In order to understand how each party would approach some of London’s most pressing municipal priorities, the City of London issued a survey to the Green, Liberal, NDP, and PC campaigns. The responses the City received from each party are below.
In order to understand how each party would approach some of London’s most pressing municipal priorities, the City of London issued a survey to the Green, Liberal, NDP, and PC campaigns. The responses the City received from each party are below.
The Green Party recognizes the growing mental health challenges of Canadians and would immediately establish a mental health strategy and a suicide prevention strategy to address the growing anxieties plaguing Canadians regarding inequality and affordability, the growing precariousness of work and housing, the climate crisis, social isolation, resurgent racial and ethno-nationalism and other harms and risks. The Green Party’s policies are holistic, in that a policy on healthcare would support efforts in poverty reduction and affordability. We do not treat issues in isolation.
Greens understand that the opioid crisis as a health-care issue, not a criminal issue, by declaring a national health emergency. Drug possession should be decriminalized, ensuring people have access to a screen supply and the medical support they need to combat their addictions. We would increase funding to community-based organizations to test drugs and make Naloxone kits widely available.
Statistics show that the greatest determinant of health is poverty. Poverty costs the healthcare system $7.6 Billion annually. Studies show that people with precarious incomes often make poor decisions. When income is no longer precarious, it relieves a lot of stress. The Green Party is the only party advocating for a Guaranteed Livable Income. This helps people in many of life’s challenging situations to live in dignity and independence, especially our veterans who should have access to health care, mental health support and treatments. Military personnel with PTSD must be treated as highly valued people whose health needs to be restored.
The Green Party believes that the best solutions are community-based solutions, but that municipalities do not have access to sufficient funding. The Green Party believes that the level of government that most impacts Canadians is at the municipal level, and that the challenges of today’s urbanization requires more infrastructure funding at this level.
• Give municipal governments a seat at the policy-making table through the Council of Canadian Governments.
• Encourage the use of City Charters which give greater autonomy to cities.
• Makes changes to the Canada Infrastructure Bank to reduce interest rates to municipalities on loans for infrastructure projects.
• Institutionalize federal transfers to municipalities through the creation of a Municipal Fund, renaming the Gas Tax funds, which were delinked from gas tax revenue years ago. Ensure a doubling of current funding to ensure predictable and reliable funding to municipalities.
• Allocate one per cent of GST to housing and other municipal infrastructure on an ongoing basis to provide a consistent baseline of funding.
We need the courage – and meaningful action – to build a Canada without poverty, where all Canadians can count on quality public services and community supports to help them lead dignified lives. A core component of our approach is enshrining the right to housing in law and starting work now with a goal of ending homelessness in Canada within a decade. In a country as wealthy as Canada, there is no excuse to leave any Canadian living in poverty without a safe roof over their head.
Our affordable housing strategy will include measures to support Canadians at risk of becoming homeless, take the lead from communities about local needs, and adopt a “housing first” approach. To help people find an affordable home in the long term, we will support the creation of more social housing and other affordable options.
Poor health and poverty are linked and a national pharmacare program will mean that all Canadians can access the prescription medicine they need, regardless of their income, or address. Better access to mental health and addictions support will also form a key part of our approach to tackling poverty.
There’s a lot more to do to modernize our health system for today’s needs. Mental health support is an enormous unmet need across the country; a third of Canadians struggling with mental health challenges who have expressed a need for counselling weren’t able to get it.
New Democrats believe that we need to work towards health care that covers us from head to toe. Mental health care should be available at no cost for people who need it, and everyone should be able to get regular eye care and hearing care. Canadians struggling with infertility should also have access to the procedures and care they need, no matter which province or territory they live in.
Ensuring that every Canadian has access to the mental health support they need is among the top priorities for the Liberal Party. That is why a re-elected Liberal government will add mental health services to the Canada Health Act, the legislation stipulating what provinces and territories must cover under their insurance plans. This will guarantee that every Canadian - no matter where they live or how much money they make - will have access to a full range of mental health services. This is particularly important for young Canadians, who often face additional barriers in getting the help they need. This will build on the progress we’ve made over the last four years, most notably the largest investment in mental health services in Canadian history.
