Platform & Policies

Main issues

Here is the People’s Party of Canada’s Platform for the October 2019 general election. It will be gradually unveiled over the coming weeks.

For topics not yet covered in the platfom, scroll down to review the policies proposed by the PPC leader Maxime Bernier when he was running for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 2016-17. The PPC’s platform will be mostly based on the same policies.

Public Finance: Balancing the Budget in Two Years and Cutting Taxes

Issue After breaking their promise to eliminate the deficit and adding $70 billion to the debt, the Liberals now plan to add another $94 billion to it in the next four years. They have abandoned all pretense of eliminating the deficit. The Conservatives, NPD and Greens also plan to have deficits for at least the next five years. None of the other parties believes in fiscal prudence anymore. In order to buy votes, they all made spending promises totalling tens of billions of dollars and proposed targeted tax measures that will only complicate Canada’s tax system and make it less...

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Economy: Encouraging Investment and Productivity Growth

Issue There are only two ways to create more wealth and prosperity: we can either work more or work more efficiently through increased productivity. Investments in R&D, innovation, more efficient production processes, machinery and equipment are critical to improvements in productivity and living standards. Improved productivity leads to better, higher-paying jobs. And in a context where there are manpower shortages in many sectors, investment is a way to increase production without necessarily having to employ more workers. Unfortunately, Canada’s business climate is less and less welcoming to investors. Since 2015, business investment has gone down not only in the oil...

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Aboriginal Issues: A New Relationship Based on Mutual Respect

Issue The aboriginal population of Canada is extremely diversified. It accounts for about 5% of Canada’s population and comprises First Nations, Inuit and Metis. There are more than 600 First Nations communities dispersed across the country. More than half of First Nations Canadians don’t live on reserves. Aboriginal issues are also very complex. Some communities are prosperous, others much poorer than the Canadian average. Many suffer from acute social problems, including crime, domestic violence, substance abuse and suicide. Many don’t have the basic services that we take for granted such as access to clean water. There are other major issues...

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Veterans: Standing behind the men and women who sacrificed for our country

Issue The Canadian Armed Forces has a proud history and is one of the most capable and respected military forces in the world. Unfortunately, successive Liberal and Conservative governments have largely chosen to forget this proud history. They have starved our military forces of funds, equipment and support, and broken their trust with those who made an exceptional personal commitment to put life and limb at risk in the interests of the nation. The backbone of any military is the character of the men and women who serve. The fastest way to demoralize and undermine a country’s military is to...

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Refugees: Ending Open Borders Policies and Prioritizing Persecuted Groups

Issue  The Liberal government is deliberately attempting to erase our borders. Over the past three years, it has done nothing to stop the flow of tens of thousands of asylum seekers illegally crossing our borders. Accepting all these refugees will cost Canadian taxpayers billions of dollars. Moreover, in 2018, Canada welcomed more resettled refugees than any other Western country; more than the United States, a country with ten times our population, and as many as all of the European Union. The UN’s Global Compact for Migration, which the Liberal government signed last year, aims to normalize this kind of situation,...

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Canadian Identity: Ending Official Multiculturalism and Preserving Canadian Values and Culture

Issue A nation must be based on a sense of belonging, of participating in a common national project, and sharing the same values. It’s only when these sentiments are widely shared that we can develop the trust and common understanding necessary for our society and institutions to function. In the past, immigrants who came to Canada gradually integrated into our society. They did of course keep some aspects of the culture of their country of origin. They became Canadian, but with a distinct flavour. This is a type of multiculturalism that enriches our society. However, over the past decades, the...

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Immigration: Reducing Overall Levels and Prioritizing Skilled Immigrants

Issue The primary aim of Canada’s immigration policy should be to economically benefit Canadians and Canada as a whole. It should not be used to forcibly change the cultural character and social fabric of our country. And it should not put excessive financial burdens on the shoulders of Canadians in the pursuit of humanitarian goals. Despite Canada already accepting more immigrants that almost any other country, both the Liberals and Conservatives support an unsustainable increase in the annual immigration intake, and are using mass immigration as a political tool to buy votes among immigrant communities. Facts Right now, only 26%...

