The Canadian federal elections have been setting the country abuzz these past few months, and it is culminating on Monday, October 21. The official voting day is your chance to voice your opinion on the future of Canada. NDP Platform promises have gained much more attention this election year because of the popularity that Jagmeet Singh, the NDP leader, had gained on social media thanks to his relatability as a millennial himself. Here is a break down on what the NDP campaign is promising Canadians if they get elected to power.
While the official federal debate between the various leaders and their parties promises to Canada was laid out in the open a short while ago, it can be really confusing to decide on who to vote when there are so many election campaigns and political leaders in the running.
All in all, it’s been a very long election season with some exhausting and embarrassing scandals (Trudeau’s blackface scandal made us hide our own faces in shame) and we want to break down political parties and their promises to you so you can make your own decision about who to vote for. You can see the full NDP platform on their website.
Jagmeet's party platform is almost as popular as his Punjabi poutine recipe. Here are six NDP platform promises that will directly affect your life according to Jagmeet Singh:
Work On Climate Change
The NDP wants to cut Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions to 450 megatonnes by 2030. They are also promising to spend $15 billion retrofitting buildings and investing in renewable energy and clean technology.
Improve the Current Education System
The NDP’s goal is to work towards free university and college tuition. To achieve this, they plan on working with provinces to put a cap on tuitions. The party says it will also eliminate federal interest rates on student loans.
Make Transportation More Efficient
The party wants to electrify transit fleets by 2030 and work with municipalities to eventually make rides fare-free. They also plan to waive the federal tax on zero-emission vehicles and working toward getting zero-emission by 2040.
Increase Jobs And Salary
New Democrats want to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. They support minimum payments of $1,200 a month, lowering the hours to qualify, longer benefit periods for seasonal workers and extending sick benefits from 15 to 50 weeks.
Build More Housing
New Democrats want to build 500,000 affordable housing units over 10 years, before which they are proposing rental subsidy. They also want to scrap the federal GST/HST for those constructing new affordable units and give rent money to families in need.
Improve Acess To Healthcare
New Democrats want to expand the current model to include mental health, dental, eye and hearing coverage. They propose a “pharmacare for all” plan, covering Health Canada-approved drugs, promising $10 billion to start implementing it next year.