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Strategy for supporting Calgary's recovery​

Calgary is one of Canada’s economic engines, contributing $124 billion in GDP. But for the last five years Calgary has suffered through a sever​e economic downturn with unemployment rates among the highest in Canada.

Question: What is your party's strategy to support Calgary's recovery as we reshape our future?

Conservative Party

The Conservative Party of Canada is proud of Canada’s oil and gas industry. We recognize the vital role of Alberta and its energy sector in contributing to the health of the Canadian economy, jobs for Canadians in every region of our nation, and providing sustainable funds to support social programs for every jurisdiction.

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Green Party

The transition to a sustainable economy offers both challenges and opportunities. Jobs in the fossil fuel sectors will inevitably decline and this will be disruptive and stressful for workers and their families. However, new opportunities will abound in the green economy. In 2017, 268,000 people were already employed in the clean energy sector in Canada.

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Liberal Party

For Canada to thrive the federal government needs to support economic opportunities right across the country. The Liberal Government’s Western Canada Growth Strategy is encouraging economic diversification, helping businesses to trade in new markets abroad, investing in the skills of our workers, and strengthening our communities through increased connection to broadband access and digital resources.

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NDP Party

Calgary and Alberta have been the driving force of our national economy for years and, as we work to transition to a low-carbon economy, will continue to power our economy going forward. A New Democrat government will work with the city and the province to support the diversification of the economy and create the new good jobs that families deserve.

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People's Party

Currently the People’s Party of Canada and Maxime Bernier is the only party that is committed to getting Alberta Oil to tidewater and back onto international markets. This is significant in Calgary’s recovery and future in a province that relies on its natural resources to stimulate and grow any kind of economy in Alberta.

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Supporting our responsible energy industry​

Calgary is a world-class centre of excellence for energy. We are leaders in oil and gas production, renewable energy and new technologies to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint and support the transition to a low carbon economy. All Canadians benefit from our energy resources.

Moving to a low carbon future will take a strong economy. We can be part of a global solution if our resources can reach new markets. Between 2014 and 2016, the energy industry generated $12 billion in average annual revenue for governments and, in 2017 alone, supported 533,000 jobs across Canada. Canada needs more access to new markets, the best price for its resources, and fair regulatory review of key economic infrastructure projects.

Question: What will your party do to support our responsible energy industry and ensure our resources get the best price?

Conservative Party

The Conservative Party of Canada is proud of Canada’s oil and gas industry. We recognize the vital role of Alberta and its energy sector in contributing to the health of the Canadian economy, jobs for Canadians in every region of our nation, and providing sustainable funds to support social programs for every jurisdiction.

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Green Party

The Green Party will collaborate with provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples and the public to develop a Pan-Canadian Energy Strategy that gets us to a carbon-free energy system by 2050; phases out bitumen production for fuels by 2030-35; prioritizes Canadian jobs and supply; reduces energy demand across all sectors by 50 per cent; and ensures energy security for Canadians throughout this transition.

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Liberal Party

It is a core responsibility of the federal government to help get our natural resources to market, but that is only possible if we achieve the required public trust by addressing environmental, Indigenous Peoples’, and local concerns. 99 percent of Canada’s oil exports are sold to a single customer: the United States.

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NDP Party

Calgary – and Alberta’s – energy workers have the expertise, talent and drive that will be essential to the success of our low-carbon economy. We know that the downturn has been hard on workers and families, but New Democrats have always been on the side of workers and everyday families and we’re going to continue to be on their side.

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People's Party

Currently the People’s Party of Canada and Maxime Bernier is the only party that is committed to getting Alberta Oil to tidewater and back onto international markets. This is significant in Calgary’s recovery and future in a province that relies on its natural resources to stimulate and grow any kind of economy in Alberta. ​

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Clear and fair regulatory review process for infrastructure​

Federal environmental assessments now affect a wide range of construction projects across Canada, not just those related to energy. For example, the Springbank Reservoir (SR1), a critical upstream flood mitigation project to protect Calgary’s downtown, is now subject to increased and prolonged regulatory processes and review. The regulatory uncertainty created for projects such as SR1 — six years after Calgary’s flood devastation — raises concerns about infrastructure projects across Canada.

Question: What will your party do to establish clarity and certainty in regulatory processes for timely decisions on critical Canadian infrastructure projects in the public interest?

Conservative Party

The Conservative Party strongly supports the timely development of critical public infrastructure projects.

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Green Party

The City has not received a response from this party.

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Liberal Party

We understand the importance of timely decision making, and a re-elected Liberal government will continue to work with provinces through a coordinated process to ensure that good projects get built in Alberta.

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NDP Party

As the impacts of the climate crisis get worse, be it increased flooding or more intense fires, it is essential for governments to invest in infrastructure to protect our cities and the people that live there.

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People's Party

Maxime Bernier and the People’s Party of Canada are looking to streamline the regulatory process and make it both simpler and quicker in order to get boots on the ground on important projects.

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​Improving federal-municipal relations

Big cities are the country’s economic engines. Canada needs strong cities to accomplish federal policy and other national objectives. A recent report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer demonstrated that cities are more effective than other orders of government at building and renewing infrastructure when direct funding is provided. Direct federal funding also results in greater accountability and transparency to the public on the part of cities.

Question: What is your party's plan for building strong cities in Canada?

Conservative Party

With a majority of Canadians living in urban centres, the federal government must have a strong relationship with the leaders of its municipal government in order to ensure the needs of urban Canadians are met.

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Green Party

It is time to create a mechanism with a seat at the table for municipal governments. A Green government will support the model of collaborative federalism. Greens will create a Council of Canadian Governments, based on the one in use in Australia.

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Liberal Party

Strong cities drive a strong country forward, and our Liberal government believes in strong partnership with our municipal partners in a wide range of areas. Modern public infrastructure is key to promoting economic growth, strengthening the middle class and developing healthy, sustainable communities.

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NDP Party

Strong cities are healthy cities and Jagmeet Singh’s New Deal for People will make people and communities healthier from coast to coast to coast. Our commitment to head-to-toe Medicare for all - including national public pharmacare and dental care – will ensure that everyday families get the care they need without having to worry about breaking the bank.

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People's Party

Because the Federal government does not have legal jurisdiction or oversight on cities it is important to establish positive relationships with all parties involved. It is important to recognize that the strong cities encourage strong economic growth for the provinces and Canada.

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Investing in public infrastructure​

The federal government can support Calgary’s economic recovery by investing in needed public infrastructure; two such projects are the construction of a Fieldhouse and the renewal of Arts Commons.

Calgary is the only major Canadian city without a proper indoor facility for athletics and other field sports. A Fieldhouse has been at the top of The City of Calgary capital priorities for several years, but it has been difficult to find the funding to build it.

