From issues of climate change to childcare, here are some key topics to watch for during this election campaign. Which are you most concerned about?
Here’s what voters should watch for this campaign around economic issues in the lead-up to the Oct. 21 election.
Trudeau’s Liberals will pitch Canadians on his government’s accomplishments, including the creation of the Canada Child Benefit and record-low unemployment levels.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will spend the 40-day campaign pitching their own visions outlining how they plan to do better than the Liberal government when it comes to spurring the economy and tackling issues like climate change.
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Story continues below Here are some of the economic issues voters should watch for during this campaign.Climate change and the economyThe effects of climate change are already being felt from coast to coast and that issue has emerged as a key one among voters.
The four main parties are offering different paths forward on how to deal with one of the most pressing threats to Canadian society.READ MORE: Promises Trudeau, Scheer, Singh, May and Blanchet have madeThe Liberals will build on their plan that prices carbon at $20 a tonne. That prices will rise $10 each year to $50 a tonne in 2022. The Trudeau government has seen fierce pushback from several provinces and the parliamentary budget officer has warned that Canada will fall short of reaching its Paris climate accord targets under the plan.
Following a push from Conservative premiers in Alberta and Ontario, Scheer has said he will eliminate the carbon tax altogether. Instead, he is proposing tax incentives to target large emitters as part of his $2.5-billion climate plan, touted as “tech not taxes.”
READ MORE: Scheer, Trudeau duel over report of feds blocking RCMP on SNC-Lavalin inquiryThe NDP is calling for $15 billion in federal investments in environmental initiatives to curb greenhouse gas emissions, which they say would create 300,000 jobs.Meanwhile, May’s Greens are promising to transition fossil fuel workers to jobs in the renewable energy sector, which includes job retraining programs and massive cleanup projects designed to create employment. The plan also calls for a carbon price for all emitters that will keep increasing until a transition to renewable energy is complete.
WATCH: May announces federal election campaignMelanee Thomas, a political science professor at the University of Calgary, said Scheer could struggle on this issue as his plan doesn’t set any targets for greenhouse gas reductions, and voters who have climate change top of might turn to the other parties.
“It’ll be interesting to see how people who — on the environment — think that the Liberals haven’t gone far enough, how will they choose between, say, the NDP versus the Greens?” Thomas said.Pipelines and Alberta WATCH ABOVE: Scheer speaks to media as campaign begins
The oil and gas sector is Alberta’s largest industry and voters there have been pushing to build pipelines to get more oil to global markets.The Trudeau government ultimately bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan to help complete the project despite objections from First Nations and the B.C. government.
READ MORE: Why critics fear Bill C-69 will be a ‘pipeline killer’The Conservatives want to move ahead with the pipeline and have also promised to kill Bill C-69, which the federal government introduced to overhaul Canada’s regulatory process for large resource projects.
The NDP and Greens have vowed to kill the pipeline outright.“What the Liberals need to do is to say that they are credible actors on the economy and credible actors on the environment,” Thomas said. “And that’s a bit of a difficult needle to thread.”Jobs, jobs, jobs WATCH ABOVE: Trudeau focuses on jobs, the economy amid questions about SNC-Lavalin
The middle class was a major talking point for candidates in 2015 and it will likely be heard again at campaign stops as leaders crisscross the country.The Liberals come into this election on a jobs high. Unemployment is at a record low and there are more than a million more Canadians working now than when Trudeau became prime minister.
READ MORE: Everything you need to know about the 2019 federal leaders’ debates However, Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos, said the Liberals will have to convince voters that things have gotten better over the last four years despite ongoing economic worries.
“Some people aren’t feeling like they’re doing well financially, so there is a bit of a disconnect,” he said.READ MORE: Why strong job gains may not mean success for Trudeau’s Liberals in Election 2019The other three parties are selling voters on the idea that things could be better. Scheer is pledging lower taxes and “more money in your wallet” while Singh is promising 300,000 new jobs as part of his party’s climate change plan.
Child care The Canada Child Benefit has been a key part of the Liberals’ policies aimed at “the middle class and those working hard to join it.” The benefits have given roughly $23.7 billion to about 3.7 million Canadians and their families, according to the government. The Liberals recently announced the maximum benefit will increase to $6,639 for each child under the age of six and $5,602 for each child between the ages of six and 17.