Some Canadians lack the care they need because their family doesn’t have a physician. A re-elected Liberal government will ensure that every Canadian can easily find a family doctor or primary care team.
We also know that addiction is closely tied to mental health — and every day, families in Ontario and across the country are losing loved ones to substance use and the opioid crisis. A re-elected Liberal government will help provinces and territories expand community-based services with a $700 million investment over the next four years to build more in-patient rehab beds, and scale up the most effective programs, like safe consumption sites. This is the largest investment proposed by any major national political party in this election toward helping Canadians with the urgent need of getting better access to addictions treatment.
We will also help people get access to treatment by making drug treatment court the default option for first-time non-violent offenders charged exclusively with simple possession, so those in need can supports they need to get their lives back on track.
Of course, the federal government will have to negotiate with the provinces and territories to reach new health accords and ensure community-based services are available to those in need. With Premiers like Doug Ford at the table—who has made repeated and dangerous cuts to health care—Londoners have an important choice to make about who they want at that table. Andrew Scheer who is vowing to cut additional $53 billion over the next five years—an amount larger than the total amount the federal government is spending on health care this year—or Justin Trudeau who has a proven track record and a clear plan to defend and strengthen our healthcare system.
Canada is currently experiencing an addiction crisis and too many are losing themselves to addiction and their lives from overdoses. Canadian families and workplaces are adversely affected by addiction and abuse of substances costing our economy over $40B per year. We are committed to turn the tide of this trend. Unfortunately, when it comes to addiction, Justin Trudeau has focused on making it easier for severely addicted Canadians to continue to use drugs.
Conservatives believe that Canadians have the courage and strength to overcome addiction. Every year thousands of Canadians triumph over addiction and enter recovery, proving that success is possible and sustainable. Our Conservative recovery strategy will provide evidence-based leadership that supports Canadians, their families and workplaces to achieve an addiction free life, improved health and positive engaged citizenship.
An Andrew Scheer government would:
Make the Recovery from Addiction the Goal of Substance Abuse Policy
To help more Canadians recover from addiction, we will revise the federal government’s substance abuse policy framework to make recovery its overarching goal. We will reorient the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy towards ensuring that every addict has the opportunity to recover from their addiction and to lead a drug-free life and that all policies that fall under the Strategy have recovery as their objective.
Invest in Treatment and Recovery Centres
To realize our vision to have recovery be the goal of substance abuse policy, we will invest in recovery community centres, recovery high schools, and treatment centres. This will give those who suffer from addiction, their families, and those who have recovered, spaces where they can get the help they need and support each other.
Tackling Canada’s addiction crisis and helping people recover requires serious action by all levels of government.
Educate Canadians on the Harms of Drugs
To empower Canadians, especially young Canadians, to live a drug-free life, we will launch a national education campaign focusing on the dangers of drug use and the benefits of staying drug free.
Help Municipalities and School Districts to Clean Up Used Needles
To clean up the neighbourhoods and parks, we will partner with municipalities and school districts to help clean up used needles in public spaces.
Greens believe that housing should be declared a universal right. We will appoint a Minister of Housing to oversee a multi-pronged approach to addressing the issues of homelessness. We will initiate a program with a target for 25,000 new and 15,000 rehabilitated units annually for the next 10 years. We will also increase the National Housing Co-investment Fund by $750 million for new builds to encourage more partnerships like the successful Indwell projects here in London. We will increase the Canada Housing Benefit by $750 million for rent assistance for 125,000 households and create a Canada Co-op Housing Strategy that would update the mechanisms for financing co-op housing, in partnership with CMHC, co-op societies, credit unions and other lenders.
While the lack of affordable housing is being felt across Canada, London has some of the lowest vacancy rates and the highest rent to income ratios. We also have over five thousand people on waitlists for social housing. In London we have to work with the municipalities to change zoning laws to allow for construction of tiny homes, secondary units, and laneway housing. We would like to see 20% of new builds mandated as geared-to-income, and we would raise taxes on vacant buildings. Following the London Plan and smart city building, we would push for development that is sustainable and builds density (up not out) while not encroaching on green spaces.
