Candidates Response to Question 4 of the 2015 Federal Election Questionnaire

On October 19, 2015 Halton voters will cast their ballot for local Federal candidates. On behalf of Halton residents, Regional Chair Gary Carr has sent a letter and questionnaire to Halton’s candidates asking for their positions on a number of issues of critical importance to Halton Region.

Question 4

Economic development and job creation continue to be priority issues facing Canadian municipalities including Halton Region. While all levels of government are working to create jobs and grow the economy, more must be done. Halton continues to be an economic hotspot where businesses choose to locate as a result of our competitive taxes, strong financial position and high quality of life. In addition, Halton’s successful Economic Development Strategy has been working to meet mandated provincial employment targets to achieve sustainable economic prosperity.

How would you and your government assist Halton in creating the right climate for economic growth and job creation? What would you and your government do to spur innovation in Canadian businesses to help them become more globally oriented?

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Burlington
    Vince Fiorito – Green Party of Canada



Oakville North-Burlington






Milton
    Alex Anabusi – New Democratic Party
    Mini Batra – Green Party of Canada


    Azim Rizvee – Liberal Party of Canada

Oakville

    Che Marville – New Democratic Party


Wellington - Halton Hills



    Anne Gajerski-Cauley – New Democratic Party


Karina Gould – Liberal Party of Canada 
This topic is particularly close to my heart, as a Trade and Investment Specialist and someone who is interested in promoting Canada, and Burlington, as a great place for companies to do business. On a personal level, I believe it is important that the federal government be a true partner for regional economic development and develop a clear strategy for attracting investment, fostering innovation and encouraging expansion of new and existing employers. I would work in collaboration with the Region and the Burlington Economic Development Corporation to see how I can best support their already strong initiatives.
The Liberal Party of Canada is also firmly committed to economic development, employment for Canada’s youth and innovation. A Liberal government would:

  • Invest $100 million each year in clean technology providers;
  • Invest $200 million each year in a new Innovation Agenda to significantly expand our support for incubators and accelerators, as well as the emerging national network for business innovation and cluster support;
  • Invest an additional $100 million each year in the Industrial Research Assistance Program;
  • Create 40,000 good youth jobs each year for the next three years by investing $300 million more in a renewed Youth Employment Strategy;
  • Invest $40 million each year to help employers create more co-op placements for students in STEM and business programs; and
  • Waive EI premiums for 12 months for employers who hire young Canadians, ages 18-24, in permanent, full-time positions in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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David Laird

David Laird – New Democratic Party 
Job creation is a critical issue for the NDP. We will create quality jobs that allow families to thrive. Our plan is to encourage economic growth and job creation by providing incentives for the manufacturing sector and for the small business community. To create the right climate for economic growth and job creation, the NDP will cut the small business tax rate from 11 to 9 percent. Small business creates 78% of all private sector jobs in Canada. This cut represents an almost 20 percent tax cut for small business. This change will inject $600 million into small business allowing them to hire employees and make investments that will make more competitive.

The NDP will also create an Innovative Tax Credit for businesses that invest in machinery, equipment and property used in innovation-boosting research and development. Canadian’s know that in an information economy, research and development is critical to remaining competitive. This plan will save Canadian manufactures that make investments in research and development approximately $40 million each year. This will spur innovation in the business community and allow them to become more competitive in global markets.

The NDP has committed to extend the Accelerated Capitol Cost Allowance for manufacturing and processing machinery. We believe this will encourage Canadian companies to make investments that will make them more globally competitive. We believe that this initiative will not only attract new investors and increase the exports of Canadian manufacturers but will also create good middle class jobs.
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Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace – Conservative Party of Canada
Expanding trade and investment for Canadian companies is a priority for Conservatives. Expanded trade means more jobs for more Canadians.
Over the last 10 years, the Conservative government has successfully negotiated free trade agreements with 39 countries, including the European Union and South Korea, to significantly increase Canada’s trade network and provide more export opportunities for Canadian businesses. Not since the Conservative government of Prime Minister Mulroney, which successfully negotiated the free trade agreement with the United States, has a government done as much to expand trade as the current Conservative government of Prime Minister Harper.
Currently, the Conservative government continues to pursue free trade agreements, such as the on-going Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Negotiations. Conservatives are committed to deepening our trade ties in the dynamic and fast-growing Asia-Pacific region, while strengthening our traditional partnerships in the Americas. The TPP is a part of the Conservative’s ambitious pro-trade, pro-export plan to create jobs and opportunities for Canadians.
In addition, the most recent federal budget has made a number of investments and tax changes to encourage greater trade and investment. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, an association that represents manufacturing companies, praised the Conservative government’s budget and said that,

“This year’s budget backs up the importance of both manufacturing and exporting with a number of important tax and investment measures that will have a very positive impact.”

