Posted by Joanna Smith, Ottawa Bureau
As the New Democratic leadership race picks up pace this winter, more and more candidates are releasing more and more policy proposals to let members know where they stand on given issues. I wanted to collect them in a central place to help me compare/contrast/keep track of them and figured I might as well share it with you.
Below is what I hope is a comprehensive list of policy proposals on a number of issues the candidates have released so far. I will try to update this list regularly as more are released. Please note there is no analysis here, and the summaries are more like keywords to help me sort them out. I have provided links to the campaign websites so that you can refer to the primary sources for more details. Please also note that I tried to keep this list to actual proposals (with varying levels of detail) and excluded vague "calls" for this or that or general statements on the topic of the day. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
I hope you find this useful as the race progresses. Please feel free to tell everyone what you think of them (and let me know if I am missing any) in the comments section.
Niki Ashton: Dec. 3 - A 10-point plan that takes a wholistic look at how the economy can be more inclusive, including plans for child care, a job growth fund, affordable housing, engaging the labour movement along with business in developing the economy and making education and training more accessible.
Nathan Cullen: Feb. 19 - appoint a minister of manufacturing, annual report to industry minister that sets targets for job creation, increase capital cost allowance to five years, increase corporate tax rate to 20 per cent, differentiated corporate tax rate of 25 per cent for oil and gas companies, reduce tax treatment for stock option capital gains, require shareholder approval of executive pay packages, go after tax havens, introduce new personal income tax bracket beginning at $300,000, national poverty reduction plan
Peggy Nash: Dec. 2 - increase value of natural resources while decreasing their environmental impact, long-term federal investments in infrastructure, transport and energy projects, improve access to modern telecommunications technologies while boosting Canadian content, better income security programs, strengthen links between social programs and economic goals.
Brian Topp: Nov. 28 - higher tax rate (35 per cent) for those earning more than $250,000, reform capital gains tax, modernize treatment of stock options, increase corporate tax rate by 1.5 per cent each year until it reaches 22.12 per cent
Jan. 13 - enhance federal legislation for credit union, renewed federal labour-sponsored venture capital program, allocate five per cent of Export Development Canada programming to small and medium-sized businesses.
Niki Ashton: Jan. 11 - national standards, Pharmacare, accessible dental care, more focus on primary care teams, rural health care, strategy to improve health in First Nations, Metis and LGBT community.
Nathan Cullen: Nov. 24 - A list of ways targeting the better use, production and sourcing of energy, including energy-efficent homes, a national public transit strategy, training for clean energy jobs, eliminating subsides to the oil and gas sector, cutting them for nuclear power, appointing a minister for energy security, mapping renewable energy resources in Canada and getting the premiers together for a meeting on energy competitiveness.
Paul Dewar: Jan. 11 - cap and trade system, permanent Green Retrofits Fund (residential/commercial), remove tax benefits for oil and gas industries, investments in renewable energy sector, improve grid to reach goal of 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2030, reduce government energy costs
Peggy Nash: Jan. 18 - focus on cities and green jobs, national transit strategy with 10-year funding horizon, new Canada Green Buildings fund, permanent inventory of pre-approved green infrastructure projects and speed up funding to stimulate economy when needed, mandate CMHC to support investments in energy efficiency, revise national building and energy codes and bring all federal buildings up to these higher standards and Feb. 23 - reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent 1990 levels by 2050, cap-and-trade system, restore ecoENERGY Retrofit with focus on low-income housing and new financing options for single-family homes, direct incentives for renewable energy technology, end federal subsidies for oil and gas sector, enhance Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Species at Risk Act
