Since 2015, we’ve been making real progress together to invest in the middle class, grow an economy that works for everyone, and protect our environment.
But there’s still more to do. In October, Canadians have a choice to make: keep moving forward, or go back to the politics of the Harper years.
We’re ready to Choose Forward — and keep building on our progress.
We believe in helping those who need it most: middle class Canadians and people working hard to join them. We’re proposing a tax cut, where a middle class family gets $600 and the wealthiest one per cent get zero. We will make sure the middle class pay no federal taxes on the first $15,000 they earn, by raising the Basic Personal Amount (BPA) by almost $2,000 for people earning under $147,000 a year. The Conservatives, on the other hand, have a plan that would go back to giving tax breaks to millionaires. That’s not fair.
Over the past four years, we took significant action to protect our environment and fight climate change – including putting a price on pollution, banning single use plastics, and protecting great swaths of our land and oceans. A re-elected Liberal government will build on this progress, and continue to take ambitious action to fight climate change, by committing Canada to net zero by 2050, planting two billion trees, and making our country the best place in the world to build a clean tech company. In October, the choice will be clear. We can go back to the Harper years, when the Conservatives did nothing about climate change – or fight for a better future.
Gun crime in Canada is on the rise, and today, our country has no clear classification for assault rifles — making it legal to buy several military-style weapons. Andrew Scheer’s policy on guns was written by the gun lobby. He has an agenda that will make it easier for criminals to get their hands on assault rifles. That’s wrong. A re-elected Liberal government will strengthen gun control, and ban assault weapons in Canada.
Canada’s economy is strong and growing, but the rising cost of living is making
it harder for everyone to share in that success. For too many families, it’s still
tough to make ends meet. We will move forward with a real plan to make life
more affordable for Canadians – especially the middle class and people who
are working hard to join it
Canadians are among the most skilled and highly educated workers in the
world, but even at a time of record-low unemployment, the changing nature
of work can make finding and keeping a good job a challenge. We will give
working Canadians the help they need to get ahead and keep our economy
Strong, reliable, and publicly funded universal health care is important to everyone and to our economy. When we are in good physical and mental health, with good access to health care and affordable access to the prescription drugs we need to get and stay healthy, we are better able to work, contribute to our communities, and care for our families.
After a lifetime of hard work, Canada’s seniors have earned a secure and dignified retirement. They deserve a retirement filled with family and friends, not financial worries. We will continue to move forward with investments that give our seniors a better quality of life, with stronger supports to help make ends meet – especially for our most vulnerable seniors.
Canada’s entrepreneurs create jobs. In recent years, their hard work – and the
hard work of the people who work for them – have helped push unemployment
to historic lows, and given Canada a strong record of economic growth. At the
same time, the cost of doing business can be a barrier to continued success. We
will make it more affordable for businesses to move forward, grow and create
more good jobs
Investing in infrastructure creates good, middle class jobs. It helps to keep our
economy strong and growing, and from cities and towns to villages and outports, makes our communities good places to call home. We will continue to invest in our communities and deliver a better quality of life for people, no matter where they live.
Canada’s rural communities are home to millions of Canadians. From the small
businesses that create good jobs to the farmers and ranchers that feed Canada
and the world, the strength of our economy depends on their hard work and
success. We will help our family farms stay strong in challenging times, invest to
make sure that our rural communities are home to more good jobs, help connect
rural communities with high-speed internet, and continue to make rural success
a priority with a dedicated Minister of Rural Economic Development.
Trade is essential to Canada’s economic success. It gives Canadian businesses
access to new markets and new customers and creates good, middle class jobs
– jobs that pay better wages, help families make ends meet, and build strong
communities. We will make it easier to trade here at home, and around the world.
Canadians know that climate change is real, and in the last four years, science has made it even more clear that the future of the planet is at risk. Young people understand this – that’s why they are marching in the streets, demanding action. We can’t afford to go back to the Harper years when the Conservatives did nothing about climate change. We need to take our lead from young people and step up our fight against climate change. And we need to do it now.
The choices Canadians make every day – from the renovations we make on our homes to the kinds of cars we drive – have a real and meaningful impact on the environment we share. We will make it easier and more affordable for people and businesses to make choices that leave a cleaner world for our children and grandchildren.
Whether camping with our families, learning to swim in a cold lake, going ice fishing with our friends, or watching our kids play in the leaves on a warm fall day, Canada’s extraordinary nature, parks, and wild spaces are central to our identity as Canadians. Canada is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It’s up to all of us to help keep it that way.
Canadian communities are fundamentally safe and peaceful places to live, work
and play – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more work to do. We will continue
to move forward with the things that keep Canadians safe today, as we build a
safer and more secure world for our children and grandchildren.
Veterans have given years of their lives in service to others, driven by a profound
sense of duty. So have their families. Both have earned our deep gratitude and
respect. We will move forward to make sure that every veteran gets the help
they need, and will support their families when they need it, too.
Canada is one of the most diverse and welcoming countries in the world
– a place where people can be themselves, find comfort in community, and build
better lives for themselves and their families. At a time when intolerance and
hate is on the rise around the world, we will recommit to being a place where
everyone matters, and where no one is left behind.
From the writers who tell our stories to the comedians who make us laugh to the
artists whose music forms the soundtrack of our lives, Canadians are proud of
the creativity we share with each other – and the world.
Along with Indigenous languages, Canada’s history is rooted in both English and
French – our two official languages that helped to build a strong country and
make us who we are today. Whether spoken at home, at work, among friends,
or online, our official languages continue to be important to our sense of identity
and essential to our future success.
Canadians work hard to take care of their families and communities, and
shouldn’t have to shoulder a heavy burden when it comes to getting good quality
service – from businesses or from their government. We will make it easier for
people to get the help, benefits, and reliable information they deserve.
Parliament works best when its members are free to do what they have been
elected to do: be the voice for their communities, and hold the government to
account. We will take steps to strengthen Parliament and build a stronger
In 2015, we promised a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples – one that would help deliver a better quality of life for their families and communities. While we have made a lot of progress together, more work needs to be done to build on the investments we’ve made and keep moving this important relationship – and our country – forward.
When Indigenous communities have a stake in local projects, and when Indigenous entrepreneurs have the help they need to succeed and grow, everyone benefits.
The future of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples, and our ongoing journey of reconciliation, transcends any one government. But that should never be an excuse for inaction. We need to continue to move forward, to a place where Indigenous Peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future.
In the past four years, we have made significant progress on the things that matter to First Nations. We will continue to move forward to advance the priorities identified by First Nations.
Since 2015, we have made significant progress on the things that matter to Inuit. We will continue to move forward to advance the priorities identified by Inuit.
We have made significant progress over the last four years on the things that matter to the Métis Nation. We will continue to move forward to advance the priorities identified by the Métis Nation.
In an unpredictable and changing world, Canada needs to stay strong, be secure, and continue to engage on the things that matter most. From the help we give to others to the way we defend our own interests, the kind of world our children and grandchildren will grow up in depends on it.
Canada has earned its place in the world, anchored by a reputation for defending democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. We find ways to work with others while staying true to our own values. For all the challenges we’ve faced as a country, Canadians remain open, accepting, and generous – and the world is better for it.
Canada’s story is the story of immigrants – of people who came here seeking a better life for themselves and their families – and of the people who welcomed them. Together, we have helped to grow our economy, build strong communities, create good jobs, and make Canada the best place in the world to call home.