Arts Commons is where arts, culture and community meet in Calgary. It is one of the busiest facilities in the city with six resident companies, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and several theatre companies. Arts Commons has a vision for a new building that will revitalize our downtown and create more opportunities for arts and culture in our city.

Question: Does your party commit to funding a portion of the construction of these important community facilities?

Conservative Party

Per above, Canada’s Conservatives are committed to working with the City of Calgary to identify key infrastructure priorities and work collaboratively to ensure that projects move forward.

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Green Party

Please refer to our answer in the section on the gas tax for complete information. The Green Party supports municipalities building arts and culture and sports facilities to build healthy, connected communities.

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Liberal Party

Our government committed in August to helping fund one-third of the Arts Commons building project, as currently proposed, with a $80 million investment. As a party, we are pleased to support this important cultural project in the heart of Calgary, along with our provincial and municipal partners.

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NDP Party

Unfortunately, thanks to Liberal governments failure to invest and years of conservative government cuts, cities and towns across the country are dealing with a massive infrastructure deficit. Our cities and towns, and the people who live
there, deserve better than empty liberal talk or conservative cuts.

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People's Party

The People’s Party of Canada believe that it is important that the funding for community projects be responsible and accountable. It is important to recognize city and provincial jurisdictions in these matters. 

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​Immigration as a driver of economic growth

Canada’s cities require immigration to continue to be strong drivers of our economic growth and Calgary is no exception. When people come here from all over the world, they also need to feel welcomed and have access to opportunity and prosperity.

Question: What is your party's position on immigration to Canada, and how will you ensure cities see the benefits of this immigration?

Conservative Party

Canada is a nation of immigrants that stands on the traditional territories of, and shoulder to shoulder with, First Nations and Indigenous persons.

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Green Party

Canada must review its immigration policy, especially with the demographic imbalance escalating to the point where younger generations will be required to bear the burden of supporting our aging population.

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Liberal Party

To keep our economy strong and growing, we will move forward with modest and responsible increases to immigration, with a focus on welcoming highly skilled people who can help build a stronger Canada.

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NDP Party

Immigration makes Canada stronger. We welcome new talent and energy from around the world to build our communities and boost our economy. Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world – and we are richer and stronger for it.

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People's Party

The People’s Party of Canada’s position on immigration is to listen to Canadians when it comes to numbers allowed.

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Question: How will you ensure municipalities have access to the best employees and protect them from legislation like Quebec's Bill 21?

Conservative Party

The Conservative Party of Canada strongly believes that the freedom to practice religion is a fundamental right of all Canadians.

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Green Party

Elizabeth May said in April 2019 that “Religious intolerance of this kind has no place in our society,” said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands) as she affirmed her party’s strong opposition to the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s proposal to ban public employees in a position of authority from wearing religious symbols.

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Liberal Party

Canada is a secular state and that is reflected across the full depth, breadth and history of our institutions. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the rights of every citizen.

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NDP Party

Immigration makes Canada stronger. We welcome new talent and energy from around the world to build our communities and boost our economy. Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world – and we are richer and stronger for it.

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People's Party

A People’s Party government will: Substantially lower the total number of immigrants and refugees Canada accept every year, from 350,000 to between 100,000 and 150,000, depending on economic and other circumstances.

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Restoring Jobs in the Energy Sector

The Conservative Party of Canada is proud of Canada’s oil and gas industry. We recognize the vital role of Alberta and its energy sector in contributing to the health of the Canadian economy, jobs for Canadians in every region of our nation, and providing sustainable funds to support social programs for every jurisdiction.

Albertans have the right to work in the energy sector. We will proudly continue to take a strong leadership role to ensure this happens, and support and unapologetically advocate for energy sector workers. We will restore investor confidence in the oil and gas industry, with a clear plan and vision for the development of our energy resources.

Under our previous Conservative government, four pipelines were built, four more pipelines were approved, and investment in the energy sector was stable and increasing. At the same time, Canada saw a decrease in the growth of its GHG emissions, while our economy was growing.

Early in his mandate at a town hall meeting, Trudeau said, “We can’t shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out.” Since then, he has done everything possible to make this a reality. Trudeau’s record on energy sector jobs is as follows:

  • Politically and unilaterally vetoed the Northern Gateway pipeline, cheered when Energy East was scuttled, did nothing when KXL was vetoed by Obama, and chased away $7B of investment in the TXM pipeline;
  • Passed bills C69 and C48, which completely destabilized the investment climate for the energy sector;
  • Imposed a carbon tax, which does nothing to reduce GHG emissions and makes our industry uncompetitive;
  • Imposed a ban on shipping traffic in British Columbia; and
  • Refused to intervene in recent vexatious court challenges aimed to stall the construction of TMX.

Over the last four years, Calgary Conservatives have been actively fighting this destructive agenda, while the lone Liberal cabinet minister in Calgary, Kent Hehr, cheerfully helped Trudeau destroy our economy.

Since 2015, Conservatives have:

  • Undertaken the Alberta Jobs Taskforce, which established meaningful proposals to get Albertans back to work;
  • Vigorously fought bills C69 and C48 in Parliament, giving a voice to energy sector workers
  • Fought the killing of Northern Gateway;
  • Introduced numerous motions and private members legislation designed to save Energy East, and save TMX in order to get it built; and
  • Raised the issue of the sustainability of the Equalization program in light of bills C69 and C48.

Going forward, the Conservative Party has a 6-point plan to get projects built and support Alberta’s economy:

  • Cancel the carbon tax;
  • Repeal Bill C-69, the No-More Pipelines Bill;
  • End the ban on shipping traffic in British Columbia;
  • Establish clear time lines and get Indigenous consultations right up front;
  • Ban foreign-funded advocacy groups from disrupting our approvals process; and
  • Assert federal jurisdiction when necessary.

An Andrew Scheer Conservative government will also establish a Canadian Energy Corridor, which will aid in the development of Canada’s energy sector.

Restoring a Climate for Job Creators to Create Jobs

Businesses across Calgary have struggled as Trudeau’s anti-energy sector policies have chased away investment and triggered massive layoffs. Significant increases in City of Calgary property taxes have also exacerbated layoffs and business closures.

The Conservative Party of Canada has fought Trudeau’s never-ending tax hikes and new regulations that make it harder to grow and operate local businesses. These include:

  • His job-killing carbon tax;
  • Increased CPP and EI premiums;
  • Increased personal income tax rates for entrepreneurs; and
  • Changes to the small business tax rate that will disqualify thousands of local businesses.

At a time when Calgary businesses were struggling, Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau steamrolled ahead for months with his small business tax increases, claiming that business owners were just rich tax cheats. The Conservative Party of Canada vigorously fought these tax increases.