Conservatives are committed to making significant investments in Halton Region to spur innovation. A re-elected Conservative government will establish a new Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Burlington to encourage the development of cutting-edge products and technologies. The new centre will become a catalyst for high-quality, value-added investment and jobs in the manufacturing sector. A re-elected Conservative government will also establish an Investment and Trade Promotion Office with a mandate to coordinate federal programs and policies to attract new manufacturing product mandates and investments to Canada, and help Canadian firms increase market share globally.
Finally, Conservatives are committed to continuing to invest in “trade infrastructure” – such as the Port of Quebec and the Windsor-Detroit border crossing – to ensure Canadian goods can get to new markets.
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Chris Jewell – Libertarian Party of Canada 
This was somewhat addressed in question one. We need to abolish income tax and build infrastructure. We also need to address the other reasons why business has left. We have some of the strictest labour laws and safety laws in the world. We have huge amounts of red tape and bureaucracy that entrepreneurs need to overcome to actually open a business. Thanks to the climate change fraud, green energy initiatives have also given us some of the highest electricity costs in the entire developed world.
Why would you open your manufacturing facility in Halton, when you have to pay millions in electricity and in government mandated fees, when you could move abroad and pay almost nothing?
I would like to put pressure on the province to scrap things like WSIB, labour laws and green energy. WSIB and the ministry of labour could be easily replaced if employers simply had to buy private insurance. Plus, it would also allow us to greatly cut taxes. This coupled with a return to cheap electricity would entice business to return to our small towns and we would see a massive boom in manufacturing. This, coupled with my answer to question one, would attract international business to set up shop in Ontario and Halton.
A predatory tax system, extremely expensive electricity, and an extremely intrusive government, are the reasons why manufacturing has left Ontario. If we fix this, business, without a doubt, will return and our economy will boom!
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Lisa Raitt

Lisa Raitt – Conservative Party of Canada
Expanding trade and investment for Canadian companies is a priority for Conservatives. Expanded trade means more jobs for more Canadians.
Over the last 10 years, the Conservative government has successfully negotiated free trade agreements with 39 countries, including the European Union and South Korea, to significantly increase Canada’s trade network and provide more export opportunities for Canadian businesses. Not since the Conservative government of Prime Minister Mulroney, which successfully negotiated the free trade agreement with the United States, has a government done as much to expand trade as the current Conservative government of Prime Minister Harper.
Currently, the Conservative government continues to pursue free trade agreements, such as the on-going Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Negotiations. Conservatives are committed to deepening our trade ties in the dynamic and fast-growing Asia-Pacific region, while strengthening our traditional partnerships in the Americas. The TPP is a part of the Conservative’s ambitious pro-trade, pro-export plan to create jobs and opportunities for Canadians.
In addition, the most recent federal budget has made a number of investments and tax changes to encourage greater trade and investment. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, an association that represents manufacturing companies, praised the Conservative government’s budget and said that,

“This year’s budget backs up the importance of both manufacturing and exporting with a number of important tax and investment measures that will have a very positive impact.”

Conservatives are committed to making significant investments in Halton Region to spur innovation. A re-elected Conservative government will establish a new Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Burlington to encourage the development of cutting-edge products and technologies. The new centre will become a catalyst for high-quality, value-added investment and jobs in the manufacturing sector. A re-elected Conservative government will also establish an Investment and Trade Promotion Office with a mandate to coordinate federal programs and policies to attract new manufacturing product mandates and investments to Canada, and help Canadian firms increase market share globally.
Finally, Conservatives are committed to continuing to invest in “trade infrastructure” – such as the Port of Quebec and the Windsor-Detroit border crossing – to ensure Canadian goods can get to new markets.
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David Doel