Everyone should have the right to a safe and affordable place to call home. Working people should be able to afford to live close to their workplaces, including in the heart of our biggest cities. Young people should be able to stay in the neighbourhoods they’ve grown up in. And seniors should never be forced out of the communities that they’ve spent their lives in.
But for too many families, safe and affordable housing is increasingly out of reach thanks to skyrocketing rents, demo-victions, and ballooning home prices. Parents lie awake at night worrying about how they can afford the family home, as costs keep going up but paycheques don’t keep up. And huge numbers of young people are being forced to give up on the dream of ever owning their own house.
That’s why a New Democrat government will create 500,000 units of quality, affordable housing in the next ten years, with half of that done within five years. This will be achieved with the right mix of effective measures that work in partnership with provinces and municipalities, build capacity for social, community, and affordable housing providers and co-ops, and meet environmental energy efficiency goals. This ambitious plan will create thousands of jobs in communities all across the country, and help Canadians get the affordable housing they need. Our federal investment will begin with $5 billion in additional funding in the first year and a half of a New Democrat government.
In order to kick-start the construction of co-ops, social, and non-profit housing, we will set up dedicated fast-start funds to streamline the application process and help communities get the expertise and assistance they need to get projects off the ground today, not years from now.
A New Democrat government will also spur the construction of affordable homes by waiving the federal portion of the GST/HST on the construction of new affordable rental units – a simple change that will help get new units built faster and keep them affordable for the long term.
All Canadians have a right to housing and we agree that federal leadership is essential to help municipalities like London meet the housing needs of their community. That is why, in Budgets 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, the Trudeau Government made significant new investments in housing. That is also why we introduced Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy, a landmark 10-year $55 billion plan to provide homes to hundreds of thousands of Canadians who need them. Our plan will build a new generation of housing in this country.
Our plan is working. In the last four years, the Trudeau Government committed more than $13 billion to specific housing projects, which will result in more than 40,000 new homes, nearly 230,000 repaired homes, and hundreds of thousands of families benefiting from rental support. Launching in just a few months, the Canada Housing Benefit will also provide $2,500 per year in rental assistance to 300,000 Canadians per year who, for example, are not able today to find adequate, affordable housing as they sit on a long waiting list for help.
Because of the National Housing Strategy, and associated investments, housing providers across the country will be able to build on these results. From 2018 to 2028, the National Housing Strategy is expected to reduce housing need for more than 500,000 families, protect affordability for 385,000 housing units, build 125,000 new homes, and repair another 300,000. This level of ambition in housing has not been seen at the federal level of government in generations.
But we know there is more work to do. That is why we are committed to the implementation of the new Canada Housing Benefit— starting in 2020—, as well as Phase II of the Federal Community Housing Initiative— also starting in 2020. It is why the Trudeau Government launched the new First-Time Home Buyer Incentive in September 2019, which allows homeowners to take up to 10 per cent off the price of a qualifying house, and lower their monthly mortgage payments without increasing down payments.
You also mention devastating challenges of homelessness in London. Through the National Housing Strategy, we are committed to investing at least $2.2 billion over 10-years to address homelessness, including a doubling of annual investments in homelessness programming by 2021-22, compared to 2015-16 that will help reduce chronic homelessness by 50% by 2028. The National Housing Co-Investment Fund will also prioritize strategic federal investments in projects that support the transition of Canadians from homelessness to long-term housing.
And finally, we are committed to furthering the progressive realization of the right to adequate housing. This includes the appointment of a Federal Housing Advocate as well as the creation of a National Housing Council. The right to housing, which is the first of its kind in Canadian history, requires the government to respond to gaps in the housing system that are identified. Our party is committed to fulfilling this important responsibility, backed by a serious plan, with investments, and the accountability measures in place to ensure the vision is achieved.
Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives will put this progress and this plan at risk with his plan to cut $18 billion over the next five years from federal infrastructure spending, including investments in transit and social infrastructure such as housing and child care, which help make our communities livable and affordable. We have to keep moving Canada forward.
Home is where memories are made – like bringing your first child home from the hospital, road hockey tournaments on the driveway, and conversations around the dinner table. But today, the dream of home ownership is out of reach for so many.
Justin Trudeau is not helping. His first time home buyer incentive excludes many Canadians and only targets certain cities. Trudeau’s changes to the stress test even make it even harder to qualify for a mortgage.
A new Conservative government will remove barriers to home ownership. We will make more new homes available and make it easier for you to buy and pay for a home.
An Andrew Scheer government would:
Fix the Mortgage Stress Test
To ensure that Canadians are not unnecessarily prevented from accessing a mortgage, we will fix the mortgage stress test.
The stress test does not just hurt first-time buyers. When individuals renew their mortgage, they are also subject to the stress test if they want to switch lenders. Many are unfairly stuck with their original lender, potentially paying higher mortgage rates. We will work with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) to remove the stress test from mortgage renewals.
Extend the Mortgage Amortization Period
To lower monthly mortgage payments and afford home buyers a lower barrier to entry to the housing market, we will extend the maximum amortization period on insured mortgages for first-time home buyers to 30 years.
Today, an increasing number of Canadians are self-employed or move jobs more frequently. As the economy and the labour market change, government policy has to keep up. A longer amortization period will allow first-time home buyers more flexibility for monthly payments and is better suited for today’s labour market.
Investigate Money Laundering in the Real Estate Sector
To root out the corrupt activities that drive up real estate prices and put home ownership out of reach, we will launch a public inquiry into money laundering that will provide recommendations for an action plan to crack down on this activity. There is strong evidence that money laundering has pushed up home prices in major Canadian housing markets and rural areas. We will put a stop to it.
Make Surplus Federal Real Estate Available
To increase the supply of housing, we will make surplus federal real estate available. To do this, we will review the federal government’s extensive real estate portfolio of 38,000 buildings. We will also immediately reinvigorate the Federal Lands Initiative. We will also look at ways that federal infrastructure investments can be leveraged to encourage housing supply.
Introduce the Build More Homes Competition
To empower municipalities to build more homes, a new Conservative government will introduce the Build More Homes Competition. This competition will reward municipalities that have proven to reduce red tape that stands in the way of new home construction.
One of the ways to bring meaningful employment opportunities to London is to create an environment that encourages businesses to invest in and open their doors in London. That means helping the City with stable and appropriate funding to build a better public transit infrastructure to move people easily and conveniently around the city, including to and from the airport.
Another way to encourage investment is to link London to other major Canadian cities through improved rail systems, specifically high-speed rail, getting Londoners and others to and from London quickly and regularly. The passenger rail system must be separated from cargo rail. With ease of travel, business will see London as a prime area to invest given that Western and Fanshawe can provide a wealth of highly educated employees.
From steel mills and auto plants to farms and high-tech companies, and everything in between, Canadian industries power our economy and sustain the jobs that families across the country rely on. But for too long, Liberal and Conservative governments have ignored the need to support Canadian industry, trading away advantages in trade deals and failing to invest in the targeted support that our industries need to thrive.
If we make the right choices now, we can make Canada an even better place to invest, and protect and create good jobs for the future. We can make Canadian industry a global leader as market needs evolve. We’ll make sure that Canadian workers are at the centre of a robust strategy to drive innovation and boost competitiveness, now and into the future. And as we grow our clean energy economy, we’ll protect and create good jobs for families today – and tomorrow.
A New Democrat government will bring together all levels of government with business and labour leaders to develop a national industrial strategy to build an advanced low-carbon manufacturing economy in Canada that will provide good middle-class jobs to Canadian workers. We will also take measures to grow the domestic market for Canadian manufactured goods and provide strategic supports to our long-neglected steel and aluminum industries to attract and retain jobs and investments in communities across the country.
