Election ‘04: Promises, promises
to increase maximum loan limit for student loans and to offer
grants to lower-income students. Promise creation of Canada
Learning Bonds, increased Canada Education Savings grants and
the Registered Lifelong Savings program.
• Propose a national drug plan and promise to provide flexibility
to provinces in in-home care, catastrophic drug coverage and
primary care reform.
• Plan to lower the national debt-to-Gross Domestic Product
ratio by way of a legislated debt repayment plan and to improve
small businesses’ access to loans in the private sector.
• Promise an $18-billion package to cut personal income
tax by 25 per cent for middle-income earners and dropping corporate
subsidies in order to lower business taxes.
• Plan to create the position of independent ethics commissioner
to report to Parliament, to pass legislation requiring fixed
election dates every four years and to hold elections to fill
vacant seats in the Senate.
• Plan to combat crime by moving young offenders to adult
court when possible and to end statutory release of prisoners
that have served two-thirds of their sentence.
• Promise to work with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
and the United Nations to combat threats against international
• Plan to legislate limits on air pollutants, increase fines
for ocean polluters and negotiate emissions limits with United
States border states.
• Plan to reform the national student loan program and
implement grants for lower-income students. Introduced “learning
accounts” for young families. Promise to update and modernize
training programs in the workforce and updates to employment
• Plan to shorten hospital waiting times by working with
the new National Council, to establish a new Canada Public Health
Agency and appoint a Chief Public Health Officer. Have already
transferred $2-billion to provinces for health care.
• Promise to solicit public input for foreign policy review
and continued membership in the United Nations.
• The February budget provided municipalities with full
GST relief and there are further plans to increase the GST tax
credit for lower-income Canadians
• Promise to strengthen Canadian Forces with more people
and supplies, including new vehicles and helicopters. Introduced
national security policy and started a defense and foreign policy
• Will work with provinces on a climate change plan and
aim to put in place a $3.5-billion program to clean up contaminated
• Remain open to Senate reform and plan to appoint an ethics
officer for the Senate as well as an independent ethics commissioner.
• Plan to offer the provinces a seat at international forums
and promise solutions to disputes over federal-provincial equalization
payments and health transfers.
• Plan to lower post-secondary tuition, make student
loans interest-free and allow bankruptcy protection for graduates
who are in debt.
• Plan to enforce national standards on equal access to
health care and promise to increase the federal share of health
care funding to 25 per cent.
• Economic priority is job creation; plan to restore Employment
Insurance and increase access to benefits for part-time workers.
Child care and parental leave also an economic priority.
• Tax policy focused on lower-income Canadians and plans
include expanding child benefits. Twenty per cent tax imposed
on profits of over 10 per cent by financial institutions. Plan
to close tax loopholes for large businesses.
• Plan to make Canada a leader in the promotion of nuclear
disarmament and arms control. Continued cooperation with the
United Nations and its platform of peace, human rights and democracy.
• Plan to abolish the Senate, balance representation in
electoral reforms and ensure electoral funding is subject to
• Plan to introduce a National Housing Strategy, which would
divert one per cent of the federal program budget to affordable,
non-profit housing and increase and promote other municipal programs,
including public transportation.
• Plan to introduce an Environmental Bill of Rights, promote “green
jobs” and change public infrastructure to make it more
environmentally friendly and promote jobs.
• Propose a full GST reimbursement for all public education
institutions and plan to lobby Ottawa for an increase in transfer
funds for post-secondary education. Support plan to remove
restrictions that prevent international students from working
while attending school in Canada.
• Oppose federal interference in the area of health care
and plan to pressure Ottawa to give up control of money destined
to health research facilities in Quebec. Plan to review rising
costs of medication and increase federal funding.
• Propose income-tax cuts for lower-income Canadians and
oppose tax cuts for higher wealth brackets.
• Favour immediate implementation of Kyoto protocol and
favour expansion of hydro-electricity projects in northern Quebec.
• Want federal government to meet promises regarding big
budget transfers for parental leaves and compassionate leaves
and for transfer payments to be replaced by GST revenue.
• The party takes credit for keeping Canada out of Iraq
in 2003 and states it is in Ottawa to represent Quebec to the
rest of the world.
• Want federal transfer payments to be increased by $11-billion
a year and $10-billion in compensation for Ottawa’s involvement
in such areas as health care.
• Sovereigntist party; therefore believe general federal
problems — including those regarding health, education
and family — can only be solved by Quebec’s separation
from the rest of Canada.