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VOTE MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2006: Parties make their pitch

News | January 16th, 2006



The Liberal Party

Issue of Concentration:
Other than accentuating their economic record over the past 12 years, the Liberals main priority is sustaining and improving a public healthcare system, which Canada is known for throughout the world.

Post-Secondary Education Platform:
At the beginning of the New Year the Liberals proposed a $2.2 billion increased to post —secondary financial aid. They committed to paying half of the first and half of the last years' tuition, up to $3,000 a year, beginning in 2007.

Healthcare Platform:
They are committed to upholding the Canada Health Act and created a 10-year, $41.3 billion strategy to strengthen healthcare. This plan includes shorter waiting times, more doctors and nurses and a National Drug Strategy.

Environmental Platform:
They recognize climate change as a real threat and have committed $4 billion to reversing the effects. The Liberals also support the Kyoto Accord, and they have pledged $5 billion towards sustaining the program in Canada.

Unity/Regional Segregation Platform:
This party will continue to work with the provinces, including Quebec, on all national issues and meet regional agreements on individual circumstances.

The Liberal Party

Issue of Concentration:
This party is concentrating on making government more accountable for their actions by issuing fixed election dates and passing their proposed Federal Accountability Act. They are also promoting their plan to cut the GST to five per cent by 2010.

Post-Secondary Education Platform:
Eliminate parental income as a factor in loan applications and make all scholarships and bursaries tax-free. The Tories would also create a Canadian post-secondary education transfer fund, rather than having it controlled by the provinces.

Healthcare Platform:
They plan to establish a Patient Wait Time Guarantee that will ensure all patients, no matter their income, will only wait the maximum amount of time before being treated. They will also increase the amount of doctors and nurses.

Environmental Platform:
Says Kyoto Accord is flawed and if elected it's sustainability would come be under review. Introduce monthly tax credits for public transit passes, which, according to the Tories, will save the average commuter $153 annually.

Unity/Regional Segregation Platform:
Allow Quebec to individually participate in United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Allow provinces, like Alberta, to opt out of federal programs, like healthcare, with full compensation.

The Liberal Party

Issue of Concentration:
Environmental issues are the basis of their campaign and have incorporated their cause into the majority of their platforms. They are also campaigning to have their party officially recognized on a national level.

Post-Secondary Education Platform:
They see the need to freeze and reduce tuition rates across the country and create a needs-based grant to address financial assistance. They will also invest in research and encourage more hands on learning.

Healthcare Platform:
Instead of just treating the symptoms of unhealthy people, the Greens would promote a lifestyle difference and treat the cause of the illnesses. They would develop a fully integrated health system, one that focuses on solving the underlying problems affecting the well being of Canadians.

Environmental Platform:
Implement an environmental policy that will be committed to reaching and surpassing the goals outlined in the Kyoto Accord and become a leader against climate change. They will also work to create a green economy and create “green” jobs, which encourages the development of low-emission industries.

Unity/Regional Segregation Platform:
They recognize the growing fiscal imbalance between provincial and federal jurisdictions. To uphold confederation, Greens propose to empower provinces so they can meet the needs of their communities.

The Liberal Party

Issue of Concentration:
NDP are focusing on Liberal corruption and the differences their party made while upholding the minority government, like balancing the 2005 budget. They are highly committed to upholding the infrastructure of public healthcare and other social programs.

Post-Secondary Education Platform:
Uphold the 2005 budget promise of $1.5 billion commitment to tuition reduction and training for post-secondary education. Continue to consult provinces on spending, but transfer funding to Canada Social Transfer.

Healthcare Platform:
Protecting a federally funded public system is the NDP's main healthcare concern. No money, directly or indirectly would go towards subsidizing doctors, who practice in a for-profit making insurance system.

Environmental Platform:
Meet Kyoto protocol by 2010 by encouraging corporations to pollute less. Create “green jobs” though National Environmental Infrastructure Program and replace coal power with hydro plants. Put every new federal policy through a “greenscreen” and ensure the policy is environmentally sound.

Unity/Regional Segregation Platform:
Work on embracing Quebec as a diverse and intrinsic part of Canada, while federal government works co-operatively with provinces to develop national priorities.

Marxist-Leninist Party

Issue of Concentration:
In the spirit of Communism, the Marxist —Leninist Party plan to give more power for the working class by disabling the party-run parliamentary system, which only allows Canadians to vote for a candidate once every four, or so, years. They heavily support social programs.

Post-Secondary Education Platform:
The training students receive at either college or university is essential to the progression of society and the Canadian economy. They do not think students and families should go into debt to educate the future employees of monopolized corporations.


Healthcare Platform:

They “viciously” oppose the privatization of healthcare because it violates the right for every citizen to have access to an equal degree of health, and essentially life. The solution should be one that encompasses the rights of all Canadians and not just the people with monetary resources.

Environmental Platform:
This Party views the Great Lakes and their environmental sustainability as a major issue on the campaign trail. They disagree with the "Security and Partnership for North America" agreement, which was signed in 2005 because it makes environmental regulations on the Great Lakes more “flexible” for monopolized corporations.

Unity/Regional Segregation Platform:
Due to their background in union support and sovereignty, MLP support the individual rights of cultures and heritage, but recognize that only through cooperation between all segregations can we create a united Canada.

Progressive Canadian Party

Issue of Concentration:
Protecting the healthcare system from becoming two-tiered and objecting tax cuts, which the Conservatives have proposed is the basis of their small campaign. They want to offer Canadians an alternative to the four popular parties.

Post-Secondary Education Platform:
Under their “Commitment to Canada” student-financing plan, students who choose to have their education financed will be committed to developing their career in Canada for a set period of time.

Healthcare Platform:
A combination of restoring funding to 1993-94 levels, while maintaining a publicly funded system outlined in the Canada Health Act.

Environmental Platform:
Believes in balancing environmental and human/economic progress to maintain a healthy, clean country. A long-term solution must be made rather than exploiting our non-renewable resources.

Unity/Regional Segregation Platform:
Believes separatist parties, like the Bloc Quebecois, are unproductive to the building of a better future for Canada and those issues should be dealt with on a national level, rather than provincial.
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