Tracking the Liberal government's record of keeping promises (a.k.a. Trudeaumeter 2)

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Trudeau abandons green election promises, lacks real climate plan

With the recent National Energy Board approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and Justin Trudeau’s enthusiastic post-election remarks to the effect that Canada can build pipelines and address climate change concurrently, it is time to take stock of just where the current government is heading us. 

Put bluntly,  it remains questionable whether Canada can meet the very modest Conservative 2020 GHG reduction target should the Energy East and Kinder Morgan pipelines get the green light. Worse still, the Trudeau Liberals do not have a serious plan on climate change.

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Signs of the times

Like a dog hanging on to its bone, the Liberals seem to be oblivious to the clear signs of the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era. This despite the staggering warning signs. Here are just a few of the biggest ones:

1) 90% of all new global electrical generation capacity in 2015 came from renewables

2) Global emissions have remained flat since 2013

3) China’s coal consumption declined in both 2014 and 2015

4) US coal producers representing 45% of US coal output have gone into bankruptcy

5) 21 countries have experienced economic growth while diminishing their respective emissions since 2000

6) The tipping point when an electric vehicle becomes comparably priced to a conventional one is predicted to occur as early as 2020 – with the overall cost to the consumer being cheaper due to lower fueling and maintenance costs.

7) China is a world-leader, with 331,000 electric vehicles sold in 2015. By 2020, it is expected to manufacture 2 million eco-vehicles/year and have 5 million on the road

8) Ford, Hyundai-KiaVolkswagen and Volvo all have ambitious plans for a wide range of electric and hybrid models by 2020. Meanwhile, a full 10% of BMW’s North American sales in April 2016 were electric vehicles and 25% of all 2015 new vehicle sales in Norway were electric

9) The Chief Financial Officer of Suncor, Alister Cowan in April 2015 having candidly said that “The years of large, multi-billion projects are probably gone

10) The Canadian oil and gas sector will see just $17 Billion in revenues for 2016 vs. $30 Billion in project spending (which is already a 62% decline from the previous year)

quizzical

Liberals' pot policy is a big fog

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Somewhere in Canada at any given time, groups of federal cabinet ministers are clustering at the feet of a few famous gurus of the high art of “deliverology,” learning how to implement the promises that brought them to power by retreating to mountains and forests to absorb the wise words of international experts.

Meanwhile, here in the real world, the same government's almost spectacular mishandling of its most notorious promise — legalizing marijuana — is actively creating whole new classes of marijuana criminal, leading to widespread arrests, confiscation of property, neighbourhood strife and massive civic confusion.

On this signature policy, the Trudeau government's performance is a glowing object lesson in non-delivery. You almost have to go back to the Chrétien years to find an implementation of anything so inept.

 

lagatta

I wonder how long it will take for the Teflon to get a bit scratched?

By the way, Simon has banned me from his blog. I don't think I've ever been banned from anything before...

quizzical

oh dear lagatta. just goes to show how thin skinned and like Conservatives the Liberals are.

people should be boycotting his blog

NDPP

"Canada's Indigenous Peoples":   Usurpation as Genocide

https://twitter.com/RussDiabo/status/737252236942774272

"Our object is to continue until there is not a single Indian that has not been absorbed into the body-politic of Canada..." DIA

Business as usual

quizzical

link doesn't work

montrealer58 montrealer58's picture

epaulo13 wrote:

Trudeau abandons green election promises, lacks real climate plan

With the recent National Energy Board approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and Justin Trudeau’s enthusiastic post-election remarks to the effect that Canada can build pipelines and address climate change concurrently, it is time to take stock of just where the current government is heading us. 

Put bluntly,  it remains questionable whether Canada can meet the very modest Conservative 2020 GHG reduction target should the Energy East and Kinder Morgan pipelines get the green light. Worse still, the Trudeau Liberals do not have a serious plan on climate change.

quote:

Signs of the times

Like a dog hanging on to its bone, the Liberals seem to be oblivious to the clear signs of the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era. This despite the staggering warning signs. Here are just a few of the biggest ones:

1) 90% of all new global electrical generation capacity in 2015 came from renewables

2) Global emissions have remained flat since 2013

3) China’s coal consumption declined in both 2014 and 2015

4) US coal producers representing 45% of US coal output have gone into bankruptcy

5) 21 countries have experienced economic growth while diminishing their respective emissions since 2000

6) The tipping point when an electric vehicle becomes comparably priced to a conventional one is predicted to occur as early as 2020 – with the overall cost to the consumer being cheaper due to lower fueling and maintenance costs.

7) China is a world-leader, with 331,000 electric vehicles sold in 2015. By 2020, it is expected to manufacture 2 million eco-vehicles/year and have 5 million on the road

8) Ford, Hyundai-KiaVolkswagen and Volvo all have ambitious plans for a wide range of electric and hybrid models by 2020. Meanwhile, a full 10% of BMW’s North American sales in April 2016 were electric vehicles and 25% of all 2015 new vehicle sales in Norway were electric

9) The Chief Financial Officer of Suncor, Alister Cowan in April 2015 having candidly said that “The years of large, multi-billion projects are probably gone

10) The Canadian oil and gas sector will see just $17 Billion in revenues for 2016 vs. $30 Billion in project spending (which is already a 62% decline from the previous year)

Brilliant post! Thought I would repeat it... 

mark_alfred

Re:  post 307 & 306:

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/alexandra_morton/2016/04/open-letter-...