To make sure that Canadians can succeed in a low-carbon future, the federal government needs to step up to provide training and re-training for the next boom – making sure that public investments are directed to clean energy, sustainable infrastructure, and boosting energy efficiency in communities across the country. New Democrats will create 300,000 good jobs in a first mandate with Power to Change: A new deal for climate action and good jobs, addressing the climate crisis while making life better for all Canadians.
Canadians created nearly 1.2 million new jobs in just four years, the vast majority of which have been full-time. Stronger wage growth is helping more Canadians get ahead, but further progress is needed. We also know that women have an essential role to play in building strong companies and creating more good jobs – so we invested in helping more women entrepreneurs, created more accessible and affordable child care spaces, and moved forward with more flexible parental leave, to make it easier for new moms to go back to work.
Today, the evolving nature of work means that people may change jobs many times over the course of their working lives, presenting workers with a new challenge: how to get the training they need to keep their existing jobs, or prepare for a new one. To help give people the time and money they need to keep their skills relevant and in-demand, we will move forward with the Canada Training Benefit, which gives workers money to help pay for training, provides income support during training, and will also offer job protection so that workers can take the time they need for training, knowing they will have a job to come back to when their training is done.
We will also help Red Seal apprentices get the work experience they need to finish their certification and find good, well-paying jobs. We will help entrepreneurs get access to the capital they need to succeed and grow, and we will lower costs and cut red tape for small business owners.
To help new entrepreneurs grow and flourish, we will make it free for businesses to get any service they need from Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada, and we will create the Canada Entrepreneur Account, to provide up to 2,000 entrepreneurs with as much as $50,000 each to launch their new businesses. We will also help every new business that is incorporate go digital first, by creating a national voucher of up to $250 initial services to help with getting set up online.
And because we know that infrastructure projects not only improve our standard of living but also create good-paying jobs, we will make sure that provinces and territories spend the federal infrastructure money they receive on infrastructure, and spend it on time and without unnecessary delay.
Finally, we know where the global economic puck is going. The market for clean technology – which uses renewable energy and emits less pollution – is expected to exceed $2.5 trillion by 2022. That’s good news for our economy, and for our environment.
To take advantage of this opportunity to attract and grow businesses that will help us meet the ambitious goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, a re-elected Liberal government will cut in half the corporate tax paid by companies that develop and manufacture zero-emissions technology like zero-emissions vehicles. These lower taxes will create a strong incentive for businesses to set up shop in Canada, and help make Canada a true world leader in zero-emissions clean tech.
Canada needs a strong, dynamic economy that encourages investment to provide work and opportunity for all Canadians.
Justin Trudeau has imposed high taxes and burdensome regulations. He has attacked small business owners, making it harder for them to grow their business and hire Canadians. The promise of potential is what makes Canada unique and special, and this should not be taken for granted.
The Conservative Party is very concerned that a Liberal/NDP coalition government will continue to enact policies and regulations that will hurt Canada’s already worsening competitiveness.
Like many Western countries, Canada will face a massive demographic shift in the coming decade. As our baby boomers retire, we will need workers, innovators, job creators, and risk-takers to sustain a thriving economy and ensure the high standard of living that Canadians enjoy and expect.
To create and maintain more good jobs, as Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will:
· Repeal Trudeau’s Carbon Tax;
· Stop Justin Trudeau’s attacks on small business;
· Create a National Energy Corridor;
· Boost innovation;
· Support economic immigration;
· Get infrastructure built;
· Promote interprovincial trade; and
· Support key Canadian industries.
The Green Party recognizes that municipalities are tasked with meeting many of the needs of citizens in their day-to-day lives, as well as immediately addressing some of the impacts resulting from climate change. Cities should not be left to deal with climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster preparedness on their own. The Green Party believes it is essential to have a Council of Canadian Governments, comprising the Prime Minister, premiers, mayors from several large and small cities and Indigenous leaders to create a national strategies and to ensure that all levels of government are working closely together to reach the same goals. Greater dialogue will make sure that everyone is on the same page, sharing the same knowledge and expertise, and that deficiencies in funding or program implementation can be quickly addressed. Municipalities must feel that they have the support of the higher levels of government to roll out vital policies and programs to protect their citizens and to engage in long-term strategic and infrastructure planning.
