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Can Trudeau Keep His Promises?

Trudeau has once again led his party to victory, however, will the Liberals be able to keep the promises they have made? And if so, which pledges will be the hardest to deliver?

Child-care plan
The Liberals have promised child care that would only cost $10 per day, which could save families tens of thousands of dollars per year.

However, the provinces and the federal government would have to work together for this plan to be successful.

Even if negotiations go smoothly will parents actually be able to find spots given there is already a huge waiting list for child-care spots in major cities across the country?

Climate goals
The liberals plan to achieve a 40 to 45 percent reduction in emissions by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.

However, according to government statistics, since Trudeau has been elected, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions have risen every year.

In 2015, Trudeau vowed to protect 17 percent of Canada’s land and freshwater by the end of 2020. He stated he would eliminate boil water advisories in Indigenous communities by March 2021. He also said he’d ban single-use plastics.

So far, none of these objectives have come to light.

Housing
The Liberals have promised to address Canada’s housing crisis. They plan to build, preserve or repair 1.4 million homes over the next four years and provide $2.7 billion in increased funding for the National Housing Co-investment fund.

To help Canadians afford a new home, the Liberals would have to ban blind bidding and provide $1 billion in loans and grants to help facilitate a home purchase.

Health Care
The Liberals have said all Canadians will have access to a family doctor and can afford prescription medication. They plan to provide $3 billion over five years to support the application of higher standards for long-term care homes.

When it comes to mental health, the Liberals have promised $150 million for mental health and PTSD projects targeting those impacted by COVID-19 and $4.5 billion over five years for a Canada Mental Health Transfer. The party would also implement a three-digit mental health crisis hotline.

Given the current state of health care in rural communities, this seems like a tough goal to accomplish.

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