Trudeau’s small business tax hikes and complicated compliance rules are so vague and complicated that a former Chief Justice of the Tax Courts said they will lead to a “battle” in court between taxpayers and the Canada Revenue Agency, and the Parliamentary Budget Officer has estimated that they could end up costing entrepreneurs more than $1 billion.

An Andrew Scheer led Conservative government would repeal Trudeau’s tax increases on small business investment, and help Calgary small businesses get ahead and create jobs.

Technology, Not Taxes – The Intersection of the Environment and Canada’s Energy Sector

The Conservative Party’s Real Plan to Protect Our Environment strengthens Canada’s economic advantage and encourages environmental sustainability by making sure major emitters do their part to lower emissions, while incentivising the adoption of Canadian developed clean technology.

Guided by our Green Technology, Not Taxes principle, Canada’s Conservatives will require Canadian companies to lead by example and invest in emissions-reducing technology if they fall short of our emissions standards. This will create a market for Canadian, and Calgary developed, clean technology. This will create new jobs and protect our environment. We will continue to consult with provinces, territories, business leaders and industry experts to make sure that our standards are not just enforced but are also fair. Our standards will keep pace with technological change so that our businesses can adapt and continue to be competitive and environmentally sustainable, reducing their emissions with minimal economic impact. We are committed to protecting Canadian industry from the negative impacts of carbon leakage by ensuring that standards are set with their competitive environments in mind. As Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will set emissions standards for major emitters that will lower greenhouse gases and drive Canadian businesses to the highest standards of green technology.

In addition to this, an Andrew Scheer government will develop a dedicated, coast-to-coast right-of-way specifically set aside for energy infrastructure projects. Rather than have industry submit complicated route proposals for every new transmission line and pipeline project, we could have a single corridor – planned up front and in full consultation with the provinces and with Indigenous Canadians who would share in the prosperity that it would provide.

With a single corridor, we could minimize environmental impacts, lower the costs of environmental assessments, increase certainty for investors, and most importantly, get these critical projects built. All while doing Canada’s part in the fight against climate change by lowering global emissions.

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As with all sections of this survey (below), additional information on the Conservative Party’s plan to grow our economy will be contained in our platform, which will be published in its entirety in the coming days.

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The transition to a sustainable economy offers both challenges and opportunities. Jobs in the fossil fuel sectors will inevitably decline and this will be disruptive and stressful for workers and their families. However, new opportunities will abound in the green economy. In 2017, 268,000 people were already employed in the clean energy sector in Canada. This does not include the 436,000 jobs in the energy efficiency sector and we have not yet begun a serious national retrofit of buildings and industries or a serious transition away from fossil fuels. Projections put future jobs in energy efficiency retrofits alone at four million. The Green Party is committed to a “just transition” of workers from the fossil fuel sector into these new sectors. This will include measures such as income protection, jobs guarantees, retraining and resettlement. The detailed programs would be developed in partnership with workers and their unions.

A Green government will create a just transition framework for oil, gas and coal sector workers that reflects the unique conditions of each province. This would be modelled on the recommendations of the Task Force on Just Transition for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities, which we would implement in full. The framework will:

  • Embed just transition principles in planning, legislative, regulatory and advisory processes to ensure ongoing and concrete actions throughout the fossil-fuel phase-out transition, including:
    • Meeting directly with affected communities to learn about their local priorities, and to connect them with federal programs that could support their goals.
    • Establishing a dedicated, comprehensive, inclusive and flexible just transition funding program for affected communities.
    • Developing and implementing a just transition plan for workers in fossil fuel sectors, championed by a lead minister who oversees and reports on progress.
    • Integrating provisions for just transition in federal environmental and labour legislation and regulations, as well as relevant intergovernmental agreements.
    • Establishing a targeted, long-term research fund for studying the impact of the sector phase-out and the transition to a low-carbon economy.
  • Ensuring locally available supports, including funding the establishment and operation of locally-driven transition centres in affected communities.
  • Identifying and funding local infrastructure projects in affected communities.
  • Providing a pathway to retirement by creating a pension bridging program for workers who will retire earlier than planned due to the phase out.
  • Transitioning workers to sustainable employment by:
    • Creating a detailed and publicly available inventory with labour market information pertaining to oil, coal and gas workers, such as skills profiles, demographics, locations, and current and potential employers.
    • Creating a comprehensive funding program for workers staying in the labour market to address their needs across the stages of securing a new job, including income support, education and skills building, re-employment, and mobility.
    • Investing in comprehensive retraining and apprenticeship programs for industrial trades workers for jobs in the transition to a zero-carbon economy, especially the renewable and energy efficiency sectors.
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For Canada to thrive the federal government needs to support economic opportunities right across the country. The Liberal Government’s Western Canada Growth Strategy is encouraging economic diversification, helping businesses to trade in new markets abroad, investing in the skills of our workers, and strengthening our communities through increased connection to broadband access and digital resources. It is also why we have taken significant steps to advance the Trans Mountain Expansion project.

In addition, our government responded to the needs of the energy sector in a tough time by introducing a new Accelerated Investment Incentive, an accelerated capital cost allowance for
businesses of all sizes across all sectors of the economy. This incentive is helping more businesses invest in assets to help business grow over the long-term.

In addition, in December 2018, our government announced investments in workers, boosting competitiveness, and improving long-term competitiveness of the industry:

  • $1 billion in commercial financial support from Export Development Canada to help companies looking to explore new markets, address working capital needs, or invest in new
    technologies.
  • $50 million investment in oil and gas clean innovations through the Clean Growth Program, projected to generate $890 million in investment.
  • $100 million allocation through the Strategic Innovations Fund in energy and economic diversification-related projects.
  • We made the National Trade Corridors Fund available to support projects that help address bottlenecks in the freight rail system and improve transportation of all commodities,
    including energy products. Made available a set of services to deploy quickly to help workers, including work-sharing to prevent layoffs and immediate income supports through
    Employment Insurance.

In Budget 2019, our government also funded the Calgary-based Clean Resource Innovation Network with $100 million to reduce oil and gas producers' environmental impacts, including
reducing water and land use, as well as improving wellsite remediation. Our government also provided a $17.9 million cleantech investment to Calgary-based oilsands company MEG Energy, for a new method for extracting bitumen that has "the potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent" by using less steam and water.

Our farmers, forestry and energy and mining workers are already world leaders in innovation. Our Liberal government is supporting these sectors to develop and deploy new technologies and increase their environmental stewardship to create jobs for the middle class and encourage investment flowing into the west. The clean growth economy is estimated to be worth $26 trillion over the next 12 years. Our government is committed to building a clean growth economy in Canada so we can continue to be an energy leader on the world stage. Our government has invested $3 billion into clean technology and $1 billion into energy efficiency initiatives in municipalities and rural communities, through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. We have also made available $27 billion for green infrastructure through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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Calgary and Alberta have been the driving force of our national economy for years and, as we work to transition to a low-carbon economy, will continue to power our economy going forward. A New Democrat government will work with the city and the province to support the diversification of the economy and create the new good jobs that families deserve. We’ll ensure that regional development organizations have the financial support they need to attract investment and grow their local economies. We also know that folks who are out of work can’t wait for the economy of tomorrow: they need help now. Our historic investments in worker training and support will ensure that workers who want to go back to school or learn a new trade have the support to do so. We’ll update Employment Insurance programs to insure they’re more flexible and better meet the needs of workers.

