Canada Vol.16 (Manifesto 2015 of New Democratic Party of Canada)

Here is NDP’s manifesto in October 2015. Excerpts are on our own.

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p.iv-v: Kick-start the economy and build needed infrastructure, starting with:
~ Cutting taxes for Canada’s job creators by reducing the small business tax from 11 to 9%.
~ Supporting innovation and investment in companies creating jobs in Canada, with an early focus on the aerospace, automotive, forestry and mining sectors.
~ Creating jobs and building our economy with $1.5 billion per year in new infrastructure funding to municipalities to fix roads, bridges and water treatment systems.
~ Investing $1.3 billion per year in a national strategy to improve transit and reduce gridlock.
~ Boosting investment in tourism.
~ Supporting regional economic development.
~ Helping retrofit over 50,000 homes and apartment buildings.
~ Investing in flood mitigation and disaster preparedness.

p.21: Building Needed Infrastructure
After decades of Liberal and Conservative downloading and neglect, Canada needs a Prime Minister who understands the benefits of long-term and sustainable investment in our municipalities.
Stephen Harper’s lost decade has left communities with inadequate funding and complicated red tape that delays construction. The NDP’s plan will provide municipal partners with significant, stable, predictable federal funding to support their infrastructure and public transit needs over the next 20 years and close Canada’s infrastructure deficit.
Tom Mulcair knows that quality infrastructure supports businesses, improves productivity and keeps our cities moving, and that by boosting transit there will be thousands of fewer vehicles on the road.

The NDP’s long-term infrastructure plan will:
~ Invest in transit to reduce gridlock and give commuters the reliable options they need.
Our Better Transit Plan will reduce gridlock and commute times across Canada by investing in a 20 year plan to support municipal needs. Funding will reach $1.3 billion annually by the end of the NDP’s first mandate.
~ Increase direct transfers to municipalities to build and repair roads, bridges, water infrastructure and transit.
With an additional $1.5 billion annually by the end of the NDP’s first mandate, municipalities and communities will be able to make needed investments in their infrastructure priorities to keep our communities moving.
~ Invest in national infrastructure priorities to grow the economy.
Our plan will invest in strategic infrastructure priorities like northern roads, bridges and ports to build strong regional economies. We will improve rail safety and infrastructure, and keep the toll off the Champlain Bridge to help commuters while facilitating trade. The NDP will continue support for federal infrastructure commitments under the New Building Canada Fund. We will expand eligibility to ensure that important recreation, cultural, tourist and ferry infrastructure projects are supported.

The NDP will work with, not against, provinces, territories, Indigenous governments and municipalities to make smart investments while rigorously respecting their jurisdiction. Our plan will simplify application processes by removing mandatory P3 requirements in order to speed up construction and reduce federal interference in local priorities.
By year four, the NDP’s plan will create 54,000 construction, manufacturing and transit operations jobs across the country and add $4.5 billion to Canada’s GDP.
Unlike Justin Trudeau’s reckless promise of years of deficits and future cuts, the NDP’s commitment increases investment sustainably each year to grow the economy while balancing the budget.

p.22-23: Transitioning to a Cleaner Future, a Greener Economy
Canada can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines when it comes to tackling catastrophic climate change and transitioning to a cleaner, greener economy.
After almost a decade of Conservative government, Canada’s international reputation has suffered as a result of the failure to diversify Canada’s economy and to transition to clean energy and technologies.
The vast majority of Canadians have clearly called for the federal government to take a leading role in the fight against climate change and in transitioning Canada to a cleaner economy, but Stephen Harper has refused.
The NDP understands that developing Canada’s clean energy sector will stimulate the economy, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gases.

In addition to the NDP’s Better Transit Plan and investing in local infrastructure such as community energy systems, the NDP will make strategic investments totaling $1.5 billion over four years to tackle climate change and adapt our communities, including:
~ Improving energy security, affordability and reducing pollution by investing $100 million in renewable energy development in northern and remote communities.
~ Supporting local sustainable development leaders by investing $150 million in our communities through the Green Municipal Fund.
~ Providing support for improved passenger rail infrastructure and restoring funds cut from regional rail services across Canada.
~ Reducing water pollution by investing $200 million in wastewater infrastructure in small communities.
~ Preventing damage from natural disasters by investing $400 million in flood mitigation measures and seismic upgrades for schools.
The NDP will also strengthen disaster relief financial assistance arrangements with provinces, and invest $9 million annually to develop emergency plans and provide equipment and training for first responders.
~ Making the federal government a leader in electric transportation and energy efficiency.
The NDP will create federal targets for the electrification of federal fleets and strengthen Canada’s green procurement policy to reduce long-term fuel and maintenance costs, including the installation of 150 electric vehicle charging stations on federal properties across Canada.

