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Canada votes: Platform highlights from Andrew Scheer's Conservative Party

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer delivers a campaign speech to supporters in Little Harbour, Nova Scotia, Thursday Oct. 17, 2019. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Since the beginning of the election campaign, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has been telling Canadians that Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau is “not as advertised” and should not be Canada’s prime minister following the election. The Conservative platform highlights its goal to help Canadians “get ahead,” promising to lower taxes for people across the country.

Here are some highlights from the Conservative Party’s platform:

Taxes

  • Reduce the tax rate on income under $47,630 from 15 per cent to 13.75 per cent by Jan. 1, 2023 (reaching 14.5 per cent on Jan. 1, 2021 and 14 per cent on Jan. 1, 2022)

  • Remove GST from home energy bills

  • Introduce a Green Public Transit Tax Credit

  • Reduce the number of hours required to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan from 14 to 10 hours per week

  • Increase the Adoption Expense Tax Credit to $20,000 and make it refundable

  • Introduce a single tax return in Quebec

Housing

  • Work with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions to remove the stress test from mortgage renewals

  • Extend the maximum amortization period on insured mortgages for first-time home buyers to 30 years

  • Introduce a two-year 20 per cent refundable tax credit for green home renovations between $1,000 and $20,000 (available in 2020 and 2021)

  • Introduce the Build More Homes Competition to empower municipalities to build more homes

Health

  • Invest $1.5 billion in its first term to purchase MRI machines and CT machines across Canada

  • Develop a National Autism Strategy with an initial investment of $50 million over five years

Seniors

  • Expand the Age Credit by $1,000

  • Allow a senior couple earning less than $37,790 each will receive the full Age Credit and save $300

  • Seniors earning more than $37,790 will receive the Age Credit with the amount declining as incomes rise until it is phased out at an income of $87,750

  • Maintain the Old Age Security at age 65

  • Allow the transfer of an underfunded pension plan to another and restrict bonuses for the executives of companies who underfund their pension funds and go through bankruptcy

Climate Change and Environment

  • Scrap the federal carbon tax

  • Create a National Energy Corridor to carry energy and resources from coast to coast

  • Repeal Bill C-69

  • End the ban on shipping traffic for Canadian oil on the northern coast of British Columbia

  • Build the Trans Mountain pipeline

  • Expand the mandatory application of the major emitters policy from facilities emitting 50 kt of CO2 eq. to facilities emitting 40 kt of CO2 eq. per year

  • Reduce the tax rate to 5 per cent on income that is generated from green technology developed and patented in Canada

  • Review and modernize air quality standards

  • Ban exports of plastic waste unless it can be shown that it will be recycled at its destination

  • Standardize regulations for plastics recycling

Immigration and Refugees

  • Attract and keep the “best and brightest” in Canada

  • Encourage economic immigrants to consider jobs in remote parts of the country

  • Remove the annual cap on the number of sponsorship applications that can be submitted

  • Prioritize genocide survivors, LGBTQ+ refugees, and internally displaced people in the Government-Assisted Refugees program

  • Put an end to illegal border crossings at unofficial points of entry by “closing the loophole” in the Safe Third Country Agreement

Child care

  • Remove federal income tax from EI maternity and EI parental benefits by providing a tax credit

  • Introduce the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, up to $1,000 per child, each year and parents of children with disabilities can claim an additional $500 per child, per year

  • Introduce the Children’s Arts and Learning Tax Credit, which will allow parents to claim up to $500 per child each year and parents of children with disabilities can claim double the amount

Governance

  • Launch a judicial inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin scandal

  • Allow the RCMP to make an application to the Supreme Court of Canada to access information protected by Cabinet confidence

  • Strengthen penalties for violations of the Conflict of Interest Act