David Doel – Green Party of Canada  website   mail
We want to establish a Canadian Sustainable Generations Fund to invest in skills-training, education, energy efficiency, renewables, and emerging technologies. We would create additional sustainable jobs by re-introducing and expanding the home renovation tax credit, to create incentives for individuals and companies to make their homes and businesses more efficient and accessible by installing high-efficiency insulation, solar heating and electricity, energy-efficient appliances, and accessibility upgrades.
Innovation and enterprise, however, should definitely be left in the best of possible hands, the Canadian entrepreneur. We want to create a sustainable playing field for the innovators to succeed within, and by keeping the small business tax rate low at 9% and investing $1 billion annually into green technology commercial grants, it’ll aid in creating an environment for successful ideas.
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John Oliver – Liberal Party of Canada  website   mail
Canada’s economic success relies on strong trade relationships with our closest neighbours: the United States and Mexico. The Liberal Party will renew and repair our relationships with our North American partners. As a first step, we will immediately lift the Mexican visa requirement that unfairly restricts travel to Canada, and commit to rescheduling and hosting a new trilateral leaders’ summit with the United States and Mexico.
We will work with the United States and Mexico to develop a continent-wide clean energy and environment agreement.
Because Canada relies on international trade to create jobs and grow our economy, we will work to reduce the barriers that limit trade. With a re-focused Building Canada Fund, we will promote a steadier flow of goods and business travellers by modernizing border infrastructure and streamlining cargo inspections.
The Liberal Party platform also includes plans for getting Canadian goods to market. We will expand export opportunities that benefit Canada.
Trade is vital for our economy. It opens markets, grows Canadian businesses, and creates good-paying middle class jobs – jobs that pay wages that are 50 percent higher than industries that are not export intensive. That is good news for the middle class and the communities they call home.
Properly negotiated and implemented, free trade agreements are good for the Canadian economy. We will carefully consider all trade opportunities currently open to Canada, and explore deeper trade relationships with emerging and established markets, including China and India. We will develop a new export promotion strategy that will help businesses take advantage of new trade agreements.
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Terence Young

Terence Young – Conservative Party of Canada
Expanding trade and investment for Canadian companies is a priority for Conservatives. Expanded trade means more jobs for more Canadians.
Over the last 10 years, the Conservative government has successfully negotiated free trade agreements with 39 countries, including the European Union and South Korea, to significantly increase Canada’s trade network and provide more export opportunities for Canadian businesses. Not since the Conservative government of Prime Minister Mulroney, which successfully negotiated the free trade agreement with the United States, has a government done as much to expand trade as the current Conservative government of Prime Minister Harper.
Currently, the Conservative government continues to pursue free trade agreements, such as the on-going Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Negotiations. Conservatives are committed to deepening our trade ties in the dynamic and fast-growing Asia-Pacific region, while strengthening our traditional partnerships in the Americas. The TPP is a part of the Conservative’s ambitious pro-trade, pro-export plan to create jobs and opportunities for Canadians.
In addition, the most recent federal budget has made a number of investments and tax changes to encourage greater trade and investment. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, an association that represents manufacturing companies, praised the Conservative government’s budget and said that,

“This year’s budget backs up the importance of both manufacturing and exporting with a number of important tax and investment measures that will have a very positive impact.”

Conservatives are committed to making significant investments in Halton Region to spur innovation. A re-elected Conservative government will establish a new Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Burlington to encourage the development of cutting-edge products and technologies. The new centre will become a catalyst for high-quality, value-added investment and jobs in the manufacturing sector. A re-elected Conservative government will also establish an Investment and Trade Promotion Office with a mandate to coordinate federal programs and policies to attract new manufacturing product mandates and investments to Canada, and help Canadian firms increase market share globally.
Finally, Conservatives are committed to continuing to invest in “trade infrastructure” – such as the Port of Quebec and the Windsor-Detroit border crossing – to ensure Canadian goods can get to new markets.
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Janice Best