Martin Singh: Feb. 1 - expand National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, cap-and-trade system, improve and expand ecoEnergy retrofit program, Green Trust Fund to help businesses become more energy efficent and engage in renewable energy sector, national sustainable transportation strategy, national conservation plan, national water strategy, remove amendment to Federal Fisheries Act that allows natural water bodies to be converted to waste dumps for mines, make federally funded environmental research accessible and independent through integrity policy for communicating science, Canadian Centre for Climate Change Science, improve environmental assessments
Brian Topp: Feb. 16 - reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, end federal tax subsidies for oil and gas producers, cap-and-trade system, home and industrial retrofit program, phase out "carbon-intense" fuels like coal and invest in renewable energy, national transit strategy, get gas-burning cars out of cities, Canadian Energy Strategy that includes slower pace of oil sands development and phasing out toxic tailing ponds within a decade, $200 million a year for five-year Great Lakes Initiative, legally binding ban on oil tankers off northwest Pacific coast, Safe Chemicals, Safe Kids Act, stop producing and exporting chrysotile asbestos
Nathan Cullen: Nov. 29 - hold a national referendum on reforming the electoral system (Cullen supports mixed-member proportional representation), abolish the Senate, restore political subsidies, hold a plebiscite on the future of the monarchy in Canada
Paul Dewar: Dec. 7 - Link per-vote subsidy to number of female candidates
Peggy Nash: Feb. 27 - make replacing first-past-the-post electoral system with proportional representation a top priority, target message at non-voters as a way to get them to vote for NDP, Royal Commission on Electoral Reform
FOREIGN AFFAIRS/INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Nathan Cullen: Dec. 21 - includes renegotiating trade agreements to include "real" labour and environmental standards, ensuring Canadian goods have access to foreign markets for new agreements and building support for a currency speculation tax and Feb. 19 - modernize Investment Canada Act to block foreign takeovers in key sectors without transparent net benefit to Canada
Paul Dewar: Feb. 10 - Centre for Peacebuilding and Human Security, oppose Canadian engagement in military conflict with Iran, Responsibility to Protect, work towards devoting 0.7 per cent of Canada's GDP to fighting global poverty, promote Canadian International Development Agency to full department, focus on empowerment of women and girls, reinstate funding for NGOs that perform abortions, make climate change a focus of foreign policy, free trade agreements that protect human rights, corporate social responsibility
Thomas Mulcair: Feb. 7 - focus on preventing rape as a weapon of war, merge CIDA into DFAIT, cancel purchase of F-35 fighter jets, strengthen military's ability to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises, preferential trade to countries that respect human rights and climate change, corporate social responsbility, develop global treaty to replace Kyoto, include Brazil and India on UN Security Council, better benefits for veterans
Peggy Nash: Feb. 10 - 0.7 per cent of GDP to fighting global party with increase of $500 million per year, export generic medications to impoverished countries, implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Women, reinstate funding to NGOs providing abortions, support global campaign to end conflict-related gender violence, leading role in climate change negotiations, promote LGBT rights foreing policy priority
Romeo Saganash: long-term, preventative, global approach to diplomacy
Brian Topp: Feb. 24 - work with United States and European Union on developing balanced taxation policy, fair trade agreements, abandon the construction of pipelines to increase exports of bitumen to the U.S. and China, truth and reconciliation process in Sri Lanka, two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian dispute, re-engage in Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, invest 0.7 per cent of GDP in UN Millennium Development Goals, gender analysis for humanitarian aid, pass Canada's Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) legislation, better benefits for veterans, review military procurement procedures
Niki Ashton: Dec. 21 - lower dollar value for screening
Peggy Nash: Jan. 3 - reduce review threshold to $100 million, explicit and transparent criteria for "net benefit to Canada" test, community involvement in decision, public disclosure and enforcement of all commitments by potential investors
Paul Dewar: Dec. 15 - monthly stipend, relocation cost and scholarship for students who spend a year volunteering for a non-profit organization ($200 million for first year of implementation), dedicated transfer of $800 million to provinces to reduce tuition fees, expand student grant program, reduce interest to student debt to the prime rate.
