TORONTO – Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and his party have won a minority government on a platform of promises that included billions of dollars in new spending to rebuild the country from the COVID-19 pandemic.
liberal forum, released September 1, is based on key promises across six key issues: pandemics, climate change, housing, health care, the economy and reconciliation.
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Here are some of the big promises Canadians can expect from a third liberal term:
The Liberals have pledged $9 billion to train thousands of new personal aid workers and offered pay increases. The party has also promised 10 days of paid sick leave for federal workers, money for better ventilation in schools and legal protections for businesses that decide to require vaccinations.
The Liberals also pledged $100 million to study the long-term health effects of COVID-19, including a “long-lasting” study of COVID-19 and its impact on various demographics. The party is also pledging $1 billion for provincial vaccine passports, which nearly every province has now adopted in some form.
To address Canada’s housing crisis, the Liberals have pledged to build, preserve or repair 1.4 million homes over the next four years and are pledging a $2.7 billion increase to the National Housing Co-Investment Fund.
To help Canadians buy a new home, liberals will ban indiscriminate bidding and provide $1 billion in loans and grants to facilitate home purchases.
Liberals have promised to ensure that all Canadians have access to a family doctor and can take prescription medicine. The party will also provide $3 billion over five years to support the application of higher standards for long-term care homes.
When it comes to mental health, the Liberals have pledged $150 million to mental health and PTSD projects targeting people affected by COVID-19 and $4.5 billion over five years to the Canada Mental Health Transfer We do. The party will also implement a three-digit mental health crisis hotline.
Liberals have promised to restore a million jobs lost during the pandemic through a range of job and business benefits designed to get people back to work.
The party plans to expand the most important COVID-19 benefits in the fall of 2021, including subsidies for businesses and benefits for those out of work because of the pandemic.
Liberals pledged $18 billion over the first 5 years to improve quality of life and create new opportunities for people in indigenous communities.
The party has also promised to address the root causes of the disappearance and murder of indigenous women, including loss of access to housing, poverty and indigenous culture.
The party has also promised continued action on access to clean drinking water for indigenous communities.
Trudeau and the liberals have pledged to bring national greenhouse gas emissions 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels before the end of the decade and are committed to making Canada a net-zero country by 2050.
The party has also pledged to continue its carbon pricing and hopes to reduce emissions from the fossil fuel industry.
Liberals are also promising $1.5 billion in a rebate program for electric vehicles.