Liberals to release platform on Wednesday amid tightening polls and looming debate
The Liberals will release their full campaign platform on Wednesday, a day before the first televised summer campaign leadership debate.
The move comes at a time when polls suggest the Liberals, who have entered the campaign for a majority, have ceded ground to the Conservatives.
CBC Poll follow-up currently has the Conservatives with a narrow lead after more than two weeks campaigning exclusively on their platform, dubbed “Canada’s Stimulus Package.”
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole released his 160-page plan the day after the election was called. Although it has not yet been costed by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), the plan details billion dollars in new spending and promises to recover a million jobs within a year.
Jagmeet Singh’s NDP also released platform commitments – including universal pharmacare and the commitment to create 500,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years – days before the election is called. Nor have the NDP’s promises been fully costed by the PBO.
The Bloc Québécois unveiled its platform last week, while the Green Party has yet to produce its plan within three weeks of election day.
The liberal plan will be unveiled Thursday before a debate in French hosted by the TVA network in Quebec.
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau spent a few campaign moments promoting the deals his government signed with eight provinces and territories for a $ 10-a-day child care program.
Yet he also announced several new proposals that the Liberals will implement if re-elected, ranging from spending billions more on health care help provinces hire 7,500 new family physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners to increase in the corporate tax rate on the profits of banks and insurance companies of more than a billion dollars.
During a campaign stop in Granby, Que. On Monday, a reporter asked Trudeau when he would release a full platform for Canadians as he said the election was the opportunity discuss “big ideas” on Canada’s recovery from the crisis. COVID-19 crisis.
Trudeau said at the time that his platform would be released “in the next few days,” but also said he had come up with “big ideas” since the campaign began.
The Conservatives released a statement to media on Tuesday noting that it was the 17th day of the campaign and criticizing Trudeau for not releasing a platform. “What is Justin Trudeau hiding in his risky plan for Canadians? the party asked in the letter.
In the 2019 election, the Liberals released their platform on September 29, 18 days after the campaign began. The Conservatives, led at the time by Andrew Scheer, published its platform on October 16 – after the closing of the debates and the day of the opening of the advance poll.
Trudeau promises the Canada Mental Health Transfer
During a campaign stop in Ottawa on Tuesday, Trudeau said a re-elected Liberal government would create a permanent Canada mental health transfer for provinces and territories. The initial investment, he said, would be $ 4.5 billion over five years.
The party is also pledging to spend $ 500 million over four years to support the hiring of up to 1,200 new mental health counselors at post-secondary institutions across Canada.
Liberals will also fund national triple-digit phone line for mental health crisis and suicide prevention, an idea previously defended by Conservative MP Todd Doherty.
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“The last 18 months have been very difficult for parents, for the elderly, for essential workers, for those who mourn the loss of family members, for all those who have been victims of discrimination or hatred,” he said. Trudeau said. “No matter who you are, you deserve the right support, and that includes mental health.”
During a campaign stop in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Monday, Trudeau pledged an additional $ 1.4 billion over five years to develop a mental health and wellness strategy in cooperation with First Nations , the Inuit and the Métis nation.
Mental health is a key priority for all parties in light of the isolation and grief experienced during the pandemic.
O’Toole has identified mental health as a central pillar of his Conservative agenda, which promises to inject $ 60 billion into the health care system over the next 10 years. Although the Conservative leader has said he will not dictate how the provinces and territories spend this money, he will work with them to ensure that investments in mental health are a “priority”.
O’Toole said a government led by him would encourage employers to add mental health coverage to their benefit plans with a 25 percent tax credit for three years to offset the additional costs incurred.
The Conservative leader also launched $ 1 billion in new funding over five years for First Nations, Métis and Inuit mental health and addiction programs, and also said a Conservative government will create a national three-digit suicide prevention hotline.