,700 and $89,401, paying for it by raising taxes on the wealthiest one per cent. Bring in a new, tax-free child benefit to replace the Conservative universal child benefit.
Aug. 13: Add $515 million a year to funding for First Nations education, rising through the mandate to a total of $2.6 billion. Add another $500 million over three years for education infrastructure and $50 million more a year for a program that helps aboriginals in post-secondary education.
Aug. 11: Bring in a merit-based appointment process for the Senate.