The link above should work.  Interesting article.  Seems while the Libs announced they'd unmuzzle scientists, when push comes to shove seems they simply ignore them in a similar fashion to the last government.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The new government is indistinguishable from the Cons when it comes to having its environmental protection agencies captured by the industries they are supposed to be regulating.

The Trudeau government is fighting tooth and nail to keep the salmon farming industry alive both in the courts and apparently even sinking to Ministry Officials spreading disinformation about the science involved.

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Dear Minister Hunter Tootoo;

It has come to our attention through Access to Information that senior members of your department have circulated emails containing defamatory allegations about us, the co-authors of the scientific paper Discovery of variant infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) of European genotype in British Columbia, Canada that are false and inaccurate. These allegations are highly defamatory and harmful to our reputations and careers, but furthermore this response to our findings puts wild salmon, the public interest, trade relations and the integrity of your government at risk.

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/alexandra_morton/2016/04/open-letter-...

lagatta

Yes, thanks. Her work is very interesting. Indeed farmed salmon seems - among other things - flabby.

mark_alfred

Don't know if it's the same issue that Morton was commenting on, but the NDP did issue a statement on GMO salmon:  http://www.ndp.ca/news/ndp-alarmed-liberals-approve-gm-salmon

mark_alfred

Regarding Alexandra Morton's letter to Minister Tootoo, there may have been other issues behind him and his ministry not meeting with her.  Anyway, seems that he's now gone to deal with some personal issues.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/hunter-tootoo-resigns-1.3609915

quizzical

why would he leave the caucus?

 

mark_alfred

That's what I can't figure out.  A journalist compared the tone of Trudeau's tweets regarding Seamus O'Regan, who took time off to deal with alcoholism, and his tweets regarding Tootoo, and the tweets for the former were far warmer than were the tweets for the latter.

quizzical

O'Regan didn't leave caucus  though.

i'm fnding this strange.

mark_alfred

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/private-investors-eye-public-asse...

 

The future holds privatization and user fees from the Liberals, it seems.

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Major public assets like airports, ports and highways would offer some the most intriguing opportunities for private investment should stakes in such assets ever go on the block, says one of the country’s biggest potential investors.

The federal Liberals are considering a system that could see Ottawa – as well as other levels of government – sell infrastructure assets under their jurisdiction.

[..]

It’s looking for projects that would produce returns through user fees – everything from snack bar sales in an airport to a highway toll booth.

[..]

The privatization of infrastructure assets, however, has created concerns.

The federal New Democrats have warned that asset recycling will enable the Liberals to take credit for the extra infrastructure money, even though Canadians will be paying for it via new user fees and tolls.

Labour unions, meanwhile, have cautioned that the model could eventually mean lower wages for workers.

 

quizzical

huh interesting privatization news seeing as how the Port of Vancouver is looking to expand its facilities into the only park left on the DTES. we tax payers pay for the  expansion then they sell it off.

mark_alfred

More Liberal lies, this time about veteran pensions.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/liberal-mp-veterans-flyer-wrong-1.3628574

nicky

F. R. Scott might have been writing about Justin instead of Mackenzie King:

Let us raise up a temple

To the cult of mediocrity,

Do nothing by halves

Which can be done by quarters.

Arthur Cramer Arthur Cramer's picture

Its amazing about how Trudeau's out right lies on Vet's pension don't raise a mention from all the Lib hacks on this forum. I can tell you as a Vet, I resent it big time, especially considering how long I've been fighting the VA over my pension! The bastards! I KNEW that Trudeau was LYING; his lips were moving! He had no intention of helping Vets. He'd have to raise taxes on his Bay Street buddies to do it. He's a 1%er without a concenience, an oppurtunistic phoney who said whatever he had to to get elected. You Libs have the moral high ground on nothing! You support a party of liars and cheaters, who worry about their own pockets and think NOTHING about lying to people to get their votes! How ANYONE could call the Liberals "progressive", under any set of circumstances is beyond me. They'd better deliver on CPP; lord knows they've been screwing long enought. Bunch of scum bags without a conceniece, who wallow in the self statisfied swill of their broken promises. They're shameless!

swallow

nicky wrote:

F. R. Scott might have been writing about Justin instead of Mackenzie King:

Let us raise up a temple

To the cult of mediocrity,

Do nothing by halves

Which can be done by quarters.

He blunts us still.

quizzical

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There should be a framework to allow the spouse of a prime minister to have enough resources to work on Canadians’ behalf without being obliged to, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

At a news conference to wrap up the current parliamentary session, Trudeau was asked if it was time to modernize the role and provide resources for spouses such as his own. He defended wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s work, and answered in French, “Absolutely.”

