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September 16, 2021
There are many issues as well as major opportunities for a government that gets elected this September. We’ve managed to summarize 5 topics, including health care, climate change, job creation, senior care, indigenous reconciliation for you to help better understand the positioning of each party and some of the plans they have in their books for the future.
By spending about $3 billion, the Liberal party would hire over 7400 healthcare professionals as well as expanding virtual care by investing $400 million into it. In order to minimize wait times for things like surgeries and even tests, $6 billion will be invested. The amount of healthcare professionals that would experience loan forgiveness would increase when they choose to take a rural location.
The Conservative party would be investing over $50 billion in the span of the next 10 years toward increasing healthcare transfers into provinces. They would also aim to develop a 3-digit hotline for suicides and mental health programs through charities and other non-profits for about $150 million. Also cover 25% of the cost of mental health coverage for employees in the first 3 years.
The NDP plans to develop a prescription drug program before 2023 worth over $10.5 billion per annum. Plans to dedicate a quarter of a billion-dollar towards health care workers shortage. No budget or timeline related to universal dental, hearing care, mental health, and vision care.
The Green party would begin to involve prescription drugs in public health care. Additionally, they’d include basic dental and children’s full dental (for low income). Non-costed promises include guidelines based on healthcare and promoting more active lives.
By creating more than 1 million jobs, the Liberals desire to bring employment levels back to what they were before the pandemic. This may be done through the recovery hiring program. Additionally, there are micro-grants and allowing write-offs for small businesses over $1 million.
Erin O’Toole, the Conservative leader, promises to develop over a million jobs through the Canada job surge plan. This will cover 25-50% of wage costs for up to 6 months after new hires begin. Additionally, there are loans for small businesses and tax credits for small businesses.
Near the top of the list for promises for the NDP is rent and wage subsidies specifically for those small businesses in need. Additionally, it wants to pay employers shares of EI and CPP for small businesses. Boosting the Canadian auto industry is also on the list.
In order to develop and create jobs, the Green party believes there need to be more jobs in renewable energy and less within fossil fuels. Creating regulations to persuade more renewable energy incorporation would be a large part of the platform.
The Liberals desire to spend almost $10 billion in the course of the next 5 years to the various territories and provinces to improve conditions for seniors and care workers. The Liberal want to increase wages for workers, train close to $50,000 new workers, and also raise the quality and availability of long-term care.
In the next 3 years, the Conservatives want to update senior homes and create more care homes from not for profits, which would be worth about $3 billion. Also create laws regarding the care for seniors. Additionally, they would grant $200 per month for seniors living with families (children) instead of in care homes.
All senior homes that are private and for-profit would come to an end, and they would all become part of the public sector. This transition, which has not been costed, will create higher wages, jobs that are more stable, and protect workers more in terms of health and safety.
The Green party would enact quality and affordable care through universal access to long-term care which would sit under the Canada Health Act. The party would also incorporate more rigid protection measures and increase and improve training, benefits, and leave for workers. It would also provide an unknown dollar figure for long-term care homes and community care.