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Currently the People’s Party of Canada and Maxime Bernier is the only party that is committed to getting Alberta Oil to tidewater and back onto international markets. This is significant in Calgary’s recovery and future in a province that relies on its natural resources to stimulate and grow any kind of economy in Alberta. Maxime Bernier is the ONLY party leader that has openly stated in both Alberta and Quebec that he will use the constitution (Section 92.10) to impose the pipeline. Andrew Scheer and the CPC have stated that they will compromise and build an “energy corridor” but what they are not saying is that it will take up to 10 years for consultations to be complete on a corridor and that the corridor does NOT include a pipeline. What the other parties do not tell you is what will happen when this reach the Quebec border with such projects and what they are prepared to do should Quebec object to the project. The oil and gas industry has been for decades a major source of employment, government revenues, and economic well-being for all of Canada. It should be allowed to grow, export its products, and bring prosperity to our country.

A People’s Party Government will:

  • Counter anti-oil and anti-pipeline propaganda from radical environmentalists and foreign foundations.
  • Repeal Bill C-48.
  • Repeal Bill C-69.
  • Approve pipelines projects using a streamlined process.
  • Find a private buyer for Trans Mountain.
  • Reassert federal jurisdiction over pipelines construction by invoking section 92(10) of our Constitution, whereby Parliament can declare any project to be for the general advantage of Canada.

 

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Restoring Jobs in the Energy Sector

The Conservative Party of Canada is proud of Canada’s oil and gas industry. We recognize the vital role of Alberta and its energy sector in contributing to the health of the Canadian economy, jobs for Canadians in every region of our nation, and providing sustainable funds to support social programs for every jurisdiction.

Albertans have the right to work in the energy sector. We will proudly continue to take a strong leadership role to ensure this happens, and support and unapologetically advocate for energy sector workers. We will restore investor confidence in the oil and gas industry, with a clear plan and vision for the development of our energy resources.

Under our previous Conservative government, four pipelines were built, four more pipelines were approved, and investment in the energy sector was stable and increasing. At the same time, Canada saw a decrease in the growth of its GHG emissions, while our economy was growing.

Early in his mandate at a town hall meeting, Trudeau said, “We can’t shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out.” Since then, he has done everything possible to make this a reality. Trudeau’s record on energy sector jobs is as follows:

  • Politically and unilaterally vetoed the Northern Gateway pipeline, cheered when Energy East was scuttled, did nothing when KXL was vetoed by Obama, and chased away $7B of investment in the TXM pipeline;
  • Passed bills C69 and C48, which completely destabilized the investment climate for the energy sector;
  • Imposed a carbon tax, which does nothing to reduce GHG emissions and makes our industry uncompetitive;
  • Imposed a ban on shipping traffic in British Columbia; and
  • Refused to intervene in recent vexatious court challenges aimed to stall the construction of TMX.

Over the last four years, Calgary Conservatives have been actively fighting this destructive agenda, while the lone Liberal cabinet minister in Calgary, Kent Hehr, cheerfully helped Trudeau destroy our economy.

Since 2015, Conservatives have:

  • Undertaken the Alberta Jobs Taskforce, which established meaningful proposals to get Albertans back to work;
  • Vigorously fought bills C69 and C48 in Parliament, giving a voice to energy sector workers
  • Fought the killing of Northern Gateway;
  • Introduced numerous motions and private members legislation designed to save Energy East, and save TMX in order to get it built; and
  • Raised the issue of the sustainability of the Equalization program in light of bills C69 and C48.

Going forward, the Conservative Party has a 6-point plan to get projects built and support Alberta’s economy:

  • Cancel the carbon tax;
  • Repeal Bill C-69, the No-More Pipelines Bill;
  • End the ban on shipping traffic in British Columbia;
  • Establish clear time lines and get Indigenous consultations right up front;
  • Ban foreign-funded advocacy groups from disrupting our approvals process; and
  • Assert federal jurisdiction when necessary.

An Andrew Scheer Conservative government will also establish a Canadian Energy Corridor, which will aid in the development of Canada’s energy sector.

Restoring a Climate for Job Creators to Create Jobs

Businesses across Calgary have struggled as Trudeau’s anti-energy sector policies have chased away investment and triggered massive layoffs. Significant increases in City of Calgary property taxes have also exacerbated layoffs and business closures.

The Conservative Party of Canada has fought Trudeau’s never-ending tax hikes and new regulations that make it harder to grow and operate local businesses. These include:

  • His job-killing carbon tax;
  • Increased CPP and EI premiums;
  • Increased personal income tax rates for entrepreneurs; and
  • Changes to the small business tax rate that will disqualify thousands of local businesses.

At a time when Calgary businesses were struggling, Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau steamrolled ahead for months with his small business tax increases, claiming that business owners were just rich tax cheats. The Conservative Party of Canada vigorously fought these tax increases.

Trudeau’s small business tax hikes and complicated compliance rules are so vague and complicated that a former Chief Justice of the Tax Courts said they will lead to a “battle” in court between taxpayers and the Canada Revenue Agency, and the Parliamentary Budget Officer has estimated that they could end up costing entrepreneurs more than $1 billion.

An Andrew Scheer led Conservative government would repeal Trudeau’s tax increases on small business investment, and help Calgary small businesses get ahead and create jobs.

Technology, Not Taxes – The Intersection of the Environment and Canada’s Energy Sector

The Conservative Party’s Real Plan to Protect Our Environment strengthens Canada’s economic advantage and encourages environmental sustainability by making sure major emitters do their part to lower emissions, while incentivising the adoption of Canadian developed clean technology.

Guided by our Green Technology, Not Taxes principle, Canada’s Conservatives will require Canadian companies to lead by example and invest in emissions-reducing technology if they fall short of our emissions standards. This will create a market for Canadian, and Calgary developed, clean technology. This will create new jobs and protect our environment. We will continue to consult with provinces, territories, business leaders and industry experts to make sure that our standards are not just enforced but are also fair. Our standards will keep pace with technological change so that our businesses can adapt and continue to be competitive and environmentally sustainable, reducing their emissions with minimal economic impact. We are committed to protecting Canadian industry from the negative impacts of carbon leakage by ensuring that standards are set with their competitive environments in mind. As Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will set emissions standards for major emitters that will lower greenhouse gases and drive Canadian businesses to the highest standards of green technology.