Janice Best – New Democratic Party  website   mail
An NDP government lead by Tom Mulcair will do a better job of showcasing local economic strength and we will show leadership in trade missions. We will highlight the strengths and potential of our communities. The NDP regards international trade as a cornerstone of Canada’s future economic growth and prosperity. With over 60% of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product being trade-related, diversifying and deepening our trade relationships is a priority for the NDP. New Democrats believe that the Government of Canada should aspire to transparency and accountability in trade negotiations. Regrettably, the Conservative government has failed to engage in meaningful consultations with many key actors in Canadian society and left Parliament completely in the dark throughout agreements such as the CETA and the TPP negotiations. Canadians have a right to know how trade policies are being negotiated, and Parliamentarians have a duty to defend the public’s interests.
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David Clement – Libertarian Party of Canada  website   mail
The Libertarian platform is by far the strongest platform when it comes to the economy and job creation. The first step in spurring innovation is lowering personal income taxes, corporate taxes, and small business taxes. All three of those are a priority for the Libertarian Party. By continuing to do so, Canada as a whole, and Halton specifically, can continue to be a hot spot for investment and economic development. In today’s global economy, tax rates are a leading factor in a region, or country’s, competitiveness, which is why we want to lower taxes across the board to continue to make Canada more attractive. Being globally orientated is a requirement in today’s economic environment. The Libertarian Party is the only party that will end all tariffs on foreign goods. The reasoning behind this is that it will open up Canadian consumers, and Canadian manufacturers, to the world economy. The estimated cost (via higher prices), as a result of tariffs is approximately $7 billion/year. Eliminating tariffs ensures that our economy is open to the world, and encourages the world to open its doors to us. Not only will the Libertarian Party eliminate foreign tariffs, but we will also eliminate all forms of corporate welfare to level the economic playing field. We do not think that Canadians should be taxed, only to have their money be given to large corporations. Furthermore, eliminating corporate welfare means that government is no longer picking winners and losers in the marketplace, which empowers consumers (citizens), and creates a truly competitive market.
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Pam Damoff – Liberal Party of Canada  website   mail
The Liberal Party of Canada is going to take the bold steps needed to build ambitiously and grow Canada’s economy. In light of today’s low interest rates and low debt-to-GDP ratio, Canada’s aging infrastructure, and the need for an immediate boost in economic growth, now is the time to invest in Canada’s future by spending to restore and expand our infrastructure. That’s why we have promised to double federal infrastructure investment by adding an additional $60 billion in new investment over the next ten years, starting with an immediate doubling of federal infrastructure investment from $5 billion to $10 billion in each of the next two years. This new funding will be focused on three areas critical to getting Canadians moving, ensuring we can care for the most vulnerable among us, and ensuring the health of the earth for generations to come – public transit infrastructure, social infrastructure, and green infrastructure. We will help communities like Halton build the transit they need to get people home from work in time for dinner, the community centres, daycare facilities, and seniors’ residences they need, and protect themselves from events like last year’s ice storms and floods. These investments will spur economic growth, create new jobs, and grow Canada’s economy.
Economic growth also comes from our companies and investors engaging in projects outside Canada’s borders. That is why we will work to strengthen our ties with burgeoning global markets in Asia and Africa, improve border infrastructure, streamline cargo movement, reschedule and host a new trilateral summit with the United State and Mexico to restore cooperation with two of our largest trading partners, creating a Cabinet committee to oversee our relationships with the United States, and giving our diplomats the mandate and resources they need to do their jobs well.
To ensure Canadian businesses have the skilled workers they need to innovate and succeed in the 21st century marketplace, we will invest $1.3 billion over three years (13 times more than the NDP has promised) to create jobs and opportunity for young Canadians, including more apprenticeships and more science & engineering co-op placements. At the same time, we will increase investment in skills training by $750 million per year, restoring the short-sighted cuts made by the Harper government.
Our commitment to the environment and investment in clean technology will encourage the types of business that are already calling Halton home, like Siemens, Algonquin Power and others.
It is through these critical investments that the Liberal Party of Canada will support the creation of new jobs and the growth of our economy.
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Adnan Shahbaz

Adnan Shahbaz – Green Party of Canada 
Small businesses and the Canadians who own them are the central driver of our economy. They create more jobs than any other part of our economy. And those incomes and profits remain in the community, providing stable employment. As an added bonus, their flexible nature allows them to respond to environmental and market demands well before large corporations take action.
Putting Canadian small businesses first means reducing red tape for small business owners and enacting “Think Small First” legislation to ensure that new federal laws and regulations enhance, rather than hinder, an economic environment where local businesses and entrepreneurs can thrive.
We will create federally-funded $1 billion per year Green Technology Commercialization Grants to accelerate emerging technologies and give Canadian entrepreneurs a head start. By facilitating increased access to earlystage financing, the Green Technology Commercialization Grant will help our entrepreneurs compete internationally. It will help good ideas and emerging technology get to market, growing our sustainable economy and creating good local jobs and opportunities in our communities. We would also lower the small business tax rate 2%.
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Effie Triantafilopoulos

