NDP election promises from the campaign trail so far
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has promised a balanced budget in the first year of an NDP mandate
As the Oct. 19 federal election approaches, here's a running list of promises made by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair since the campaign began Aug. 2.
Oct. 7: Commit $4.8 billion over the next eight years for aboriginal education.
Oct. 5: Provide $60 million over four years to Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board. Loosen rules for grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. Allow self-employed artists to average their incomes. Establish a new $10-million digital content fund to support celebrations of Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017.
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Oct. 3: A New Democrat government would not ratify a Trans Pacific Partnership.
Oct. 1: Spend $200 million over four years to help retrofit 50,000 homes and 15,000 apartments to make them more energy efficient. Invest $150 million over four years in a green municipal fund to help with sustainable local projects and cleaner transit.
Sept. 30: Establish an Office of the Parliamentary Science Officer and put $100 million toward helping 25 northern and remote communities wean themselves off diesel generation.
Sept. 29: Spend $32 million over four years to ensure more northerners have access to nutritious food.
Sept. 27: Launch a national cap and trade plan to combat greenhouse gas emissions. Provinces would be allowed to opt out if their efforts to bring down emissions are as good or better than those of the federal government.
Sept. 25: Boost the forestry sector with $55 million for manufacturing facilities, $40-million for research and development, and $10 million to promote Canadian wood products abroad.
Sept. 22: Freeze EI premiums for the next four years and spend more on training, while increasing benefits for young people, so-called precarious workers and new parents. Ease eligibility restrictions for EI benefits.
Sept. 21: Spend $454 million over four years to provide treatment for veterans suffering from the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Sept. 20: Reopen the maritime rescue sub-centre in St. John's, N.L., and reopen the Coast Guard marine communications and traffic services centres in St. John's and St. Anthony. Have coast guard search and rescue capabilities available at all hours.
Sept. 18: Provide $2.6 billion over four years and work with provinces to establish universal prescription drug coverage. Aim to cut drug costs by 30 per cent through bulk purchases.
Sept. 15: Set up a $100-million, four-year mental health innovation fund for children and youth, including $15 million a year for health-care providers and community mental health associations and $10 million a year for research and information-sharing among health-care providers.
Sept. 14: Invest $300 million to build 200 additional health clinics and spend $200 million on recruitment grants for health-care professionals. Devote $40 million to deal with Alzheimer's and dementia, including money for research, screening, early diagnosis and treatment and help for families seeking care for afflicted relatives.
Sept. 13: Spend $1.8 billion over four years to help provinces bolster health care for seniors by expanding home care for 41,000 seniors, creating 5,000 more nursing beds and improving palliative care services.
Sept. 10: Provide up to $100 million a year to create more than 40,000 jobs, paid internships and co-op placements for youth over four years. End Canadian participation in the bombing campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. Bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country by the end of the year.
Sept. 9: Invest an additional $90 million in the federal automotive supplier innovation program over the next five years.
Sept. 8: Create a $160-million, four-year fund to help small-and medium-sized aerospace companies adopt new technology and increase production.
Sept. 3: Convene a first minister's meeting to discuss expansion of the Canada and Quebec pension plans within six months of taking office.
Sept. 2: Give $28 million for Sport Canada to help poor and disadvantaged youth to play sports.
Aug. 31: Invest $40 million over four years to restore cuts to shelters for women fleeing violence, creating or renovating 2,100 spaces in first-stage shelters and 350 spaces in transition houses.
Aug. 27: Reverse a planned reduction in the rate of increase in provincial health transfers, due to set in two years from now.
Aug. 26: A $40-million tax credit for businesses that invest in machinery, equipment and property used in innovative research and development.
Aug. 24: Increase the guaranteed income supplement for the poorest seniors by $400 million; return the age of eligibility for old age security back to 65 from 67.
Aug. 20: Create a million child care spaces over eight years, including 110,000 in B.C., where child care costs are highest. The party says the cost to parents would be no more than $15 a day.
Aug. 19: Spend $250 million over four years to recruit 2,500 new police officers. Commit $100 million year thereafter to a recruiting program.
Aug. 18: Commit $7 million a year to a Joint Emergency Preparedness Program for disasters such as floods and fires and earmark an additional $2 million for emergency training programs.
Aug. 17: Invest $30 million over three years in Destination Canada, a Crown corporation responsible for promoting Canada as a tourist destination.
Aug. 14: Bring in legislation to make the parliamentary budget officer a fully independent officer of Parliament and require government departments and agencies to make financial information available to the PBO.
Aug. 11: Create a payment-protection program for farmers who don't get paid if they sell their products to U.S. companies that go bankrupt.