In addition, recognizing the leadership taken by provinces and efforts already underway, the NDP will work with provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous governments to:
~ Introduce Green Bonds so that Canadians can invest in a cleaner economy.
Green Bonds will provide low-risk financing of up to $4.5 billion for clean energy development, climate resilient infrastructure, commercial and industrial energy retrofits, and other sustainable development projects. Green Bonds will be independently invested and managed, while providing Canadians with a government-backed, reasonable rate of return.

Tom Mulcair knows that the right choice – the only responsible choice – is for Canada to commit to an approach based on sustainable development.
Not only is it the right thing to do, but it will also help ensure our long-term prosperity as a nation in a competitive global economy.
We must start working with the world and stop working against the planet.

p.49-50: Undoing Stephen Harper’s Environmental Damage
Under Stephen Harper, Canada’s climate record has lacked leadership and been criticized by the United Nations for falling behind many other countries.
For decades, Conservatives and Liberals have promised and failed to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions and even joined together to defeat Jack Layton’s Climate Change Accountability Act.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making polluters pay for the pollution they produce are part of the NDP’s plan to grow the economy while protecting the environment.
NDP climate change initiatives will be undertaken in collaboration with provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous governments. Federal carbon pricing revenues will be returned to the provinces so that they can be reinvested in greenhouse gas reduction efforts.

The NDP will:
~ Work with provinces and territories to develop a pan-Canadian cap-and-trade system that sets concrete emissions limits for Canada’s major polluters.
The NDP initiative will recognize efforts already underway in provinces like British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, and will allow jurisdictions to opt out if their own carbon pricing plans meet or exceed federal standards.
~ Reintroduce Jack Layton’s Climate Change Accountability Act to make certain that Canada meets its long-term target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Tom Mulcair’s record as Quebec’s Environment Minister means Canadians and the international community will be able to count on Canada’s NDP government to make polluters pay and do our part on climate change.

The NDP will also protect our natural environment for future generations and reverse Stephen Harper’s damaging changes to environmental protection laws by:
~ Affirming government’s strong role in environmental protection and assessment.
~ Ensuring and supporting public participation in decision-making.
~ Incorporating consideration of cumulative effects, regional assessments and greenhouse gas impacts for all major projects.

p.51: Parks and Water
We will protect our natural environment for future generations and reverse Stephen Harper’s damaging changes to environmental protection laws. The NDP will:
~ Move quickly to complete all proposed national parks and national wildlife areas, starting with Qausuittuq (NU). Others we will move on are Thaidene Nene (NWT), Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve (NL) and Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area (NWT), and expanding the Rouge National Urban Park (ON).
~ Recommit Parks Canada to prioritizing their legal obligation to maintain or restore ecological integrity as the first priority for park management.
~ Update Parks Canada’s national park system plan to focus on expanding parks where needed to protect their ecological integrity, creating new parks to improve representation of natural regions, and improving ecological connectivity between national parks and other protected areas.
~ Review Environment Canada’s protected areas system, and develop a clear vision and plan for protecting more nationally significant wildlife habitat.
~ Review and update the National Conservation Plan to articulate a clear path towards achieving our Aichi 2020 targets, working with the provinces and territories, Indigenous communities and other stakeholders.

As a country, we need to do more to protect and preserve our oceans. The NDP will meet Canada’s 2020 target of 10% of our oceans protected. Canada has only protected 1.1% so far. We will set a 2017 target to formally dedicate those under existing consideration.
Formally protect the following areas under consideration:
~ Quebec: Îles-de-la-Madeleine, St. Lawrence Estuary, American Bank of the Gaspé Peninsula
~ Nova Scotia: St. Ann’s Bank
~ New Brunswick: Shediac Valley
~ British Columbia: Race Rocks, Hecate Strait/Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs, Scott Islands Marine National Wildlife Area, Southern Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area
~ Newfoundland and Labrador: Laurentian Channel
~ Northwest Territories: Anguniaqvia Niqiqyuam (Darnley Bay)
~ Nunavut: Tallurutiup Tariunga (Lancaster Sound) National Marine Conservation Area

p.59- : Fiscal Appendix: A Balanced Plan for Investment and Growth

cf Policy Book (PDF)