Nathan Cullen: Dec. 15 - strategy includes input from First Nations, Inuit and local people in decisions on infrastructure and natural resource development, reducing reliance on diesel, making finishing modern treaty negotiations with Northern Aboriginal people a priority, an Arctic University
Peggy Nash: Feb. 1 - access to water, education and housing for Aboriginal communities, passenger rail to connect communities, forgive student loans for doctors who commit to practicing in the North for at least 10 years
Paul Dewar: Jan. 24 - includes federal ban on bulk water exports, funding for public water infrastructure and delivery projects, safe drinking water on all reserves in 10 years, research and development in water conservation systems, global leadership on water issues
ARTS AND CULTURE
Paul Dewar: Nov. 7 - income tax averaging for artists and cultural workers, extending federal income support to self-employed, freelance and part-time workers, remove federal income tax on first $15,000 professional artists earn from copyright and residual payments.
Brian Topp: Jan. 20 - cultural industries investment fund for the rest of Canada (like SODEC in Quebec), overhaul the CBC on television and the Internet (including a suggestion to provide multiple channels), modernization of the Broadcast Act and better enforcement of Canadian content requirements, improve federal income support and taxation policies for professional artists
Thomas Mulcair: Feb. 19 - dedicate one additional cent from the gas tax to public transit in municipalities, devote $500 million annually to public transit and eventually increase to $2 billion annually and Feb. 21 - make co-op housing a priority and reinvest in rental housing through Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Niki Ashton: Feb. 24 - more federal funding for community-based economic development organizations, allow producers to vote on future of marketing boards (eg. Canadian Wheat Board), encourage New Generation Co-operatives to give producers bigger share of profits from crops, support shortline rail to reduce costs of transporting goods to market, improve rural access to clean drinking water, family doctors and Canada Post, keep CBC stations open in rural and northern communities
Thomas Mulcair: Jan. 11 - double maximum pension benefit to $1920/month, increase Guaranteed Income Supplement, create a new pension exchange ("CPP+/QPP+") to give all Canadians access to a defined benefits pension plan, develop a national pension insurance program
Paul Dewar: Feb. 22 - end federal interference in collective bargaining, bring in federal version of Manitoba's "60-day rule" that mandates the Canada Industrial Relations Board to settle a strike or lockout with binding arbitration after that time period, ban the use of replacement workers, reduce injury rate in federal workplaces, federal minimum wage, reject bill C-377, extend language rights to all Quebecers in federally regulated industries, enforce "Westray Bill" enabling criminal charges for workplace deaths
Peggy Nash: Jan. 13 - new Canada Innovation Fund, a new Canada Development Bank for pre-commercial and commercial fiscal support, tax credit for investing in high-tech new machinery and equipment, make it easier to commercialize university-based research and development
Martin Singh: national strategy for innovation and entrepreneurship
Thomas Mulcair: Jan. 22 - 50 per cent of all appointments to boards of Crown corporations and federal agencies go to women, implement recommendations from 2004 Pay Equity Task Force, improved maternity benefit rules, six months leave from work to care for ailing relatives, restore Court Challenges program, improved firearms registry, national plan to end violence against Aboriginal women, universal child care program, re-establish Status of Women Canada as a full ministry
Peggy Nash: Jan. 11 - return an amended version of the federal long-gun registry and protect its data through legislation, Royal Commission on the Status of Women, employment equality, focus on violence toward First Nations, Métis and Inuit women and girls, increase support for women and families
Niki Ashton: Jan. 13 - endorses the proposals put forward by the 'Regina B Team', including ending homophobic bullying in schools, funding for anti-homophobia organizations, reversing blanket MSM ban for donating blood or organs, add gender identity/expression to Canadian Human Rights Act, endorsing the Montreal Declaration on LGBT Human Rights to protect queer rights in foreign countries
Peggy Nash: Dec. 11 - implement the NDP's Trans Rights Bill, restore long-term federal funding for HIV/AIDS/HCV epidemics in Canada, advocate for LGBT rights in foreign affairs, support provincial and local anti-bully initiatives
Brian Topp: Jan. 26 - implement the NDP's Trans Rights Bill, national anti-bullying strategy, review legislation/policy on assisted human reproduction and ensure access for LGBTTQ families, inclusive and non-discriminatory health care for seniors