Trudeau and his wife were dogged by headlines when they first hired two nannies on the public payroll to help her take care of their three children and juggle various official and unofficial tasks. In May, she told a newspaper she needed more staff to “serve the people.”

Trudeau told reporters he was “very proud” of the work Grégoire Trudeau has done for years on women’s and children’s issues, and for many charities.

“She continues to have an enormous amount to offer not just to the government, but to Canadians. And we are working to ensure that she’ll be able to continue to do the work she’s doing,” he said.

“But we also recognize that it should be a free choice. We shouldn’t impose on future prime ministers and on their spouses a duty to follow a particular model.

i think we shouldn't pay to have Sophie build the Liberal brand. she has nothing to ffer me or the vast majority of women who pay taxes.

Arthur Cramer Arthur Cramer's picture

quizzical wrote:

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There should be a framework to allow the spouse of a prime minister to have enough resources to work on Canadians’ behalf without being obliged to, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

At a news conference to wrap up the current parliamentary session, Trudeau was asked if it was time to modernize the role and provide resources for spouses such as his own. He defended wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s work, and answered in French, “Absolutely.”

Trudeau and his wife were dogged by headlines when they first hired two nannies on the public payroll to help her take care of their three children and juggle various official and unofficial tasks. In May, she told a newspaper she needed more staff to “serve the people.”

Trudeau told reporters he was “very proud” of the work Grégoire Trudeau has done for years on women’s and children’s issues, and for many charities.

“She continues to have an enormous amount to offer not just to the government, but to Canadians. And we are working to ensure that she’ll be able to continue to do the work she’s doing,” he said.

“But we also recognize that it should be a free choice. We shouldn’t impose on future prime ministers and on their spouses a duty to follow a particular model.

i think we shouldn't pay to have Sophie build the Liberal brand. she has nothing to ffer me or the vast majority of women who pay taxes.

Good Trudeau is such an insufferably pompous ass!

iyraste1313

from wsws.org on the growing insurrection in Mexico

The Mexican government made clear it has no intention of repealing or revising the education reform. Speaking alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa yesterday, Peña Nieto told the media that his government “will not give in to any provocation” by teachers. Trudeau applauded his Mexican counterpart and called for a “strengthening of the rule of law” in Mexico....

...yes just watch our sweet natured human rights PM as things begin to deteriorate here!

mark_alfred

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/first-nations-health-care-jordan-s-princ...

Liberals announce $382M in new health-care funding for Aboriginal children

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In 2007, the House of Commons adopted the principle that First Nations children should be able to access the same government services as non-Indigenous children.

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Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, said she was encouraged to see the government deliver funding, but was unwilling to endorse the move until she better understood how the plan would work. 

"They are not providing any details, and they are also not saying over what span of time" the money will be allocated, she said. "We don't have any idea of … how they arrived at this figure of $382 [million] … and then how much of it is going to services for kids and how much [is going to] these other broad categories of partnerships."

Blackstock also has concerns as to why the "new approach" only mentions health care and social services and not education and other government services that are supposed to be equally accessible to First Nation's children under Jordan's Principle. 

"Why aren't they applying it to education? Why aren't they applying it to early childhood? Why aren't they applying it to culture and language?" Blackstock asked. 

"I want to learn more before I come out and say this is a good thing for kids," she said. "I hope it is, I really do. I finally want to see these kids finally get what they need."

quizzical

continuing the punative actions againt non-profits when they promised to halt has brought no protests. afterall Juston marched in TO's pride parade. nothing else matters.

what's the saying about when they came  for me?

 

mark_alfred
mark_alfred

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/liberal-government-housing-rrsp-1.3665912

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It was an election promise that made headlines and got people excited. The Liberal Party pledged to make housing more affordable by widening the rules on who could raid their RRSPs to buy a home.

But nine months after winning the election, Ottawa is silent on the pledge. And some experts predict it will continue to remain mum.

"The reality is that too many Canadians cannot afford to buy a house," Justin Trudeau said at a Toronto campaign stop last year where he unveiled the expanded RRSP plan.

But since coming to power, the Liberal government has said nothing more about it. Instead, it has tightened mortgage rules, making it harder for Canadians to buy homes over $500,000.

mark_alfred

Apparently the Liberals have kept their promise on the Canada Child Benefit.  This is their main anti-poverty initiative, intended to bring kids out of poverty.  It's a means tested benefit to parents with children that decreases in proportion to the household income (IE, the richer you are, the less you get -- or conversely, the poorer you are, the more you get, relative to how many kids you have and relative to the kids' ages).  It replaces various other former benefits, so how much better off some families will be is tricky to calculate (though certainly some families will be better off).  Would people be better off with subsidized childcare?  Or is this the better way to go?  Some provinces such as Ontario now provide all day kindergarden, which has lessened the child care crisis of some families.  A small critique is that to receive this benefit, families need to have done their taxes, which some lower income households have not done, meaning they miss out.  Another possibility is that this federal benefit could affect provincial benefits, which would lower its effectiveness (see third link below).

