Today, the campaign period for the 2019 federal election in Canada officially began after prime minister Justin Trudeau asked Governor General Julie Payette to dissolve parliament.

Believe it or not, it has already been four years since Trudeau and the Liberal Party won a majority government of 54% in the House of Commons. Since then, we've seen the good, the bad, and even the ugly sides of Trudeau's Liberals. 

Trudeau's domestic policies included the legalization of recreational marijuana, efforts to fight climate change, and the protection of the rights of women and minorities. Many of his supporters cite his track record of advocating for forward-thinking social policies as one of the reasons he deserves reelection. 

On the other hand, opponents of Trudeau and the Liberal government point to what they call a questionable relationship with oil and pharmaceutical companies, an "open-border policy" on refugees. Critics accuse the prime minister of being a "fake feminist" due to his treatment of former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and highlight the damning Ethic's Commission report on his role in the SNC-Lavalin scandal. 

But the question is, where do all the parties stand on the big issues that matter to you?

Below, we have outlined the stances of 5 federal political parties on three topics that matter to Montrealers: the environment, infrastructure, and immigration.

Conservative Party

Environment

  • Emissions caps to reduce smog-causing pollution.

  • Construction of a pipeline to bring Western oil to Quebec.

Infrastructure 

  • Public-private infrastructure investment to improve public transportation systems.

Immigration

  • Opposed to CAQ values test.

  • Will reduce immigration levels.

  • Secure border crossing at Roxham Road.

Green Party

Environment

  • Opposes Energy East pipeline plan

Infrastructure 

  • Energy retrofits for all buildings by 2030.

  • Investing in green transportation

Immigration

  • Would scrap the Safe Third Country Agreement, which is said to influence illegal border crossings at Roxham Road. 

Liberal Party

Environment

  • Would not support an oil pipeline to Quebec.

Infrastructure 

  • Has already made investments in Montreal, including for the blue line extension and new, giant park. 

Immigration

  • Critical of the CAQ's plan to reduce immigration levels.

  • Has already invested $250 million to help the province deal with the influx of migrants. 

New Democratic Party (NDP)

Environment

  • Opposed to Energy East.

Infrastructure

  • Will pledge money to help with the orange line relief extension and will move to electrify much of the public transport in Montreal.

Immigration

  • Will pledge another $73 million annually to help Quebec deal with immigration influx. 

  • Supports removing the Safe Third Country Agreement. 

People's Party of Canada

Environment

  • Opposes Energy East.

  • Denies Canada's climate emergency. 

  • Says that the federal government should not intervene on environmental matter pertaining to climate change.

Infrastructure 

  • Doesn't believe in federal investments for public transport or infrastructure. 

Immigration

  • Will secure border crossing at Roxham Road with a fence. 

  • Will reduce immigration levels throughout Canada. 

Despite holding consistent approval numbers throughout his term as Prime Minister, the love affair with Justin Trudeau has come to an end for many Canadians.

In 2016, Trudeau's approval rating hovered at around 65%. Today, Trudeau holds a marginal lead over Andrew Scheer's Conservatives at a 33% approval rating. Trudeau experienced an unprecedented 32% drop in popularity in almost three years. Clearly, Canada doesn't tolerate scandals as well as our southern neighbours.

One thing is certain — it's going to be an interesting 40 days.


The Federal election season is here and that means, MTL Blog's election coverage is in full swing! Throughout the month, we'll have interviews with candidates, party platform recaps, and election coverage that matters to all Montrealers.


 

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