In addition to this, an Andrew Scheer government will develop a dedicated, coast-to-coast right-of-way specifically set aside for energy infrastructure projects. Rather than have industry submit complicated route proposals for every new transmission line and pipeline project, we could have a single corridor – planned up front and in full consultation with the provinces and with Indigenous Canadians who would share in the prosperity that it would provide.

With a single corridor, we could minimize environmental impacts, lower the costs of environmental assessments, increase certainty for investors, and most importantly, get these critical projects built. All while doing Canada’s part in the fight against climate change by lowering global emissions.

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The Green Party will collaborate with provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples and the public to develop a Pan-Canadian Energy Strategy that gets us to a carbon-free energy system by 2050; phases out bitumen production for fuels by 2030-35; prioritizes Canadian jobs and supply; reduces energy demand across all sectors by 50 per cent; and ensures energy security for Canadians throughout this transition. We will support the innovations in carbon-free energy coming out of Calgary and ensure that funding is available to help Albertans capitalise on the province’s huge potential for renewables.

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It is a core responsibility of the federal government to help get our natural resources to market, but that is only possible if we achieve the required public trust by addressing environmental, Indigenous Peoples’, and local concerns. 99 percent of Canada’s oil exports are sold to a single customer: the United States. Diversifying our market access is critical to getting a better price for our oil.

Our federal Liberal government approved the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline project, creating tens of thousands of jobs and then purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline when it faced challenges. Construction restarted this summer and Trans Mountain expects it to be in service by mid-2022. Every dollar made by the federal government from the TMX will be invested in clean energy projects. We are also opening opportunities for Indigenous groups to benefit financially, including through ownership.

Our government also approved:

  • Two NOVA Gas Transmission LTD expansions of its natural gas pipeline system.
  • System Expansion in northern Alberta, both to supply local customers and North American markets, and creating up to 3,000 jobs during construction.
  • Towerbirch Expansion to expand pipeline system between BC and Alberta, creating up to 750 jobs during construction.
  • The Line 3 Replacement Project, which will create up to 7,000 jobs during construction. All 1,070 km of the pipe along the Canadian right-of-way has now been installed (from Hardisty, AB to Gretna, MB). Enbridge expects the Canadian portion to come into service in December 2019, and for the full line to be in service by the second half of 2020.

Our government also continues to support Keystone XL, and has advocated for this critical project to the US government. TC Energy expects construction to begin in 2020.

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Calgary – and Alberta’s – energy workers have the expertise, talent and drive that will be essential to the success of our low-carbon economy. We know that the downturn has been hard on workers and families, but New Democrats have always been on the side of workers and everyday families and we’re going to continue to be on their side. Because we’re in it for them. Our New Deal for the economy and the environment won’t just put these folks back to work, it will create at least 300,000 new good jobs in the green economy. Alberta’s energy workers have the expertise Canada needs to transition our power grids to renewables, to help drive the adoption of new technologies like geothermal, and to lead in the construction of our green retrofit programs. The transition to a lowcarbon energy industry will help us fight the climate crisis while growing our economy at the same time and we’ll make sure that places like Calgary continue to be at the forefront of this work.

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Currently the People’s Party of Canada and Maxime Bernier is the only party that is committed to getting Alberta Oil to tidewater and back onto international markets. This is significant in Calgary’s recovery and future in a province that relies on its natural resources to stimulate and grow any kind of economy in Alberta. Maxime Bernier is the ONLY party leader that has openly stated in both Alberta and Quebec that he will use the constitution (Section 92.10) to impose the pipeline. Andrew Scheer and the CPC have stated that they will compromise and build an “energy corridor” but what they are not saying is that it will take up to 10 years for consultations to be complete on a corridor and that the corridor does NOT include a pipeline. What the other parties do not tell you is what will happen when this reach the Quebec border with such projects and what they are prepared to do should Quebec object to the project.

The oil and gas industry has been for decades a major source of employment, government revenues, and economic well-being for all of Canada. It should be allowed to grow, export its products, and bring prosperity to our country.

A People’s Party Government will:

  • Counter anti-oil and anti-pipeline propaganda from radical environmentalists and foreign foundations.
  • Repeal Bill C-48.
  • Repeal Bill C-69.
  • Approve pipelines projects using a streamlined process.
  • Find a private buyer for Trans Mountain.
  • Reassert federal jurisdiction over pipelines construction by invoking section 92(10) of our Constitution, whereby Parliament can declare any project to be for the general advantage of Canada.

 

Canada needs a common-sense foreign policy focused on the security and prosperity of Canadians, not an ideological approach that compromises our interests.

A People’s Party government will:

  • Continue to work closely with our allies to maintain a peaceful international order, but will not get involved in foreign conflicts unless we have a compelling strategic interest in doing so.
  • Prioritize relations with our main trading and defence partner, and work with the Trump administration, or whoever occupies the White House, to reinforce our friendship and cooperation.
  • Withdraw from all UN commitments, including the Global Compact on Migrations and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, that threaten our sovereignty, and reduce our presence in UN institutions to a minimum.
  • Liberalize trade with as many countries as possible, while ensuring our security and protecting our economy from the threat of potentially hostile foreign investors.
  • Save billions of dollars by phasing out development aid, and focus Canadian international assistance exclusively on emergency humanitarian action in cases such as health crises, major conflicts and natural disasters.

 

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Question: What will your party do to establish clarity and certainty in regulatory processes for timely decisions on critical Canadian infrastructure projects in the public interest?

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The Conservative Party strongly supports the timely development of critical public infrastructure projects.

Under Justin Trudeau’s government, vital infrastructure projects are not getting built. Calgarians need less photo ops with Liberal politicians reannouncing the same funding announced by the Harper government, and more projects to actually be built.

A Conservative Government would review and improve Canada’s regulatory practises as it relates to infrastructure development. We would lead a system that adheres to Canada’s world class environmental standards, and reduces politicization.

We will work closely with municipalities to move forward on ensuring that we have the best regulations possible to get important infrastructure built.

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The City has not received a response from this party.

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We understand the importance of timely decision making, and a re-elected Liberal government will continue to work with provinces through a coordinated process to ensure that good projects get built in Alberta.

We have heard concerns about regulatory certainty as a result of the previous government’s environmental assessment system. Various legal challenges over major projects also very clearly have shown that their rules were not broken. That is why we brought forward and passed the Impact Assessment Act (IAA) this year. By adding strict time management provisions under firm legislated timelines, ensuring strict public participation management, and putting in place unprecedented transparency requirements on government decisions, we have provided the certainty and clarity that Canadians need to ensure good projects can go forward in a timely way.

The Springbank Dam project has not been subject to delay from the federal government and is progressing within its 365-day legislated timeline. The project has been developed under the previous Harper government’s environmental assessment rules, and concerns with respect to timelines and clarity that we heard from Canadians have been addressed in the IAA.