Effie Triantafilopoulos – Conservative Party of Canada
Expanding trade and investment for Canadian companies is a priority for Conservatives. Expanded trade means more jobs for more Canadians.
Over the last 10 years, the Conservative government has successfully negotiated free trade agreements with 39 countries, including the European Union and South Korea, to significantly increase Canada’s trade network and provide more export opportunities for Canadian businesses. Not since the Conservative government of Prime Minister Mulroney, which successfully negotiated the free trade agreement with the United States, has a government done as much to expand trade as the current Conservative government of Prime Minister Harper.
Currently, the Conservative government continues to pursue free trade agreements, such as the on-going Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Negotiations. Conservatives are committed to deepening our trade ties in the dynamic and fast-growing Asia-Pacific region, while strengthening our traditional partnerships in the Americas. The TPP is a part of the Conservative’s ambitious pro-trade, pro-export plan to create jobs and opportunities for Canadians.
In addition, the most recent federal budget has made a number of investments and tax changes to encourage greater trade and investment. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, an association that represents manufacturing companies, praised the Conservative government’s budget and said that,

“This year’s budget backs up the importance of both manufacturing and exporting with a number of important tax and investment measures that will have a very positive impact.”

Conservatives are committed to making significant investments in Halton Region to spur innovation. A re-elected Conservative government will establish a new Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Burlington to encourage the development of cutting-edge products and technologies. The new centre will become a catalyst for high-quality, value-added investment and jobs in the manufacturing sector. A re-elected Conservative government will also establish an Investment and Trade Promotion Office with a mandate to coordinate federal programs and policies to attract new manufacturing product mandates and investments to Canada, and help Canadian firms increase market share globally.
Finally, Conservatives are committed to continuing to invest in “trade infrastructure” – such as the Port of Quebec and the Windsor-Detroit border crossing – to ensure Canadian goods can get to new markets.
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Harvey Edward Anstey

Harvey Edward Anstey, Wellington - Halton Hills - Canadian Action Party (CAP)  harvey.anstey@actionparty.ca
We must renegotiate our trade deals that are handicapping our industry. Our industries are at a major disadvantage as they have to follow labour and environment laws and a lot of the countries we “FREE TRADE” with have little or no laws in place, costing our industries billions. By reinvesting the savings from the Bank of Canada in training and infrastructure we can make our workforce more adaptable and efficient. We must also have an open dialog with industry to assess their needs so we can move forward together building a better Canada. After all replacing a good paying manufacturing job with a low end service job is a sure way to lose your tax base. We would also invest in education and research.
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Brent Allan Bouteiller

Brent Allan Bouteiller – Green Party of Canada  website   mail
Sustainable Economy – The Green Party of Canada would


    • Establish a Canadian Sustainable Generations Fund that invests in skills-training, education, energy efficiency, renewables, and emerging technology, thereby creating Canadian jobs and supporting small businesses;
    • Commit $6.4 billion per year, one point of the GST, to municipal infrastructure - providing stable, long-term funding to Canadian municipalities, creating good local jobs, and building vibrant, safe, and liveable Canadian towns and cities;
    • Develop innovation centres across the Country to bring businesses, governments and universities together to develop new technologies, products and services. A steady stream of innovation will create a steady stream of new high paying, high quality jobs.
    • We will create additional sustainable jobs by re-introducing and expanding the home renovation tax credit, to create incentives for individuals and companies to make their homes and businesses more efficient and accessible by installing high-efficiency insulation, solar heating and electricity, energy efficient appliances and accessibility upgrades.
    • Partner with First Nations for sustainable resource development that is in the long-term public interest.


