As a non-partisan organization, OSPE considers it a civic duty for all Canadians to vote based on a clear understanding and knowledge of the platforms of each political party. In the upcoming weeks, OSPE will extract information from each official party platform on issues impacting the engineering community.
This week OSPE is showcasing the NDP’s 2021 electoral platform. Don’t forget to make sure you are registered to vote on Monday, September 20, 2021 by visiting https://ereg.elections.ca/CWelcome.aspx.
- Introduce smart grid technology, to bolster Canada’s energy security and distribute clean power across the country.
- Set a target of net carbon-free electricity by 2030, and move to 100% non-emitting electricity by 2040.
- Set a target of reducing our emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030. To help us reach that goal the NDP would eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, put in place carbon budgets and change the mandate of the Bank of Canada to focus on contributing to net zero.
- Improve the National Building Code to ensure that by 2025 every new building built in Canada is net-zero.
- Retrofit all buildings in Canada by 2050
- Enshrine in law an Environmental Bill of Rights and protect 30% of our land, freshwater and oceans by 2030
- Create and fund a Climate Accountability Office, to provide independent oversight of federal climate progress.
- Establish a new Canadian Climate Bank that will help boost investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and low carbon technology across the country.
- Immediately ban single-use plastics.
- Hold companies responsible for the entire lifecycle of their plastic products and packaging, help municipalities improve their waste management and recycling systems, and support improved standards for what products can be labelled as recyclable.
- Ban the export of plastic waste and help reduce electronic waste by removing unnecessary restrictions preventing people from repairing their devices.
- Force big oil companies to pay to clean up inactive wells.
- Create an Office of Environmental Justice to address the disproportionate impacts of pollution and loss of biodiversity on low-income, racialized and other marginalized communities.
- Support transit by permanently doubling the Canada Community-Building Fund and the NDP will develop a public inter-city bus program
- Require the use of Canadian-made steel, aluminum, cement and wood products for infrastructure projects
- Make sure that every Canadian has access to affordable, reliable high-speed broadband within four years
- Electrify transit and other municipal fleets by 2030.
- Support creating high-frequency rail along the Quebec-Windsor corridor, expand rail service options in other regions, and work to restore the Ontario Northlander to support the crucial transportation link for communities and businesses alike in Northern Ontario.
- Make it easier to get and use a zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV). As Canada moves towards 100% of all new car sales being zero-emissions by 2035, the NDP will make sure that more of these vehicles are built here in Canada.
- Waive the federal sales tax on ZEV purchases, and grow these incentives up to $15,000 per family for made-in-Canada vehicles.
- Create a centre of excellence for research and development of ZEVs to move forward related technologies such as hydrogen, batteries, and energy storage solutions.
- Support Indigenous food sovereignty, working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to expand access to healthy food
- Fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.
- Establish a National Council for Reconciliation to provide oversight and accountability for this process, reporting regularly to Parliament and Canadians.
- Replace mere consultation with a standard of free, prior and informed consent for Indigenous communities affected by government policies – including for all decisions affecting constitutionally protected land rights, like energy project reviews.
- Respect Inuit self-determination by co-developing the federal government’s Arctic Policy Framework through shared governance within the InuitCrown Partnership Committee
- Fully implement Jordan’s Principle, working with the provinces and territories to end the delays and ensure equitable access to health services and educational supports for Indigenous children from coast to coast to coast.
- Work with the provinces to establish Indigenous history education programs for all Canadians, based on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action 62 and 63.
- Create a Northern Infrastructure Fund to fast-track investment and focus on improving much-needed infrastructure like roads and broadband internet for communities in the north.
- Create at least 500,000 units of quality, affordable housing in the next ten years
- In order to kick-start the construction of coops, social and non-profit housing and break the logjam that has prevented these groups from accessing housing funding, the NDP will set up dedicated fast-start funds to streamline the application process.
- Spur the construction of affordable homes by waiving the federal portion of the GST/HST on the construction of new affordable rental units.
- Re-introduce 30-year terms to CMHC insured mortgages on entry-level homes for first time home buyers.
- Double the Home Buyer’s Tax Credit to $1,500.
- Put in place a 20% Foreign Buyer’s tax on the sale of homes to individuals who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- Introduce a temporary COVID-19 excess profit tax that puts an additional 15% tax on large corporate windfall profits during the pandemic.
- For the highest income individuals in Canada (those making over $210,000), the NDP will increase the top marginal tax rate by two points to 35 percent.
- Increase the capital gains inclusion rate to 75 percent.
- Boost the top marginal tax rate two points, put in place a luxury goods tax on things like yachts and private jets, and ask the very richest multi-millionaires to pay a bit more towards our shared services with a wealth tax.
- Roll back the Conservatives’ corporate income tax cuts by three percentage points to 2010 levels.
- Take measures to close loopholes that include eliminating bearer shares, compelling companies to prove the economic reason for their offshore transactions, and improving transparency on the taxes paid by large corporations.
Jobs and Skills Training
- Make sure that small businesses wage and rent subsidies continue until small businesses are able to fully reopen.
- Create a new Workers Development and Opportunities Fund to expand training options beyond people who qualify for Employment Insurance (EI).
- Put in place a living federal minimum wage starting at $15 an hour and rising to $20 an hour, indexed to the cost of living.
- Ban unpaid internships outside of education programs.
- Create a national pharmacare program that provides universal, public, comprehensive coverage to everyone in Canada.
- Tackle wait times and improve access to primary care across the country
- Establish a crown corporation charged with domestic vaccine production so that Canadians are never again at the back of the line.
- Develop a roadmap to incorporate universal dental care into Canada’s public health care system.
- Ensure Canadians living with a disability have a guaranteed livable income.
- Bring in mental health care for uninsured Canadians.
- End the criminalization and stigma of drug addiction.
- Support overdose prevention sites and expand access to treatment on demand.
Research and Innovation
- Convene an auto summit with provincial, municipal, industry and labour leaders to develop a consensus on a National Automotive Strategy to attract and retain jobs and investment.
Diversity and Inclusion
- Tackle femicide and the NDP will deliver a National Action Plan to end gender-based violence.
- Prioritize pay equity
- Address violence against Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQI2S+ people by working with Indigenous peoples to implement all the Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry.
- Tackle obstacles to women’s political participation by reforming the electoral system and introducing legislation to encourage political parties to run more women candidates.
- Immediately legislate a ban on conversion therapy in Canada.
- Establish a clear and permanent path for resettlement of LGBTQI2S+ refugees in Canada.
- Take on white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups with a national action plan to dismantle far-right extremist organizations.
- Prioritize the collection of race-based data on health, employment, policing and more with the goal of improving outcomes for racialized communities.