Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, is campaigning on a platform that is largely the same as his party proposed in 2019, with some updates to reflect the COVID-19 pandemic and the legislative context and current tax.
Here are five things to know about the People’s Party of Canada platform:
Deficit and economy
The PPC would eliminate the deficit by the end of a first term, which it promises to achieve in part by phasing out all spending programs in the event of a pandemic, reducing corporate welfare to the tune of 5 to $ 10 billion, by reducing foreign development aid by $ 5 billion, by funding the Radio-Canada to save $ 1 billion, by reducing equalization payments and the funding of programs that fall under the jurisdiction of the provinces or towns.
Once the deficit is eliminated, they would reduce personal income tax, corporate tax and personal capital gains tax.
Multiculturalism and immigration
They would eliminate all funding for multiculturalism and instead promote the integration of immigrants into Canadian society. They also want to “drastically” reduce the total number of immigrants and refugees that Canada accepts each year and accept a greater proportion of economic immigrants.
The PPC would limit the number of immigrants accepted under the family reunification program, including ending it for parents and grandparents, limiting the number of temporary foreign workers and increasing law enforcement resources to perform background checks on immigrants.
They would also ask potential immigrants to answer questions about “Canadian societal values and norms” during an in-person interview.
The party says there are “uncertainties about the scientific basis for global warming” and that there is no reason for government intervention. (There is a scientific consensus that climate change is caused by human activities, described in the reports of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.)
The PPC would withdraw from the Paris agreement and abandon “unrealistic” greenhouse gas reduction targets.
It would remove the federal carbon price and let the provinces decide whether they want carbon pricing mechanisms. T
they would also end subsidies for green technologies.
The PPC wants to repeal any laws or regulations restricting freedom of expression on the Internet, repeal legislation adding gender identity to prohibited grounds of discrimination and repeal a non-binding motion condemning Islamophobia.
They propose to restrict the definition of hate speech in the Criminal Code to the explicit promotion of the use of force against groups or individuals identifiable on the basis of protected criteria.
In addition, they would deny funding to any post-secondary educational institution that violates the freedom of expression of its students or teachers.
The party said it would approach COVID-19 policy in a rational and scientific manner, protecting the most vulnerable while rejecting “coercion and discrimination.”
They would fire Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, and replace her with someone who would work with the provinces to implement a “rational approach” instead of following the Organization’s recommendations. world health.
They would repeal vaccination warrants and vaccination passports, and support legal challenges to these measures by provincial governments in court.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 4, 2021.