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Where the parties stand on five big issues

the party positions

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Compiled by Adam Daff

Environment

Health Care

Business

Education

Accountability

Conservative:

Environment

Pull out of Kyoto to further cut green house gases and introduce Clean Air Act.

Health Care

$13 billion for provinces and drug plan; Work with provinces to build on the 2003 Health Accord on Health Renewal; Promote amateur sport and physical fitness.

Business

Reduce federal tax rate on middle-income Canadians by more than 25 per cent; Introduce a $2,000 per child deduction to reduce the tax burden on families with children; Invest in infrastructure by transferring at least 3 cents of the gas tax to the provinces; Cut "wasteful" subsidies by $10 billion in order to reduce taxes for all businesses, reduce capital gains, reduce corporate tax

Education

Improve loans and grants for students; Work with the provinces to reduce financial barriers to post-secondary education.

Accountability

Increase auditor general’s budget and role; End corporate and union political donations; Allow for independent Ethics Commissioner to be appointed by cabinet, not by the Prime Minister; Have elections on a fixed date every four years; Hold elections to fill vacancies in the Senate; Give Parliament, not the courts, the final decision on issues like marriage.

The candidates:

West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast: John Reynolds (MP)

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon: Chuck Strahl (MP)

 

NDP

Environment

Create a crown corporation for green jobs; Invest in wind power; Tax incentives to produce fuel-efficient cars; Mandatory emission targets for car manufacturers

Health Care

Increase funding by $28 billion over four years; Reduce drug costs through bulk buying program and review copyrights; Strengthen the Canada Health Act to prohibit public money going to private, for-profit hospitals and responding to technological change by deeming diagnostics such as MRIs as medically necessary services, thus protecting them from privatization.

Business

Implement a U.S.-style inheritance tax on inheritances of more than $1 million, exempting in-family transfers of small businesses and family farms; Fairer taxes for small business; Ensure all Canadians who make less than $15,000 a year pay no federal income tax; Remove the GST from family essentials, starting with children’s clothing and medicine, school supplies, books, magazines, women’s hygiene products, and medical equipment.

Education

Cut tuition fees; set up needs based grants; end privatization of research; Credit all interest accrued on the Canada Student Loans program against graduates’ income taxes; Provide long-term federal funds to create an additional 200,000 child care spaces within four years.

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