5 things to know about the new Canada Child Benefit

New Canada Child Benefit program payments start today

Canada child benefit seen as fighting poverty — as long as provinces co-operate

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

mark_alfred

Here's the trudeaumetre site's latest assessment:

Days in office: 270

Broken: 18 of 220; Achieved: 34 of 220; In progress: 61 of 220;  Not yet started: 107 of 220.

 

Broken:

  1. Increase funding for Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board with a new investment totalling $25 million each year.
  2. Run short-term deficits of less than $10 billion in each of the next two fiscal years (2016 and 2017).
  3. The 2016 middle class tax cut combined with the new 33% tax bracket will be revenue neutral.
  4. Phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.
  5. Immediately start to invest $3 billion over the next four years to deliver better home care services (including in-home caregivers, financial support for family care, and palliative care).
  6. Immediately implement the imported gun marking regulations.
  7. Invest $6 billion more in green infrastructure over next four years.
  8. Invest an additional $100 million each year in the Industrial Research Assistance Program.
  9. Invest $300 million more in the Youth Employment Strategy to create 40,000 youth jobs each year for the next 3 years.
  10. Invest $40 million each year to help employers create more co-op placements for students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business programs.
  11. Do not buy the F-35s, and immediately launch an open and transparent competition and reduce the procurement budget to replace the current CF-18s.
  12. Maintain current National Defence spending levels, including planned increases.
  13. Welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015.
  14. End MSM blood donation ban.
  15. Offer a 12-month break on Employment Insurance premiums to encourage companies to hire young people by waiving employer premiums for all those between the ages of 18 and 24 who are hired into a permanent position in 2016, 2017, or 2018.
  16. Reduce the small business tax rate to 9% (from 11%).
  17. Set a cap on how much can be claimed through the stock option deduction on annual stock option gains higher than $100,000.
  18. Re-establish lifelong pensions as an option for injured veterans.

 

Achieved:

  1. Eliminate all fees associated with the Access to Information process except for the initial $5 filing fee.
  2. Reduce the advertising budget of the government of Canada and the use of external consultants.
  3. Restore funding for Canada’s four heavy urban search and rescue teams.
  4. Provide new funding to help Indigenous communities promote and preserve Indigenous languages and cultures.
  5. Increase investments in the Nutrition North program by $40 million over 4 years.
  6. Increase the Northern Residents Deduction residency component by 33% (to a maximum of $22 per day).
  7. Introduce a new Canada Child Benefit which will be tax-free, tied to income, and delivered monthly.
  8. Introduce a new Teacher and Early Childhood Educator School Supply Tax Benefit for the purchase of up to $1,000 worth of school supplies each year.
  9. Make the Compassionate Care Benefit more flexible so that those who care for seriously ill family members can access six months of benefits.
  10. Immediately double the number of applications allowed for parents and grandparents to 10,000 each year.
  11. Transfer uncommitted federal infrastructure funds to municipalities, through a temporary top-up of the Gas Tax Fund.
  12. Meet with the provinces and develop a plan to fund a gradual enhancement of the CPP’s defined benefit plan.
  13. Provide direct help to students from low- and middle-income families to help them pay for their education and ensure that debt loads are manageable by increasing the maximum Canada Student Grant to $3,000/year for full-time students and to $1,800/year for part-time students.
  14. End Operation IMPACT (airstrikes against ISIS targets by Canadian CF-18s in Syria and Iraq).
  15. Maintain participation in NATO Operations REASSURANCE (Eastern Europe) and UNIFIER (Ukraine).
  16. Develop a Métis Economic Development Strategy with $25 million funding over five years.
  17. Expand the Learn to Camp program.
  18. For members of the Liberal Caucus, all votes will be free votes except those that implement the Liberal platform, traditional confidence matters, and those that address the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  19. Provide $100 million by April 2016 to the UN High Commission of Refugees.
  20. Provide a right to appeal refugee decisions for citizens coming from Designated Countries of Origin.
  21. Restore the Interim Federal Health Program that provides limited and temporary health benefits to refugees and refugee claimants.
  22. Revoke rules and regulations that muzzle government scientists and allow them to speak freely about their work (with only limited and publicly stated exceptions).
  23. Create a new, non-partisan, merit-based process to advise the Prime Minister on Senate appointments.
  24. Launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
  25. Restore mandatory long-form census.
  26. Cancel family income splitting.
  27. Cut the middle income tax bracket to 20.5% (from 22%).
  28. Introduce a new tax bracket of 33% for individuals earning more than $200,000.
  29. Reinstate the tax credit for contributions made to labour-sponsored funds.
  30. Double funding to the Last Post Fund.
  31. Restore $1.5 million in annual federal funding for freshwater research.
  32. Restore $40 million funding for federal ocean science and monitoring programs.
  33. Create a Prime Minister’s Youth Advisory Council, consisting of young Canadians aged 16-24, to provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister on issues the country is facing.
  34. Include an equal number of women and men in the Cabinet.