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Michael Chong

Michael Chong – Conservative Party of Canada
Expanding trade and investment for Canadian companies is a priority for Conservatives. Expanded trade means more jobs for more Canadians.
Over the last 10 years, the Conservative government has successfully negotiated free trade agreements with 39 countries, including the European Union and South Korea, to significantly increase Canada’s trade network and provide more export opportunities for Canadian businesses. Not since the Conservative government of Prime Minister Mulroney, which successfully negotiated the free trade agreement with the United States, has a government done as much to expand trade as the current Conservative government of Prime Minister Harper.
Currently, the Conservative government continues to pursue free trade agreements, such as the on-going Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Negotiations. Conservatives are committed to deepening our trade ties in the dynamic and fast-growing Asia-Pacific region, while strengthening our traditional partnerships in the Americas. The TPP is a part of the Conservative’s ambitious pro-trade, pro-export plan to create jobs and opportunities for Canadians.
In addition, the most recent federal budget has made a number of investments and tax changes to encourage greater trade and investment. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, an association that represents manufacturing companies, praised the Conservative government’s budget and said that,

“This year’s budget backs up the importance of both manufacturing and exporting with a number of important tax and investment measures that will have a very positive impact.”

Conservatives are committed to making significant investments in Halton Region to spur innovation. A re-elected Conservative government will establish a new Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Burlington to encourage the development of cutting-edge products and technologies. The new centre will become a catalyst for high-quality, value-added investment and jobs in the manufacturing sector. A re-elected Conservative government will also establish an Investment and Trade Promotion Office with a mandate to coordinate federal programs and policies to attract new manufacturing product mandates and investments to Canada, and help Canadian firms increase market share globally.
Finally, Conservatives are committed to continuing to invest in “trade infrastructure” – such as the Port of Quebec and the Windsor-Detroit border crossing – to ensure Canadian goods can get to new markets.
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Don Trant – Liberal Party of Canada 
The Liberal Party agrees. More must be done to create jobs and grow the economy.
Under the Harper / Chong government middle class Canadians have had to work longer and harder just to make ends meet. There are 193,500 fewer jobs for youth today than before the recession, leaving too many young people out of the job market. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) estimates that Canadian cities have an infrastructure deficit of $171 billion which is growing.
A Liberal government will make the tax system fairer, strengthen the middle class, create jobs and make historic investment in infrastructure to grow Canada’s economy.
A Liberal government will:

  • Strengthen the middle class
    • Introduce the Canada Child Benefit, which provides more help to low- and middle-income families than the Harper plan, and less for the wealthiest 1% of families. A typical family earning $90,000 per year, will receive $2,500 more tax-free each year, injecting increased consumer demand into the economy.
    • Provide a middle class tax cut, which reduces the personal income tax rate on incomes between $44,701 and $89,401 per year to 20.5 percent from 22 percent. We will give a tax break to over eight million middle class Canadians by asking the top one percent to give a little more.
    • Enhance economic security by expanding access to caregiver benefits, providing more flexible parental leave and fulfilling our obligation to support our veterans.
    • Create 40,000 good youth jobs – including 5,000 youth green jobs – each year for the next three years, by investing $300 million more in the renewed Youth Employment Strategy and $25 million per year in a restored Youth Service Program, to give young Canadians valuable work and life experience, and provide communities with help for much-needed projects.
    • Reduce EI Premiums for business from $2.63 to $2.31.
    • Reduction the small business tax rate to 9%.
  • Make historic investments in infrastructure
    • Almost double federal infrastructure investment to nearly $125 billion - from $65 billion - over ten years, the largest investment in infrastructure in Canadian history and provide provinces, territories and municipalities with an unprecedented level of long-term predictability in funding for:
      • Social Infrastructure:
        • Investment in affordable housing and seniors facilities, early learning and child care, and cultural and recreational infrastructure, more housing units and operational funding support for municipalities.
        • Fund the creation of thousands of new child care spaces, enhance their quality and ensure their affordability.
      • Green Infrastructure:
        • Local water and waste water facilities, climate resilient infrastructure, clean energy, and clean-up of contaminated sites to facilitate new construction as well as preparation for changing weather patterns, with improved storm water systems, additional dams and dikes and reinforcement of energy systems in the face of possible ice storms.
      • Public Transit Infrastructure:
        • Reform of the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF) and establishment of the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and Green Bonds for flexible investments in roads, bridges, transportation corridors, ports, and border gateways and green infrastructure projects such as building retrofits, clean power storage, smart grids and renewable energy projects.

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