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As the impacts of the climate crisis get worse, be it increased flooding or more intense fires, it is essential for governments to invest in infrastructure to protect our cities and the people that live there. Projects like SR1 are essential to the long-term sustainability of our municipalities and a New Democrat government would ensure that communities have the support they need to get these projects built quickly – because the effects of climate change are only going to get worse. We’re committed to investing essential climate-change adaptation projects and flood prevention projects across the country and we’ll step up our support for communities cleaning up and healing from events like mass flooding.

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Maxime Bernier and the People’s Party of Canada are looking to streamline the regulatory process and make it both simpler and quicker in order to get boots on the ground on important projects. As the leader(s) of the country it is important to recognize that there are times when a government needs to assert its leadership and make decisions that will move projects forward. Sometimes these decisions are not always popular, or they step around those that choose to impede the growth of not only our country but our cities, such as Calgary, which is vital to public interests.

A People’s Party of Canada government will:

  • Eliminate all corporate subsidies and other inefficient government interventions (bailouts of failing companies, regional development grants, conditional loans and loan guarantees with an implicit subsidy, tax credits, etc.) that unfairly support some companies or business sectors. This will generate savings of between $5 billion and $10 billion a year.
  • Gradually reduce over the course of one mandate the corporate income tax rate from its current 15% down to 10%. When completed, this measure will make about $9.5 billion available to businesses, allowing them to increase salaries or invest in productivity improvements.*
  • Over the course of one mandate, gradually abolish the personal capital gains tax by decreasing the inclusion rate from the current 50% down to 0%. When completed, this measure will put about $7 billion per year back into the pockets of Canadians.*

 

A People’s Party government will:

  • Reassert the authority and leadership of the federal government on internal trade.
  • Use section 91(2) of the Constitution, which gives Ottawa exclusive power to regulate matters of international and interprovincial trade, to force provinces to apply the principle of mutual recognition where applicable. This principle means that if a worker, product or service meets regulatory standards in one province, then other provinces will trust that they meet their own standards.
  • Appoint a Minister of Internal Trade whose sole responsibility will be to conduct studies, raise public awareness, counteract the influence of special interests that benefit from interprovincial barriers, and put pressure on provincial governments to get rid of them.

 

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Question: What is your party's plan for building strong cities in Canada?

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With a majority of Canadians living in urban centres, the federal government must have a strong relationship with the leaders of its municipal government in order to ensure the needs of urban Canadians are met.

There is only one taxpayer, and it is vital that all three levels of government work together to ensure wise stewardship of public funds, and efficient and effective delivery of public services.

Calgary area Conservative Members of Parliament have a strong history of reaching out to Calgary City Councillors and working collaboratively with them on projects such as the Green Line.

Good public policy starts with positive working relationships, and members of all three levels of government must constantly put partisan and personal differences aside to deliver for those we represent. A Conservative government would welcome strong positive interaction with the Mayor’s Office should he so choose, and continued positive interaction with the entirety of Calgary City Council.

A Conservative Government will work collaboratively with all municipalities to ensure that local priorities for infrastructure and policy are delivered, and that projects move forward in a timely and fiscally responsible basis.

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It is time to create a mechanism with a seat at the table for municipal governments. A Green government will support the model of collaborative federalism. Greens will create a Council of Canadian Governments, based on the one in use in Australia. The Council of Canadian Governments will work to set higher order policy priorities, with the goal of all orders of government using tax dollars wisely, through policy coherence, to tackle the issues that Canadians find most pressing, such as climate change and public safety. At the table will be the federal government, provincial governments, representatives of Big City Mayors and smaller and rural municipalities as well as Indigenous – First Nations Métis and Inuit governments. The creation of a Council of Canadian Governments and new federal tax transfers will ensure the federal government is a key partner in supporting municipal needs.

Greens believe it is time to give the municipal order of government the tools and support required to provide the fundamental services relied on by the vast majority of Canadians. With only 10 cents out of every tax dollar flowing to the municipal order of government, vast inequities in our governance structures and financial stability have been created. If these responsibilities are downloaded to municipalities, then revenue sharing agreements need to be reviewed to ensure that they have the funds to successfully fulfill those responsibilities.

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Strong cities drive a strong country forward, and our Liberal government believes in strong partnership with our municipal partners in a wide range of areas. Modern public infrastructure is key to promoting economic growth, strengthening the middle class and developing healthy, sustainable communities. That is why we renewed our commitment to municipalities and First Nations communities through the federal Gas Tax Fund and delivering much needed support for their local priorities.

Alberta has received the first of two $122 million annual installments of the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF), along with a top-up of $229.5 million, made available through Budget 2019. This top-up doubles the amount of money for Alberta communities, based on their allocations for 2018-19 GTF, enabling them to carry out infrastructure projects that support the well-being of their residents.

Through Canada’s Infrastructure Bank, we’ve approved more than 4,800 projects across the country—that’s more than four times what the previous government approved in the last five years of their mandate. For example, in Calgary, we are investing $166.6 million in the BMO Centre in Calgary which will more than double the size of the BMO Centre to almost one million square feet, transforming it into Canada’s second-largest facility, and create new spaces for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and consumer shows.

The National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary's East Village is benefitting from a significant investment in cultural infrastructure. MP Kent Hehr announced $5 million in support of Studio Bell, home of the NMC which supported three recording studios to be used by artists-in-residence; an integrated ticketing system; finishing of exhibition spaces; electrical, audiovisual and mechanical systems; and a public art piece.

To help the City of Calgary address it’s waitlist for over 4,000 affordable housing units, our Liberal Government also committed $28.4 million for construction of up to 665 new units. This was a major step forward in alleviating this demand and supported the construction of 12 affordable housing projects throughout the city.

We also believe that cities cannot be strong if they are not safe. We know that the large majority of firearm owners are responsible, and law abiding. They purchase their weapons legally, store them securely, use them responsibly and dispose of them properly. However, gun crime is on the rise, and too often people are killed or injured because criminals have used military-style assault rifles. These guns are designed to inflict mass casualties and have no place in Canada. That is why we are moving forward with a ban on all military-style assault rifles, including the AR-15, and will take other steps to keep people safe from gun violence. Canadians are tired of excuses and know that “thoughts and prayers” don’t make our communities any safer. Unlike Conservatives, who want to weaken Canada’s gun laws, we will make gun laws stronger.

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Strong cities are healthy cities and Jagmeet Singh’s New Deal for People will make people and communities healthier from coast to coast to coast. Our commitment to head-to-toe Medicare for all - including national public pharmacare and dental care – will ensure that everyday families get the care they need without having to worry about breaking the bank. We’ll invest in affordable housing to ensure that everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home. A national affordable public childcare system will make life more affordable for families. Our investments in public transit will help us tackle the climate crisis and will keep our cities moving. Together our New Deal will ensure that cities all across the country are stronger while growing our economy and making life better.