 

In Progress:

  1. Amend the Access to Information Act so that all government data and information is made open by default in digital formats.
  2. Create a central, no-fee portal for personal information requests.
  3. Improve open data accessibility.
  4. Double funding in Canada Council for the Arts to $360 million each year (from its current 2015 yearly budget of $180 million).
  5. Restore the Promart and Trade Routes international cultural promotion programs and increase their funding to $25 million each year.
  6. Reverse $150 million cuts in new annual funding for CBC/Radio-Canada.
  7. Establish Canada Research Chairs in sustainable technology.
  8. Increase government use of clean technologies.
  9. Invest $100 million more each year in clean technology producers.
  10. Invest $200 million more each year to support innovation and the use of clean technologies in our natural resource sectors, including the forestry, fisheries, mining, energy, and agricultural sectors.
  11. Make Canada the world’s most competitive tax jurisdiction for investments in clean tech.
  12. Cancel Northern Gateway Pipeline.
  13. Create a new Low Carbon Economy Trust.
  14. Re-do the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion review.
  15. Lift the Mexican visa requirement for travelers.
  16. Repeal provision of Bill C-24 stating that Canadian citizenship can be revoked after being convicted of treason or of an act of terrorism in Canada or abroad.
  17. Invest $300 million in additional annual funding for the First Nations education system for kindergarten through grade 12 programs.
  18. Invest $50 million in additional annual funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program.
  19. Invest $500 million over 2015 to 2018 for building and refurbishing First Nations schools.
  20. End first-past-the-post voting system and explore alternative options.
  21. Develop a new National Early Learning and Child Care Framework to deliver affordable, high-quality, flexible, and inclusive child care for Canadian families - this work will begin in the first 100 days of a Liberal government and is to be funded through investments in social infrastructure.
  22. Establish a Pan-Canadian collaboration on health innovation.
  23. Improve access and reduce the cost of prescription medications.
  24. Increase funding to the Public Health Agency of Canada by $15 million in 2016-2017.
  25. Increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement for single low-income seniors by 10%.
  26. Normalize relations with Iran.
  27. Invest $20 billion more in social infrastructure over next 10 years.
  28. Invest $200 million each year in a new Innovation Agenda.
  29. Invest an additional $80 million in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency over four years.
  30. Make the New Building Canada Fund more focused on providing investments in public transit, social infrastructure, and green infrastructure.
  31. Quadruple federal investment in public transit over next 10 years.
  32. Reverse plan to charge tolls to drivers using Montreal’s new Champlain Bridge.
  33. Ensure that no graduate with student loans is required to make any repayment until they are earning an income of at least $25,000 per year.
  34. Invest $25 million per year in the Youth Service Program.
  35. Reduce the Employment Insurance benefits waiting period to one week (from two).
  36. Restore the eligibility age for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement to 65.
  37. Review escalating home prices in high-priced markets.
  38. Create a federal/provincial/territorial task force to design a new system of marijuana sales and distribution.
  39. Legalize marijuana by removing marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code.
  40. In 2017, admission for all visitors to National Parks will be free.
  41. Invest $25 million each year to develop Canada’s National Parks system.
  42. Reinstate the Court Challenges Program of Canada.
  43. Do not use prorogation to avoid difficult political circumstances.
  44. Introduce a Prime Minister’s Question Period.
  45. Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries may not be, or stand in for, voting members on committees.
  46. Create the post of Chief Science Officer.
  47. Work with the professional medical community and relevant stakeholders to establish professional protocols in relation to decriminalizing medically-assisted death.
  48. Revert plan to end Canada Post door-to-door mail delivery.
  49. Ensure clean water availability on 93 communities on reserves currently affected by poor water quality.
  50. Fund the Freedom Road project for Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.
  51. The Prime Minister will meet with First Nations, Métis Nation, and Inuit leaders at least once every year.
  52. Give international students and temporary residents credit for time already spent in Canada.
  53. Reduce the Employment Insurance premium rate (per $100 of insurable earnings) from $1.88 to $1.65.
  54. Repeal Bills C-377 and C-525.
  55. Hire 400 new service delivery staff.
  56. Increase the value of the disability award.
  57. Invest $25 million each year to expand access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance.
  58. Invest $40 million each year to provide injured veterans with 90% of their pre-release salary with inflation indexation.
  59. Re-open the nine Veterans Affairs service offices.
  60. Follow recommendations of the Cohen Commission on restoring sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser River.
  61. Re-open the Maritime Rescue Sub-centre in St. John’s and the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base in Vancouver.