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Pipelines: Allowing our Oil and Gas Industry to Grow

Issue Under the influence of radical environmental activists and American left-wing foundations, the Trudeau government has done everything it can to stifle the growth of Canada’s oil industry by preventing it from transporting and selling its products. With Bill C-48, the Liberals imposed a ban on oil tanker traffic on the north coast of British Columbia, which brought the cancellation of the Northern Gateway and Eagle Spirit pipeline projects. After years of legal uncertainty, investors pulled out of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and sold it to the federal government for $4.5 billion. It is still uncertain when it will...

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Freedom of Expression: Protecting Canadians from Censorship and Discrimination

Issue The rights of Canadians to freely hold and express beliefs are being eroded at an alarming speed under the Trudeau government. Some of its recent decisions even require that Canadians renounce their most deeply held moral convictions and express opinions they disagree with. In 2018, the Liberal government denied summer job funding to organizations, including charities, that would not sign an attestation supporting abortion. It also passed bill C-16 as part of a trend to force Canadians to express support for the existence of various gender identities beyond the biological categories of male and female, and to use pronouns...

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Foreign Policy: Focusing on the Security and Prosperity of Canadians

Issue The exclusive priority of the government of Canada on the international scene should be to manage our relations with other countries in order to protect and further the interests of Canadians. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s happening. There is a growing trend to dilute national sovereignty, and to favour increased international policy coordination as well as the redistribution of wealth from rich to poor countries under the supervision of the United Nations. This globalist vision has been heavily promoted in Canada under Justin Trudeau, who believes that we are a “post-national state” with “no core identity.” Over the past several...

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Global Warming and Environment: Rejecting Alarmism and Focusing on Concrete Improvements

Issue The Liberal government is spending billions of dollars at home and abroad to fight global warming—or “climate change” as it is now called to account for every natural weather event and its opposite. In order to lower greenhouse gas emissions, it has imposed taxes and countless regulations, it subsidizes inefficient and costly “green technology,” and it is blocking the development of oil resources crucial to our prosperity. It is an undisputed fact that the world’s climate has always changed and will continue to change. Until twelve thousand years ago, much of Canada was under ice, and it is thanks...

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Supply Management: Making Dairy, Poultry, and Eggs More Affordable

Issue Supply management is a government-imposed cartel that keeps the prices of dairy, poultry, and eggs artificially high through the control of production, the banning of imports, price fixing, and the prevention of competition in the market. The system forces producers to buy quotas which grant permission to produce a set amount. For example, it costs between $20,000 and $40,000 to get the right to milk one cow. It keeps out imports by imposing exorbitant tariffs that range from 150% for eggs to 300% for butter. Because our market is closed to most imports, our farmers are not allowed to...

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Health Care: Giving Provinces the Incentives to Deal with Wait Times and Rising Costs

Issue Canada’s public health care system has the dubious distinction of having the worst wait times of any developed country. Health care costs have been increasing at an unsustainable rate, putting more and more financial pressures on the budgets of provincial governments. The situation is likely to get worse with Canada’s aging population. Healthcare is an exclusive provincial jurisdiction. However, for years the federal government has insisted that the provinces satisfy a series of conditions set in the Canada Health Act in exchange for transfer payments. These conditions discourage innovation. Also, the money does not directly fund health care services. It is...

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Internal Trade: Getting Rid of Interprovincial Trade Barriers

Issue More than a century and a half after Canada’s founding, Canadians still cannot buy, sell, or work freely within their own country. In order to protect local special interests, provincial governments have adopted all kinds of measures that erect barriers to trade and labour mobility. Goods such as alcohol and agricultural products cannot be sold freely across provincial borders because of government monopolies or regulations. Nurses, accountants, or engineers have problems finding work in another province because their skills are not automatically recognized. Safety rules vary from one province to another. In some cases, it is easier for a...

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Firearms: Respecting Legal Firearms Owners and Targeting Criminals

Issue The legal use of firearms has always been part of Canadian tradition and culture. Today, there are over 2 million hunters, ranchers, trappers, farmers, target shooters, recreational shooters and collectors who legally possess firearms in our country. However, despite this group being exceptionally law abiding and the most highly vetted segment in the Canadian population, the existing firearms legislation unfairly targets them, does not respect their property rights, and is highly arbitrary. Facts In 1995, Bill C-68 created the Firearms Act, the strictest gun-control legislation in Canadian history. Its most controversial feature, the creation of a long-gun registry, was repealed...

