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Women & Social Justice
2004: Womens Equality and Party Platforms
Canadian Labour Congress releases Gender-Equality
Analysis of main party platforms - June 24, 2004
Based Analysis of Policy Platforms
Analysis of Federal Party Policy Platforms
for Women's Equality (CWE) Analysis of Party Platforms
Platform Will put Government in Deficit - CCPA Report
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Release dd June 11,
Can the three
major national parties pay for what they say? That's the question
posed by a new study released today by CCPA. Can they
pay for what they say? A pre-election comparison of the Conservative,
Liberal, and New Democratic platforms, by economists
Ellen Russell and Sheila Block, assesses the ability of the
parties to balance their budgets and deliver on their promises.
Labour Congress (CLC)'s Analysis of Party Platforms
Comparing the Platforms - Which party is the Better Choice for
working Canadians? For
working families, the important issues for this election are
clear. We want good jobs in a stronger economy and a health
care system that is there when we need it. We want education
and training opportunities that give working people and their
children the skills to succeed. And we want secure pensions
for every Canadian.
income tax proposals disproportionately benefit men, upper-income
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Report Media Release
dd June 22, 2004 -- Families with incomes over $150,000 are
the big winners in the Conservative Party's proposed income
tax package, according to Who benefits? A gender and distributional
impact analysis of election income tax promises. Furthermore,
low-income and even middle-income Canadian families benefit
very little from the Conservative income tax promises. The
study, released today by the Canadian
Centre for Policy Alternatives, also found that men received
the lion's share--73%--of the value of the tax reductions under
the Conservative's proposal.
of party platforms in relation to urban issues - Federation
of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
PARTY OF CANADA
the Liberals stand
a 10-year plan with a sustained boost in health transfers
to the provinces.
new accountability measures from provinces, like published
lists of waiting times for procedures.
public funding for medically necessary care but have no policy
against private-sector involvement in providing services.
budget surplus to pay down national debt with goal of reducing
it to 25 per cent of GDP.
off government shares in Petro-Canada and invest proceeds
in an eco-friendly technology fund.
slice of federal gas tax or other revenue stream to municipalities
for infrastructure improvements.
a national housing plan.
aboriginals systems of education and accountable government,
ensure clean drinking water on native reserves.
an international niche for Canada as a builder of democratic
transfers from $1-billion Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund
to five-year period instead of the anticipated 10 years.
- in failed
billion cleanup of polluted federal sites, with 60 per cent
of the fund to be spent in the North.
a national child-care system.
support for same-sex marriage but have avoided moving forward
with legislation before election.
- $7 billion
in capital projects promised, including $2.1 billion for joint
support ships, $700 million for mobile-gun system, $1.3 billion
for search-and-rescue aircraft, $3 billion for maritime helicopters.
an integrated foreign policy where military interventions
are tied to aid projects, trade initiatives and diplomatic
5,000 new members to the regular forces and 3,000 more to
the reserves, which currently have 15,500 part-time members
NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF CANADA
the NDP stands
FROM CANADIAN PRESS
- Committed to balanced budgets and slow debt-reduction.
- Targeted tax cuts for low- and middle-income earners.
- Eliminate GST for essential goods.
- Transfer five cents per litre from federal gas tax, or
$2.5B, to provinces for municipal infrastructure repair.
re-establish federal funding at 25 per cent of medicare costs.
private delivery of services.
national homecare and pharmacare programs and enforce national
standards on access to care.
salaries and job benefits for armed services personnel.
to participate in proposed U.S. missile-defence program.
a national housing plan.
tuition by 10 per cent. Student loans interest free.
national transportation strategy to provide long-term funding
and incentives to promote public transit.
credit-card interest rates to five points above prime rates.
support for same-sex marriage.
rebates for clean cars.
10,000 wind turbines and retrofit buildings with new windows
and furnaces to make them more energy efficient.
the Bloc stands
- Demand federal transfers of about $8 billion each year to
the provinces to eliminate so-called fiscal imbalance.
- Call for a more generous Employment Insurance program that
would reach additional workers while scaling back existing
- Eliminate gasoline surtax.
- Call for substantial federal funding transfers to provinces
with no conditions attached.
- Abolition of GST on books.
- Want $4.5 billion spent on affordable housing over three
- Demand an additional $2.4 billion annually for international
- See peacekeeping as military priority, not combat missions.
- Forbid Canadian soldiers from participating in wars deemed
to violate international law.
- Refuse to participate in missile-defence shield with the
PARTY OF CANADA
the Green Party stands
a special five-year tax break on energy efficiency retrofits
in commercial and residential buildings.
for the adoption of profit-linked efficiency initiatives (gas/electric).
fuel taxes by ten cents (to be phased in over three years).
tax incentives to help homeowners reduce home heating and
- Reduce the long hours that Canadians are working
- for more time spent engaging in outdoor activities.
- Canadian consumers with stricter labelling requirements
on packaged foods.
- the availability of less expensive generic prescription
international trade agreements to ensure that they protect
each nations ability to regulate health care systems,
in accordance with national and regional health and environmental
taxes on income, profit and investment, to promote increased
productivity and job creation.
taxes on harmful activities such as pollution, waste and inefficiency.
taxes onto land use and away from incomes.
a balanced budget and reduce the national debt.
planned cuts to corporate capital taxes.
- Negotiate an agreement to give municipalities a fixed share
of federal tax revenues.
- Support a grassroots movement to create municipal charters.
- The Green Party supports the right of gay couples to choose
a lifelong partnership and to achieve the full and equivalent
legal status of any married couple.
the party's complete platform here.
PARTY OF CANADA
the Conservatives stand
per cent tax cut for middle-income earners, with the long-term
goal of pulling Canadian tax rates lower than the U.S.
a $2,000 tax deduction per child for families.
money from industrial subsidies to lower taxes and research
provinces three to five cents from the 10-cent-a-litre gas
tax for road repair.
business and capital-gains taxes and eliminate the capital
a legislated plan setting targets for national debt repayment.
annual surplus in Employment Insurance fund.
almost $37 billion in new funding promised under the 2003
federal-provincial Health Accord.
a new national drug plan to be negotiated with the provinces.
the Canada Health Acts guarantee of public funding for
private delivery of some medicare services.
federal gun registry and divert savings to hiring of 200 Mounties.
retroactive national sex offender registry.
'public good' defence as regards child pornography.
anyone convicted of a third violent or sexual offence as a
dangerous offender, allowing them to be jailed indefinitely.
federal prisoners of voting rights.
standards for releasing dangerous offenders on bail.
consecutive sentences for multiple violent crimes.
possibility of house arrest for violent criminals.
military funding by $1.2 billion immediately, and eventually
increase that to $2 billion.
with U.S. about joining North American missile-defence system.
the current Supreme Court reference on same-sex marriage and
let Parliament vote on the issue.
existing firearms registry and work with provinces on another
- On June
3, Stephen Harper revealed he would allow a free vote on abortion
if an MP introduced a private member's bill.
caps on smog-causing pollutants and spend $4 billion over
10 years to clean contaminated sites.
complete information on the 4 major political parties included
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2004 - Canadian Election Coverage
- David MacDonald
Updated Nov. 14, 2004
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