 

Not Yet Started:

  1. Create a common, quarterly, and more detailed parliamentary expense report.
  2. Release key information that informs decision-making and devote a fixed percentage of program funds to experimenting with new approaches to existing problems.
  3. Refocus development assistance on helping the poorest and most vulnerable, with a focus on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
  4. Review the Copyright Act of 2012 to better understand its impacts on the arts and culture sector.
  5. Create the Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization Coordinator.
  6. Define “terrorist propaganda” more clearly.
  7. Ensure that Canadians are not limited from lawful protests and advocacy.
  8. Establish an all-party national security oversight committee.
  9. Guarantee that all Canadian Security Intelligence Service warrants respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  10. Limit Communications Security Establishment’s powers by requiring a warrant to engage in the surveillance of Canadians.
  11. Require a statutory review of the full Anti-Terrorism Act after 3 years.
  12. Require that government review all appeals by Canadians on the no-fly list.
  13. Ensure accounting consistency among the Estimates and the Public Accounts.
  14. Lower the federal debt-to-GDP ratio to 27% for 2019/2020.
  15. Lower the federal debt-to-GDP ratio to 28% for 2018/2019.
  16. Lower the federal debt-to-GDP ratio to 29% for 2017/2018.
  17. Lower the federal debt-to-GDP ratio to 30% for 2016/2017.
  18. Lower the federal debt-to-GDP ratio to 31% for 2015/2016.
  19. Provide costing analysis for each government bill.
  20. Restore the requirement that the government’s borrowing plans receive Parliament’s pre-approval.
  21. Return to a balanced budget in 2019.
  22. Ensure the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors appointments are merit-based and independent.
  23. Add electric vehicle charging stations at federal parking lots.
  24. Develop a Canadian Energy Strategy to protect Canada’s energy security.
  25. Issue Green Bonds to fund clean tech projects.
  26. Rapidly expand the federal fleet of electric vehicles.
  27. Train trade officials and lead trade missions focused on clean technology.
  28. Modernize the National Energy Board, ensuring that its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in fields like environmental science, community development, and Indigenous traditional knowledge.
  29. Review Canada's environmental assessment processes and introduce new and fair processes.
  30. Work with the United States and Mexico to develop a North American clean energy and environmental agreement.
  31. Implement a federal gender violence strategy.
  32. Offer a $300,000 compensation benefit to families of disabled or deceased firefighters, police officers, and paramedics.
  33. Repeal Bill C-36.
  34. Ban partisan government ads.
  35. Ensure that all Canadians have a right to vote, no matter where they live.
  36. Establish an independent commission to organize leaders’ debates.
  37. Increase election fraud penalties.
  38. Provide Elections Canada with the resources it needs to investigate voter fraud and suppression, illegal financing, and other matters that threaten the integrity of the electoral process.
  39. Restore the independence of the Commissioner of Canada Elections so that they are freely able to prosecute electoral violations.
  40. Restore the voter identification card as an acceptable form of identification.
  41. Review the limits on how much political parties can spend during elections, and ensure that spending between elections is subject to limits.
  42. Scrap Bill C-50 (Citizen Voting Act).
  43. Allow parents to receive benefits in smaller blocks of time over a period of up to 18 months.
  44. Allow parents to take longer parental leaves of up to 18 months with lower benefits.
  45. Amend the Canada Labour Code to provide federally regulated employees with the right to make a formal request to their employer for more flexible working conditions.
  46. Consult with provinces, territories and other stakeholders to introduce a National Disabilities Act.
  47. Increase the availability of high-quality mental health services for Canadians.
  48. Make it easier and more affordable to hire caregivers.
  49. Double the budget for processing family class sponsorship to reduce wait times (which are currently at four years for parent and grandparent applications).
  50. Give additional points under the Express Entry system and restore the maximum age for dependents to 22 (from 19).
  51. Grant immediate permanent residency to new spouses entering Canada, eliminating the two-year waiting period.
  52. Canada will become a party to the international Arms Trade Treaty.
  53. Invest in technologies to enhance border guards’ ability to detect and halt illegal guns from the United States entering into Canada.
  54. Modify the membership of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee to include knowledgeable law enforcement officers, public health advocates, representatives from women’s groups, and members of the legal community.
  55. Provide $100 million each year to the provinces and territories to support guns and gangs police task forces.
  56. Repeal changes made by Bill C-42 allowing restricted firearms to be freely transported without a permit.
  57. Require enhanced background checks for anyone seeking to purchase a handgun or other restricted firearm.
  58. Require firearms vendors to keep records of all firearms inventory and sales.
  59. Require purchasers of firearms to show a license when they buy a gun, and require all sellers of firearms to confirm that the license is valid before completing the sale.
  60. Invest $160 million in an Agri-Food Value Added Investment Fund over four years.
  61. Invest an additional $100 million in agricultural research over four years.
  62. Invest an additional $775 million per year for job and skills training.
  63. Make the the New Building Canada Fund more transparent by providing clearer project criteria and faster approval processes.
  64. Provide loan guarantees and small capital contributions to provinces and municipalities through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  65. Invest $50 million in additional annual support to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program.
  66. Remove GST on new capital investments in affordable rental housing.
  67. Create new, stronger laws to punish more severely those who operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.
  68. Create new, stronger laws to punish more severely those who provide marijuana to minors.
  69. Create new, stronger laws to punish more severely those who sell marijuana outside of the new regulatory framework.
  70. Build icebreakers, supply ships, Arctic and offshore patrol ships, surface combatants, and other resources required by the Navy.
  71. Implement the recommendations made in the Canadian Forces’ Report on Transformation on how to build a more efficient military.
  72. Prioritize assistance for civilian police training operations, particularly Francophone officers.
  73. Establish a federal claims process that recognizes Métis self-government and resolves outstanding claims.
  74. Make permanent the funding available to provincial Métis communities for Métis identification and registration.
  75. Review existing federal programs and services available to the Métis Nation to identify gaps and areas for improvement.
  76. Beginning in 2018, admission for children under 18 will be free, and any adult who has become a Canadian citizen in the previous 12 months will be given one year’s free admission.
  77. Create the country’s first urban National Park (Rouge National Park).
  78. Restore Parks Canada funding by reversing $25 million cuts.
  79. Ensure judicial appointments to the Supreme Court are functionally bilingual.
  80. Establish a free online service for learning and retaining English and French as second languages.
  81. Change the House of Commons Standing Orders to end practice of using inappropriate omnibus bills to reduce scrutiny of legislative measures.
  82. Empower the Speaker to challenge and sanction Members during Question Period, and allow more time for questions and answers.
  83. Parliamentary committees will be given more resources to acquire independent, expert analysis of proposed legislation.
  84. Appoint individuals with appropriate subject-matter expertise to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board.
  85. Bring in tougher regulations to eliminate trans fats and to reduce salt in processed foods.
  86. Consolidate government science so that it is easily available to the public at-large through a central portal.
  87. Improve food labels to give more information on added sugars and artificial dyes in processed foods.
  88. Introduce new restrictions on the commercial marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children (similar to those existing in Québec).
  89. Introduce plain packaging requirements for tobacco products, similar to those in Australia and the United Kingdom.
  90. Create individualized secure accounts for those who want to access all of their government benefits and review key documents.
  91. Create new performance standards for services offered by the federal government, including streamlining applications, reducing wait times, and money-back guarantees.
  92. Enact the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  93. Ensure every new policy and law would meet with the principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
  94. Guarantee that First Nation communities have a veto over natural resource development in their territories.
  95. Immediately lift the two percent cap on funding for First Nations programs.
  96. Implement the objectives of the Kelowna Accord.
  97. Review, repeal and amend all existing laws that do not respect Indigenous rights or that were passed without proper consultation.
  98. Make Statistics Canada fully independent.
  99. Make it more affordable to send money overseas.
  100. Cover the cost of four years of post-secondary education for every veteran who wants one.
  101. Eliminate the marriage after 60 clause.
  102. Increase the veteran survivor’s pension amount from 50% to 70%.
  103. Invest $80 million every year to create a new Veterans Education Benefit.
  104. Spend $20 million to create two new centres of excellence in veterans’ care.
  105. Increase the amount of Canada’s marine and coastal areas that are protected to 5% by 2017 and 10% by 2020.
  106. Ensure gender-based impact analysis in Cabinet decision-making.
  107. Register young Canadians to vote as a part of their high school or CEGEP curriculum.