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Because the Federal government does not have legal jurisdiction or oversight on cities it is important to establish positive relationships with all parties involved. It is important to recognize that the strong cities encourage strong economic growth for the provinces and Canada. The People’s Party of Canada want to have less government involvement in provincial issues as this will encourage the citizens to be able to hold accountable the actions of their elected officials at all levels without the usual finger pointing that we see currently.

A People’s Party of Canada government will:

  • Eliminate all corporate subsidies and other inefficient government interventions (bailouts of failing companies, regional development grants, conditional loans and loan guarantees with an implicit subsidy, tax credits, etc.) that unfairly support some companies or business sectors. This will generate savings of between $5 billion and $10 billion a year.
  • Gradually reduce over the course of one mandate the corporate income tax rate from its current 15% down to 10%. When completed, this measure will make about $9.5 billion available to businesses, allowing them to increase salaries or invest in productivity improvements.*
  • Over the course of one mandate, gradually abolish the personal capital gains tax by decreasing the inclusion rate from the current 50% down to 0%. When completed, this measure will put about $7 billion per year back into the pockets of Canadians.*

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Question: Does your party commit to funding a portion of the construction of these important community facilities?

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Per above, Canada’s Conservatives are committed to working with the City of Calgary to identify key infrastructure priorities and work collaboratively to ensure that projects move forward. We are also cognizant of the tax burden many Calgarians are struggling to shoulder, and would work collaboratively to ensure that cost of living affordability is reflected in public spending decisions.

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Please refer to our answer in the section on the gas tax for complete information. The Green Party supports municipalities building arts and culture and sports facilities to build healthy, connected communities.

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Our government committed in August to helping fund one-third of the Arts Commons building project, as currently proposed, with a $80 million investment. As a party, we are pleased to support this important cultural project in the heart of Calgary, along with our provincial and municipal partners.

The Liberal Party remains committed to supporting the construction of a Fieldhouse in Calgary, given the need for a major, indoor athletic facility for a city of Calgary’s size. We are more than willing to partner with the City and with the province of Alberta to find a solution to help construct the Fieldhouse.

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Unfortunately, thanks to Liberal governments failure to invest and years of conservative government cuts, cities and towns across the country are dealing with a massive infrastructure deficit. Our cities and towns, and the people who live there, deserve better than empty liberal talk or conservative cuts. They deserve a government that’s going to invest in the projects we need to address the infrastructure deficit. Jagmeet Singh’s New Deal for cities and towns means a true partnership with provinces, territories, First Nations, and municipalities to deliver reliable public infrastructure funding that puts people – not profit – first. If elected, an NDP government would put in place a permanent, direct, allocation based funding mechanism for modern public transit across Canada for the long run. We’ll also step up investments now to help cities transition their bus fleets to electric, and to expand affordable rail and bus options in all parts of the country.

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The People’s Party of Canada believe that it is important that the funding for community projects be responsible and accountable. It is important to recognize city and provincial jurisdictions in these matters.

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Question: What is your party's position on immigration to Canada, and how will you ensure cities see the benefits of this immigration?

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Canada is a nation of immigrants that stands on the traditional territories of, and shoulder to shoulder with, First Nations and Indigenous persons.

The Conservative Party recognizes the vital role immigration plays in Canada. However, over the last four years under Justin Trudeau, our once strong, compassionate and fair immigration system has come under abuse. This is detrimental to Canadians and newcomers alike.

A Conservative government will work immediately to restore the fairness, order and compassion of our immigration system.

A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will seek to ensure that newcomers to Canada, like so many who have already done so, integrate into the Canadian economic and social fabric. The Conservative Party believes this principle is key to sustaining Canada’s pluralism, and that the best way to do this is to encourage and enable newcomers to become self-sufficient.

A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will ensure that our humanitarian immigration system prioritizes the world’s most vulnerable, and that our intake numbers reflect the cost realities of supporting the integration of those who have fled extreme persecution.

A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will directly link the number and skills of people seeking to enter Canada for economic reasons, to the needs of Canada’s economy.

We will:

  • End the politics of setting immigration levels. We will not treat immigration levels like an auction for votes. Instead, we will set the number of people who come to our country based on the needs of the economy and our capacity to integrate humanitarian immigrants;
  • Put an end to illegal border crossings by closing the loophole in the Safe-Third Country Agreement;
  • Stand up for families and ensure that spouses and children can be reunited;
  • Improve language training to ensure greater proficiency in English and French and newcomers’ ability to succeed economically and socially;
  • Revamp resettlement services to better support newcomers and manage to specific integration outcomes, unlike the current government’s policy of managing to dollars spent as a metric of success;
  • Improve credential recognition and make it easier for new Canadians who have existing skills that meet our standards to work here. We all lose out when doctors and engineers are not able to practice their profession;
  • Revamp Canada’s low skilled temporary foreign worker program to ensure that Canadians have the first crack at jobs in our country, while also ensuring that labour gaps in our economy are filled. Most importantly, we will do this by using concrete and nimble labour market data, so that the actual needs of our economy can be met;
  • Work more closely with provincial governments to ensure that immigration meets provincial labour needs and does not create unbudgeted strains on their social programs;
  • Reform Canada’s refugee resettlement system to prioritize victims of the four atrocity crimes and to encourage and facilitate greater use of the Privately-Sponsored Refugee Program;
  • Look at potential programs to expedite the reunion of genocide survivors who have resettled to Canada. This need was highlighted by the outcomes of the Yazidi genocide resettlement program; and
  • Establish a new and comprehensive mechanism to oversee the immigration consultant profession. This is necessary to better prevent fraud and abuse of newcomers to Canada.

 

More details on our Conservative vision for a fair, orderly and compassionate immigration system can be found here

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Canada must review its immigration policy, especially with the demographic imbalance escalating to the point where younger generations will be required to bear the burden of supporting our aging population. We need to attract immigrants and establish a system that is fair. Recent immigrants make almost 40 per cent less than workers born in Canada make. A Green government will make sure that all migrants are supported in achieving their hopes and ambitions as new Canadians. To do this, Greens will:

  • Ensure professionals being considered for immigration have the licensing requirements for their professions clearly explained before entry.
  • Work with professional associations to create a robust system for evaluating the education and training credentials of immigrants against Canadian standards, with the goal of expediting accreditation and expanding professional opportunities for immigrants.
  • Allocate much greater funding for training in official languages (ESL and FSL) for new immigrants through earmarked transfers to the provinces for primary and secondary public school and free night school programs.
  • Work with municipalities and provinces to improve the integration of new Canadians into the multicultural fabric of our country.
  • Increase funding of multicultural associations providing immigrant support programs including language programs.
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To keep our economy strong and growing, we will move forward with modest and responsible increases to immigration, with a focus on welcoming highly skilled people who can help build
a stronger Canada.