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Equalization: Fairness For All Provinces & Territories

Issue When it was started in 1957, the equalization program had a noble intention: to ensure that all Canadians have access to a similar level of services from their provincial government, regardless of whether they live in richer or poorer provinces. Equalization was seen as a way to unite the country. Unfortunately, that is not how it turned out. The program is unfair and inefficient, both for citizens of richer provinces that do not receive equalization payments like Alberta and Saskatchewan—whose economies are hurting because of the downturn in the oil sector—and for citizens of provinces that have been on...

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  • Policy - Scrap the Carbon Tax

    Scrap the Carbon tax

    Canadians all support cleaner air and water. But a carbon tax won’t do anything to protect our environment. All it will do is increase costs on business and kill jobs. Increasing the price of fuel and the price of electricity will put the price of everything up. Businesses will be forced to choose between keeping employees on payroll or paying the hydro bill. This is unacceptable. This tax needs to be scrapped. It is the right plan.

  • Policy - Drop Corporate Income Tax from 15% to 10%

    One of the Harper Conservative Government’s major achievements was to reduce the corporate income tax from 22% in 2007 to 15% in 2012. But we can still do better. Canada’s combined corporate income tax rate is 15thhighest in the OECD. Bringing it down to 10% will increase the after-tax return on investment, and thus encourage businesses to invest more. This will create jobs and unleash Canada’s productive forces. This is the right plan.

  • Policy - Eliminate all corporate welfare

    There is a simple way for the federal government to show fairness to all regions of the country, to all industries, and to taxpayers. It is to completely stop subsidizing businesses and to reduce their taxes. This is not only fair, but it is economically efficient. It respects that the free market can make decisions far better than Ottawa bureaucrats. And it will stop the consistent practise of throwing good taxpayer dollars after bad into failing and mismanaged companies. Ending the practise of picking winner and losers is the right plan.

  • Policy - Kick the CRTC out of the telecom industry to allow for more competition

    For too long, the CRTC has been stifling competition and innovation in the telecommunications sector. Canada has a strong and mature telecommunications sector, and it doesn’t need to be coddled by government bureaucracy making fake competition. This is unacceptable. The CRTC needs to get out of the telecom industry, and foreign competition needs to be allowed. More competition is the right plan for Canada.

  • Policy -Lower air travel costs by privatizing airports and opening the sector to more competition

    Canada has some of the highest air travel costs in the world. In cost competitiveness, we rank 124th. Many Canadians rarely, or never, fly because of the cost. Many others only fly from American airports because it is so much cheaper there. To tolerate this in a country as vast as Canada, where air travel is often a necessity, is unacceptable. Privatizing the airports, and running them like businesses instead of government cash cows, will help reduce costs. It is also important to open the sector to more competition by lowering foreign ownership requirements and pursuing open skies agreements with other countries. These measures will help keep more money in the pockets of Canadian travellers. It’s the right plan.

  • Policy - Privatize Canada Post and eliminate its monopoly on letter mail

    Canadians have long benefitted from competition in the market for packages. What’s more, letter mail volume decreases by 6% per year. With the skyrocketing cost of stamps and constant threats of labour action, there is simply no reason to maintain Canada Post’s monopoly on letter mail. We all know that monopolies have less incentive to reduce costs and improve service. Postal services should operate in a competitive environment, just like any other sector of the economy.

  • Policy - Abolish the Capital Gains Tax

    Everyone knows the more you tax something, the less of it you get. The Capital Gains Tax is a tax on investment. When our economy is hardly growing at all, why would the government want to have less investment in the private sector? Abolishing the Capital Gains Tax would make sure you never pay tax on any of your savings. It will give our entrepreneurs access to a larger pool of capital. And it will allow every single Canadian to invest more and save more money. It is the right plan.

  • Policy - Cut federal tax to 15% on income between $15,001 and $100,000, and 25% tax rate on income above $100,000

    Canadians are paying too much tax. The Income Tax Act is a complicated mess that costs Canadians nearly $7 billion a year to comply with. Every Canadian deserves a tax cut. Simplifying the Income Tax Act by reducing taxes on all income above $15,000 and below $100,000 will mean that those earning in this range will save as much as $2,163 per year in taxes. Taxing income earned over $100,000 at 25% will keep more money in the pockets of Canadians. It is a tax cut for every single Canadian. This is the right plan.