 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Open Letter to Minister Stephane Dion: "you and your government have adopted Harper’s policies in their entirety..."

Open Letter to Stéphane Dion re: Ukraine and Russia: retired Prof. John Ryan

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

Ottawa rewrites mandate for screening arms exports

The Canadian government has quietly watered down its own mandate for screening the export of military goods, rewriting parts of the only substantive public statement available on Ottawa’s responsibilities for policing foreign sales.

The Report on Exports of Military Goods from Canada, published by the department of Global Affairs, offers the best insight into Ottawa’s export-control policy when it comes to screening deals to sell defence products to foreign customers. A separate export-control handbook provides more of a technical manual for exporters.

quote:

It has removed a phrase about how export controls are intended to “regulate and impose certain restrictions on exports” in response to clear policy objectives.

Instead, it substitutes more anodyne language saying the goal of Canada’s export controls on military goods is, in fact, to “balance the economic and commercial interests of Canadian business” with this country’s “national interest.”

This edit removes the only reference in the entire document to restricting and regulating the export of military goods.

quizzical

keeping the PMO out of appointing SCC judges.

before the PMO appointed a new judge with some input from a committee.

now apppointing  a new judge by the PMO comes from short list given to the PMO by a committee who was appointed by the PMO.

mark_alfred

Re:  post 333. 

Great.  So the Libs have watered down the screening of arms exports.  So, rather than “regulate and impose certain restrictions on exports” (IE, restrictions relating to human rights), they've changed it to "'balance the economic and commercial interests of Canadian business' with this country's 'national interest'".  Business.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/article31216740.ece

NorthReport

It will be one year this week since the Liberals were elected so are they delivering on their promises, eh!

https://www.trudeaumetre.ca

NorthReport

!!