WATCH: Singh says party’s ‘new deal for people’ includes pharmacare, cut to climate pollutionScheer says he will make maternity and paternal benefits “tax-free,” providing a non-refundable tax credit of 15 per cent, and include a corresponding credit to apply in Quebec.
The NDP is planning to invest $1 billion in affordable child care in 2020 with plans to grow that investment annually. The Greens have yet to release any specific plans in this area.Tackling wireless billsRising cellphone and internet bills will be a popular target of campaigns this election.
The NDP has announced it would impose a “price cap” on monthly bills that it estimates will save households about $10 a month for each service.READ MORE: Canada’s big cities push political parties for policies on digital economy, privacyThe Liberals are preparing a campaign pledge to reduce cellphone and internet costs either through a cap on monthly bills or by requiring major service providers to offer mobile virtual network operators
The Greens have pledged to “mandate affordable cellphone plans,” but have not provided any specifics yet. The Conservatives have not released a plan but say more details will be available in the coming weeks. Read more: Globalnews.ca »
CFOXvan On the economy, something else to note is that the Green Party is the only party to have their platform fully costed by the parliamentary budget office to ensure balanced budgets GlobalBC Like every other election, we will be entertained with finger pointing and name calling by the candidates. My only interest is in what they say they will do, and their track record in delivering on these statements. I already have my own opinions.
GlobalBC BC1 wish you would pretend you are a news channel and include MaximeBernier in your coverage! PPC2019 GlobalNational If Andrew spend the next 40 days talking about SNC-Lavalin, he is playing old politics. I hope he will give us his plans for Canada the next 4 years, then we can compare notes to who is the better to move Canada forward!
CKNW Please remove news from your name. You telling people how to think not reporting. News. 630CHED Like voters should believe anything that global news or 630 ched have to say about this election, you have being bought and paid for by liberals, so don’t go trying to tell people what they already know, that this government has to go. Stick to traffic reports. Posers. Pathetic.
GlobalEdmonton I like how GlobalEdmonton failed to mention Trudeau being investigated for obstruction of justice by the RCMP and trying to block them from being investigated. Kind of important bit of information dont you think? GlobalFakeNews GlobalCalgary Corus Entertainment owns Global News. Corus owed (85%) by JR Shaw owner of Shaw Communications. JR sits on the board of Suncor Energy. Just saying..
GlobalCalgary You mean watch our worthless votes as election is won or lost on Ontario or Quebec. No wonder JT gives fxck all about western Canada! Everyone should watch for dogs when they drive to vote Minimal scandals and better work performed by Parliament. Some tax savings and ethical decision making.
Would u focus on economic and jobs please? Let's hand this issue to USA and China What a gruesome lineup of options that is .... Where is MaximeBernier My main concerns are the 3 leaders, nick named.......... fool, idiot and half wit. Meaning Trudeau,Elizabeth May and Singh, not necessarily in that order.
Cost of retirement, mental health, declining health infrastructure, declining education system... There are just too many scandals swirling Trudeau to consider this incumbent govt re-electable in any conceivable way. That and the total incompetence on the TMX file. Canada needs pipelines. None of the above. We transparency, and honesty from our federal government, lower taxes.
The lies and bullshit that CTVNews and CBCNews will be supplying to the Canadian people. We don't have a free press, we have a bought and paid for press. How convenient, global claims Canadians are worried about exactly the things that the liberals want us to worry about. 😂 That’s just not true. Let’s talk about corruption. Let’s talk about the economy. Let’s talk about healthcare. Let’s talk about Isis repatriation. FakeNews
Democracy. Hmmm... let's see. Lavscam, Norman, crazy tax hikes, ISIS fighters welcomed into the country, police state.... kind of sick of chew dope and butts calling us racists and nazis.
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Canada finds goals hard to come by in CONCACAF Nations League rematch with Cuba - TSN.caCanada dominated play but needed an Alphonso Davies goal for a 1-0 win over Cuba in CONCACAF Nations League A play Tuesday, just three days after running roughshod over the Cubans in Toronto.
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