  • Policy - No federal tax on first $15,000 earned, giving everyone who earns that much an immediate $529 tax cut

    Canadians are paying too much tax. The Income Tax Act is a complicated mess that costs Canadians nearly $7 billion a year to comply with. Every Canadian deserves a tax cut. Simplifying the tax code and raising the basic personal exemption to $15,000 will ensure that every single Canadian has at least $529 more in their pocket than they did under a Liberal Government. This is the right plan.

  • Policy - Permanently expand the accelerated capital cost allowance to all sectors

    The Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance has allowed certain businesses to write off investments against taxable income more rapidly and has been a great success story. Making this program permanent and applying it to all sectors will put money in the pockets of every single business owner. It will allow new growth and new investment. It will increase prosperity. It is the right plan.

  • Policy - End reliance on the United Nations for refugee selection

    I would stop our reliance on the United Nations for refugee selection. Civil society groups that work on the ground have a much better grasp of who could successfully integrate into Canada than a big international bureaucracy. We should rely instead on private sponsorship, including by faith-based organizations. The Liberals are strangling this to make room for poorly delivered state sponsorship.

  • Policy - Immigration must not be used as a tool to forcibly change the cultural character and social fabric of Canada

    Our immigration policy should not aim to forcibly change the cultural character and social fabric of Canada, as radical proponents of multiculturalism want. The vast majority of Canadians rightly expect immigrants to learn about our history and culture, master one of our official languages, and adopt widely shared Canadian values such as equality of men and woman, tolerance for diversity and respect for Canadian law.

  • Policy - Increase resources for CSIS, the RCMP, and Canadian immigration officials to do background checks and interviews as necessary

    To ensure our security, I would increase resources for CSIS, the RCMP and Canadian Immigration and Citizenship to do background checks on all classes of immigrants, including more face-to-face interviews if deemed necessary.

  • Policy - Focus on recruiting immigrants with specialized skills who will contribute to our economy

    Canada has always been a country largely open to immigration, because of its vastness and its relative youth. I believe that by and large, our immigration policy has been very successful. However, Immigration should answer the needs of sectors where there is a scarcity of manpower with specialized skills; and in more general terms contribute to increasing the number of younger workers in a society that is fast aging. It shouldn’t be used as a social engineering program for ideological purposes.

  • Policy - Work with allies to defend Canada's security, especially against radical Islamic terrorism

    I will continue to work closely with our allies to ensure peace and security, especially against radical Islamic terrorism. We will only get involved in foreign conflicts when we have a clear strategic interest in doing so and when the security of Canadians is directly impacted.

  • Policy - Liberalize trade with as many countries and regions as possible

    My foreign policy will be focused on liberalizing trade with as many countries and regions of the world as possible. This is not only the best way to ensure our prosperity, but also to help other countries develop and get richer, and to ensure a more peaceful world.

  • Policy - Review the billions spent on foreign aid, and phase out all aid with no moral or economic efficiency argument

    My government will review the $5 billion that Canada spends every year on international assistance programs. Canada will do its part with humanitarian aid to fight global health crises and respond to emergencies such as major conflicts and natural disasters. But we will not send billions to other countries to boost their economies while many Canadians, including some First Nations communities, have levels of poverty comparable to third world countries. Instead of sending billions of dollars to other countries, we should use that money to cut taxes or help Canadians in need, here in Canada.

  • Policy - Promote free-market policies, liberalized trade, and private property rights around the world

    Countries such as China, India, Vietnam and many others that are fast growing out of poverty did so because they got rid of their communist and socialist economic policies. There is a direct link between the level of economic freedom and the level of development. They got richer because they adopted free-market policies, liberalized trade and private property rights, even if only imperfectly. My government will promote these ideas at every opportunity.

  • Policy - Foreign policy must focus on the security and prosperity of Canadians — not pleasing the dysfunctional United Nations

    I won’t aim to please the foreign affairs establishment and the United Nations — a dysfunctional organisation which for years has disproportionately focused its activities on condemning Israel. Instead, I will ensure our country’s foreign policy will be refocused on the security and prosperity of Canadians.