NorthReport

Oh. Oh. Trudeau promises off to a sluggish start

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/justin-trudeaus-economic-promises...

mark_alfred

Toronto Star editorial about the Liberal broken promise of ending the stock option loophole:  Ottawa should stop wasting billions on stock benefits for the rich: Editorial

I believe the editorial is referring to the broken promise that's described here on the TrudeauMetre site:  https://www.trudeaumetre.ca/promise/2107

 

mark_alfred

Possibility of a broken promise to come:

Huffington Post article wrote:
The Trudeau government's economic advisory council is recommending Ottawa raise the age of retirement eligibility [to 67]

Liberal platform wrote:
We will also restore the eligibility age for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement to 65

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/02/06/liberal-advisers-higher-retireme...

mark_alfred

Canadian government has stopped accepting LGBT Iranian refugees to prioritize Syrian refugees

Not a case of a broken promise, but certainly it's a case of the Trudeau government failing to meet expectations.

Quote:

Arsham Parsi, founder of the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees, says his group has resettled approximately 1,000 refugees between 2005 and 2015. But the rate of successful applications has slowed to a trickle.

“I was under the impression that by having the Liberal government, they would expand it more and more. But they shrank it,” he says.

mark_alfred

These protests have mostly been organized by youth online on Facebook, which is great to see.  Here's a list of protests (details may change, so best to check):

The twitter hashtags are #NotSoTrueDeau  #PerformOnReform  and, of course, #ERRE and #cdnpoli

NorthReport

 

What did the police do this as marijuana is about to be legalized?

Jodie Emery Quits Liberals, Says They Lied on Pot Promise

Last week’s arrest in Toronto the last straw for marijuana activist.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/03/17/Jodie-Emery-Quits-Liberals/

Cody87

I am pessimistic about whether the Liberals will follow through on their pot promise (supposed to be legal a month from now from what I heard this time last year), however I can't say I fully agree with Jodie on this. Even if pot had been decriminalized (which can be worse than illegal in cases where decrim is enforced but illegal isn't - fines in decrim jurisdictions disproportionately affect minorities), that still would not give her license to supply it - decrim applies to users, not dealers.

And of course the government is going to regulate it like alcohol. Jodie is trying to manufacture outrage by pretending that wasn't clear or obvious - I guess because it hurts her business?

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I think the Emery's were blinded by the potential profits and got conned by the Liberals. The Liberals are about to institute a regime where you can buy both medicinal and recreational pot but only from large corporations. So London Drugs and liquor stores become outlets. After a few months the RCMP will begin the process of raiding all the mom and pop grow-ops that used to be licensed. They will then claim to have fullfilled their promise.

Yes I am a cynic when to comes to the LIberal's

mark_alfred

Trudeau is getting ready to do some more elbowing.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/tories-accuse...

NDPP

Federal Government Called 'Irresponsible' For Skipping Upcoming Disarmament Talks

http://bit.ly/2nt0K2d

"A former Canadian ambassador for nuclear disarmament is accusing the Trudeau government of 'irresponsible leadership' as Canada skips out on 'historic' talks at the UN this week.

Douglas Roche, also a former parliamentarian, said in an interview Tuesday that if Canada wants a seat on the UN Security Council it shouldn't be so 'fearful' of the United States..."

voice of the damned

Cody wrote:

I am pessimistic about whether the Liberals will follow through on their pot promise (supposed to be legal a month from now from what I heard this time last year)

Actually, from what I recall, last year the Liberals announced that in spring of 2017 they would "begin the process" of legalizing marijuana. But a lot of the media got overly excited and reported things like "Weed will be legal in a few months!!"

So, at this point, no, the Liberals can't be accused of backtracking on the promise. ASSUMING that they actually make the announcement that CBC says they are going to make. (See the earlier bit about media jumping the gun.)

 

mark_alfred

Beyond just "begin the process".

The Government of Canada has committed to introducing legislation on the legalization and strict regulation of cannabis in spring 2017.

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/marijuana/faq.html

voice of the damned

mark_alfred wrote:

Beyond just "begin the process".

The Government of Canada has committed to introducing legislation on the legalization and strict regulation of cannabis in spring 2017.

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/marijuana/faq.html

Yes. Introduce the legislation in spring of 2017. It doesn't say when the law will be passed, or even when exactly full implentation will occur.

The Government of Canada has committed to introducing legislation on the legalization and strict regulation of cannabis in spring 2017.

The new legislation would come into force after being passed by Parliament and once regulations have been developed. These regulations would set out the details of a new system for access to cannabis. For example, they would define who could produce and distribute marijuana, standards for labeling and packaging, and important safeguards to restrict access to keep it out of the hands of children

Notice that "once regulations have been developed" is listed separately and after "passed by parliament". So all they were promising then was that a) the legislation will be introduced, b) presumably passed by parliament, and c) at some unknown point after that, regulations will have been fully implemented and the legislation will come into effect. It's all pretty vague, when you actually look at it.

And, to their credit, what they are now promising IS an actual time-line, terminating in a calendar date when you will be able to buy recreational weed legally.  Again, that's assuming that they actually make the announcement that the media is telling us they're gonna make, AND that they follow through on the plan outlined in that announcement.

 

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