Immigration helps to make Canada more diverse – and more successful. In communities across the country, new Canadians work hard – teaching our children, caring for us when we’re sick, starting new businesses, and creating good jobs. These contributions are needed now more than ever before. As people in Canada grow older and family sizes grow smaller, many businesses and communities struggle to find enough workers, putting the services people rely on – and Canada’s strong economy – at risk.

To make sure that communities of all sizes are better able to attract and support new Canadians, we will more forward with a Municipal Nominee Program. This program will allow local communities, chambers of commerce, and local labour councils to directly sponsor permanent immigrants.

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Immigration makes Canada stronger. We welcome new talent and energy from around the world to build our communities and boost our economy. Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world – and we are richer and stronger for it. Unfortunately, not all parties or leaders in Ottawa and across the country agree. Some choose to dine out on dog whistle politics and spread division and anger for political gain. We’re on the side of newcomers and we’re in it for them because we know that immigrants strengthen our country.

A New Democrat government will take real action to make life better for immigrants and newcomers. We’ll work to ensure no one is separated from their loved ones for years because of backlogs. Jagmeet Singh will stand against those who would use fear of our neighbours to divide us and we’ll make communities safer and more welcoming. Our New Deal for People will make sure that our immigration policies and levels meet Canada’s labour-force needs and recognize people’s experiences, contributions and ties to Canada. We will work with the provinces to address gaps in settlement services and improve foreign credentials recognition.

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The People’s Party of Canada’s position on immigration is to listen to Canadians when it comes to numbers allowed. Currently 49% of Canadians polled suggest that current immigration numbers are too high.

A People’s Party government will:

  • Substantially lower the total number of immigrants and refugees Canada accept every year, from 350,000 to between 100,000 and 150,000, depending on economic and other circumstances.
  • Reform the immigration point system and the related programs to accept a larger proportion of economic immigrants with the right skills.
  • Accept fewer resettled refugees (see Refugees policy) and limit the number of immigrants accepted under the family reunification program, including abolishing the program for parents and grand-parents.
  • Limit the number of temporary foreign workers and make sure that they fulfil temporary positions and do not compete unfairly with Canadian workers.
  • Change the law to make birth tourism illegal.
  • Ensure that every candidate for immigration undergoes a face-to-face interview and answers a series of specific questions to assess the extent to which they align with Canadian values and societal norms (see Canadian Identity policy).
  • Increase resources for CSIS, the RCMP and Canadian Immigration and Citizenship to do interviews and thorough background checks on all classes of immigrants.

 

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Question: How will you ensure municipalities have access to the best employees and protect them from legislation like Quebec's Bill 21?

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The Conservative Party of Canada strongly believes that the freedom to practice religion is a fundamental right of all Canadians. Bill 21 was a decision made by Québec MNAs. A Conservative Government will not propose similar legislation at the federal level.

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Elizabeth May said in April 2019 that “Religious intolerance of this kind has no place in our society,” said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands) as she affirmed her party’s strong opposition to the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s proposal to ban public employees in a position of authority from wearing religious symbols.

“Canada is a multicultural society with a history of celebrating cultural diversity,” said Ms. May. “This bill is especially troubling given our national tradition of welcoming newcomers and embracing social and ethnic differences.”

Daniel Green, Deputy Leader of the Green Party and candidate for the riding of Outremont, adds, “An educator, math teacher, doctor or dentist who wears a hijab, kippah or turban should not be excluded from doing their job when he or she works for the province, a municipality, a school or a hospital. It’s what’s in people’s heads and not what’s on their heads that counts. The Green Party is on the side of freedom with regard to what people want to wear, while being for a secular state in our governance of the country.”

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Canada is a secular state and that is reflected across the full depth, breadth and history of our institutions. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the rights of every citizen. We should not and do not choose which rights we protect and which rights we do not. Our position is clear: is it not up to the State to dictate what people can or cannot wear regardless of their beliefs. We will continue to carefully follow this case, and while federal intervention at this stage would not be helpful, we will not close the door to intervening in a judicial matter that involves the protection of rights and freedoms.

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Immigration makes Canada stronger. We welcome new talent and energy from around the world to build our communities and boost our economy. Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world – and we are richer and stronger for it. Unfortunately, not all parties or leaders in Ottawa and across the country agree. Some choose to dine out on dog whistle politics and spread division and anger for political gain. We’re on the side of newcomers and we’re in it for them because we know that immigrants strengthen our country.

A New Democrat government will take real action to make life better for immigrants and newcomers. We’ll work to ensure no one is separated from their loved ones for years because of backlogs. Jagmeet Singh will stand against those who would use fear of our neighbours to divide us and we’ll make communities safer and more welcoming. Our New Deal for People will make sure that our immigration policies and levels meet Canada’s labour-force needs and recognize people’s experiences, contributions and ties to Canada. We will work with the provinces to address gaps in settlement services and improve foreign credentials recognition.

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A People’s Party government will:

  • Substantially lower the total number of immigrants and refugees Canada accept every year, from 350,000 to between 100,000 and 150,000, depending on economic and other circumstances.
  • Reform the immigration point system and the related programs to accept a larger proportion of economic immigrants with the right skills.
  • Accept fewer resettled refugees (see Refugees policy) and limit the number of immigrants accepted under the family reunification program, including abolishing the program for parents and grand-parents.
  • Limit the number of temporary foreign workers and make sure that they fulfil temporary positions and do not compete unfairly with Canadian workers.
  • Change the law to make birth tourism illegal.
  • Ensure that every candidate for immigration undergoes a face-to-face interview and answers a series of specific questions to assess the extent to which they align with Canadian values and societal norms (see Canadian Identity policy).
  • Increase resources for CSIS, the RCMP and Canadian Immigration and Citizenship to do interviews and thorough background checks on all classes of immigrants.

 

What some people find politically incorrect, offensive or even hateful cannot serve as the legal basis for discrimination and censorship. Canadians should be able to enjoy maximum freedom of conscience and expression as guaranteed in Section 2 of the Charter.

A People’s Party Government will:

  • Restrict the definition of hate speech in the Criminal Code to expression which explicitly advocates the use of force against identifiable groups or persons based on protected criteria such as religion, race, ethnicity, sex, or sexual orientation.
  • Repeal any existing legislation or regulation curtailing free speech on the internet and prevent the reinstatement of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
  • Repeal C-16 and M-103.
  • Ensure that Canadians can exercise their freedom of conscience to its fullest extent as it is intended under the Charter and are not discriminated against because of their moral convictions.
  • Withhold federal funding from any post-secondary institution shown to be violating the freedom of expression of its students or faculty.

 

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