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Party platforms

This is where you will find important Liberal Party platform elements that we are monitoring.

Issues: Infrastructure |
Energy and Environment|Labour and Skills  |  Aboriginal Policies  | Diversity | Climate Change  |  Research and Development

Last updated: October 27, 2015

Infrastructure

Liberal Party promises to:

  • Make climate resilience a key pillar in federal infrastructure programs, and including climate impact analysis into federal government contracting. Accomplishing this by working with provinces, territories, Aboriginal governments, and municipalities to develop a comprehensive action plan that allows Canada to better predict, prepare for, and respond to weather related emergencies.
  • Make the New Building Canada Fund more focused, by providing significant, separate investments in public transit, social infrastructure and green infrastructure. Enable the New Building Canada Fund to make greater investments in Canada’s roads, bridges, transportation corridors, ports and border gateways.
  • Provide dedicated funding to invest in a broad range of projects, including but not limited to: local water and wastewater facilities, climate resilient infrastructure, clean energy, and clean-up of contaminated sites to facilitate new construction.
  • Boost investment in green infrastructure by nearly $6 billion over the next four years, and almost $20 billion over ten years.
  • Hold a big city mayors’ meeting in Ottawa annually to discuss pressing infrastructure issues facing cities.
  • Establish the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) to provide low-cost financing to build new infrastructure projects.
  • Quadruple federal investment in public transit over the next decade by investing almost $20 billion more.
  • Invest nearly $20 billion more in Canada’s social infrastructure over the next decade.
  • Boost infrastructure funding through alternative sources of capital such as having large pension funds invest in major infrastructure projects in urban and rural communities.

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Energy and Environment

Liberal Party promises to:

  • Continue to oppose proposed Northern Gateway pipeline; support Energy East and Keystone XL pipelines.
  • Invest millions in clean technologies and enhance tax measures to create more green jobs.
  • Introduce an environmental review process with a new, comprehensive, timely, and fair process that restores robust oversight, ensures decisions are evidence-based, and allows the public to meaningfully participate.
  • Increase the amount of Canada’s protected marine and coastal areas to five per cent by 2017 and 10 per cent by 2020.
  • Phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.
  • Work in partnership with the United States and Mexico to develop an ambitious North American clean energy and environmental agreement.

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Labour and Skills

Liberal Party promise to:

  • Invest $40 million annually to help employers create new co-op placements for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business students.
  • Invest $200 million 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.

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Aboriginal Policies

Liberal Party promises to:

  • Invest an extra $515 million a year for core education in First Nations schools (kindergarten to Grade 12) for a total of $2.6 billion in new funding over four years.
  • Provide $500 million for education infrastructure, as well as an additional $50 million per year for post-secondary student support.
  • Set aside another $50 million to help aboriginal people improve their skills and job prospects.

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Diversity

Liberal Party promises to:

  • Consider the gender impacts of the decisions we make.
  • Include an equal number of women and men in our Cabinet.
  • Introduce more flexible parental benefits that will: allow parents to receive benefits in smaller blocks of time over a period of up to 18 months; and make it possible for parents to take a longer leave – up to 18 months when combined with maternity benefits – at a lower benefit level.

Climate Change

Liberal Party promises to:

  • Put a price on carbon pollution that allows provinces to design their own carbon pricing policies.
  • Hold meeting with premiers within 90 days of the Paris UN climate change conference this December to establish a framework for reducing Canada’s carbon footprint.
  • Partner with provinces and territories to establish national emissions-reduction targets, and ensure they have targeted federal funding and the flexibility to design their own policies to meet these commitments, including their own carbon pricing policies.
  • Create a new Low Carbon Economy Trust. The $2 billion Trust will provide funding to projects that materially reduce carbon emissions under the new pan-Canadian framework.
  • Fulfill Canada's G20 commitment and phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry over the medium-term.

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Research and Development

Liberal Party promises to:

  • Put up $200 million a year for three years to help research facilities, small business incubators and exporters and invest another $100 million a year for an industrial research assistance program.
  • Invest $100 million each year for three years in the Industrial Research Assistance Program, to help small- and medium-sized businesses to innovate and become world leaders.

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