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Youth Voter's Guide

Politics affect all of us. The government you choose will make decisions that will affect your student loans and debt, your job opportunities, your taxes, and more. Find out where the parties stand on the issues that matter to you.

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Conservative

NDP

Liberal

Green

Youth employment

Made cuts to federal youth employment programs and closed student job centres.

Will tackle high unemployment and the growth of precarious jobs for young people, institute a $15 an hour federal minimum wage, and provide labour protections for interns.

Will release information during election campaign.

Will create a nationwide employment and education initiative for youth ages 18-25 that would invest $5 billion to employ 160,000 youth over four years. Supports $15 minimum wage.

Education

Did not restore cuts to post-secondary education from previous governments. Allowed tuition fees to rise and average student debt to soar to $27,000.

Believes in reducing tuition fees and relieving student debt through needs-based grants.

Plans to increase the percentage of Canadians with post-secondary education to 70 per cent from the current rate of just over 50 per cent. May make student loans repayable according to income earned after graduation.

Will increase federal student grants by 25 per cent (at a cost of $173 million). Will work to eliminate student debt as a national goal.

Climate change

Pulled out of Kyoto, approved Northern Gateway and Line 9 pipelines, supports expansion of Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan pipelines. Severely cut environmental regulations to make it easier for oil and gas projects to get approved.

Will cancel Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and opposes Keystone XL pipeline. Critical of Line 9 pipeline. Supports pipeline projects if more review of impacts on jobs, climate and energy security, and Indigenous consultation conducted.

Will cancel Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Supports Keystone XL pipeline. Wants an environmental assessment of Energy East pipeline that includes climate change. Supports price on carbon.

Opposes all current pipeline projects. Critical of environmental regulatory changes.

Indigenous rights

Rejected the call for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. No commitment to implement truth and reconciliation recommendations.

Will call for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women in first 100 days of being elected. Will implement truth and reconciliation recommendations.

Supports an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Will implement truth and reconciliation recommendations.

Supports an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Says we need to act on truth and reconciliation recommendations.

Health care

Will cut $43.5 billion from health care funding. Encouraging private clinics by not enforcing the Canada Health Act. Cut funding to refugee health care. No national strategy for seniors’ care.

Supports medicare with 6% annual funding increase. Supports pharmacare. Will restore funding to refugee health care and implement national strategy for seniors’ care.

Support medicare, but no funding commitment. Support bulk drug buying by provinces but not pharmacare. Will restore funding to refugee health care. No national strategy for seniors’ care.

Support medicare with 6% annual funding increase. Support pharmacare. Will restore refugee health care funding and implement national strategy for seniors’ care.

Bill C-51

Introduced the bill.

Supports the bill, but wants greater oversight.

Opposes the bill.

Democracy

Passed the “Fair” Elections Act which disenfranchises tens of thousands of voters.

Voted against the “Fair” Elections Act and would repeal it. Supports proportional representation and would introduce it if elected.

Voted against the “Fair” Elections Act and would repeal it. Supports democratic reform. Would have a parliamentary committee study it and introduce legislation to change electoral system.

Voted against the “Fair” Elections Act and would repeal it. Supports proportional representation.

Legalizing marijuana

Does not support legalization. Increased sentences for possession and instituted mandatory jail sentences for growing.

Supports decriminalization. May study the issue and legalize use.

Supports legalization.

Supports legalization.

 

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