To make sure that municipalities can truly prepare for climate change and severe weather, they must receive greater than 10 cents of every tax dollar. We support the re-institution of federal transfers to municipalities through the creation of a Municipal Fund, renaming the Gas Tax funds, which were delinked from gas tax revenue years ago. We would ensure a doubling of current funding to ensure predictable and reliable funding to municipalities that could be directed towards climate change adaptation, mitigation and preparation for severe weather events.
Investing in public infrastructure creates good jobs, makes our communities more livable, and helps fight climate change. It’s one of the most important ways that governments can make people’s lives easier.
But instead of rolling out an ambitious plan to get our communities moving like they promised in the last election, this Liberal government wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on an infrastructure bank that’s only supported two projects with loans. This privatization of public infrastructure through this bank will hit Canadians in the wallet. In fact, Justin Trudeau has refused to rule out the idea of forcing Canadians to pay back investors through tolls and other user fees.
As the impacts of climate change are felt across the country, New Democrats believe that all levels of government have to step up to help communities cope with the impacts of extreme weather. That’s why a New Democrat government will expand federal funding to respond to disasters and support communities in proactively adapting their infrastructure to withstand floods, forest fires, and other extreme weather events. We will also partner with Canadians and communities to make serious investments in making buildings more energy efficient to help families save money and fight climate change.
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. London, along with the rest of our country, needs a federal government with a plan to tackle climate change that is both ambitious and feasible. And the Liberal party will deliver. An independent analysis of all four major parties' climate plans gave the Liberal plan the highest combined grade.
We will continue to lead with a price on pollution and a plan to help reduce emissions. We will achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. We will plant two billion trees to clean our air and protect our communities. We will make sure that people get the help they need when there is a federally declared disaster or emergency. And we will help people and communities deal with the realities of increased climate-related risks and disasters.
We will partner with communities by investing an additional $1 billion in the Disaster Mitigation and Assistance Fund to help with local projects and provide a proactive, permanent and sustainable way to address the emerging threats of climate change.
In addition to this, municipalities such as London can count on us to make transit funding permanent so that you can continue to invest in building new infrastructure that will improve commute times, reduce congestion and fight climate change. To help with the transition to zero-emission vehicles, we will introduce a new fund to help school boards and municipalities purchase 5,000 zero-emissions school and transit buses over the next five years.
We know all too well that a changing climate comes with real risks to our safety, to our homes, and to our ability to make ends meet. To help people get ready for climate risks and realities, we will move forward with programs that help protect against some of the worst effects of climate change. For example, we will protect homeowners who are at high risk of flooding and don’t have adequate insurance protection, by creating a low-cost national flood insurance program.
We will also establish a national home retrofit program to help homeowners and landlords join in the fight against climate change, enabling them to access a free audit, borrow up to $40,000 interest free, and receive an incentive for participating. Over the next five years this will help retrofit 1.5 million homes to help Canadians make their homes more energy efficient, and better protect them from climate-related risks. We will introduce a $5,000 net zero home grant to help encourage the construction of zero-emissions homes.
Canada’s Conservatives revealed A Real Plan to Protect Our Environment in June 2019. A Real Plan to Protect Our Environment is the result of hard work, extensive stakeholder consultation, and independent research. Our plan balances the need for Canada to fight climate change by lowering global emissions with our core promise of leaving more money in Canadians’ pockets so they can get ahead.
To improve our resilience to extreme weather events, an Andrew Scheer government will incorporate a mitigation and adaptation lens to the government’s infrastructure investments. Communities must be able to identify risks and be able to plan to address them. An adaptation lens can include designing infrastructure to be resilient to extreme weather events, but it also might include designing other infrastructure to protect against known hazards. In either case, this will help communities be prepared in the event of an emergency.