Canada’s Top 10 Federal Priorities for 2019
Many of you have told me about the everyday challenges you face and how you are worried about your future. The federal government has an important role in addressing many of those challenges and shaping a better future. Our federal government must be bold as it builds our nation for tomorrow while balancing the current needs of its citizens such as effectively providing federal services and governing the country. Your economic security depends upon a government that sets the right priorities and strong federal leadership that delivers on them. As 2018 came to a close, we made a list of Canada’s Top 10 Priorities for 2019.
I asked constituents to fill out a survey to rank Canada’s Top 10 Federal Priorities and let us know where they think the government should focus its attention and spend its time and money in 2019. See how the residents of Aurora–Oak Ridges–Richmond Hill ranked the priorities with details on each priority below. Provide me with your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Balance the Budget and Manage Government Finances
- Make Canada Competitive
- Achieve Energy Security
- Federal Leaders with Ethics and Integrity
- Invest and Maintain Federal Infrastructure
- Deliver Modern, Fair and Efficient Federal Services
- Commit to Canada’s Defence & Security
- Informed Foreign Policy
- Preserve the Environment
- Nation Build – An Arctic Strategy and Digital Infrastructure
#1 – Balance the Budget and Manage Government Finances –The deficit will reach $31 Billion by 2020 and Canada’s market debt is over $1 Trillion. More spending today means severe cuts to federal programs, increased taxes, job cuts
#2 – Make Canada Competitive –Foreign capital investment is rapidly leaving Canada and multi-national corporations like GM and Bombardier are closing assembly lines and laying off workers. Canada must reverse this trend and focus on creating the conditions that attract and retain these industries such as reforming tax structures, regulatory frameworks, and trade agreements.
#3 – Achieve Energy Security –Canada has enough energy and natural resources to be self-sufficient and therefore, we do not need to be dependent upon foreign regimes. Instead, our current situation has Canadians selling our oil at a punishing discount while we pay a premium to import foreign oil from countries that have questionable human rights policies and significantly lower environmental regulations than ours. Canada needs to achieve energy security not only by building a pipeline but having a comprehensive national resource plan that ensures that we are not at the mercy of foreign nations to meet our energy and natural resource needs.
#4 – Federal Leaders with Ethics and Integrity –Canadians value democracy, integrity and the rule of law; they expect their federal leaders to hold themselves to a high ethical standard. However, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and a number of Federal Ministers have undermined public confidence in them and the federal government as an institution with violations ranging from receiving inappropriate gifts to not disclosing
#5 – Invest and Maintain Federal Infrastructure – Federal infrastructure such as roads, railways, airports, and seaports ensure people and goods get to market and builds Canada for the future. Without this spending, Canada loses trade revenue and foreign companies choose not to grow in Canada. In addition, existing federal infrastructure such as dams and bridges are in desperate need of maintenance and refurbishment. Budget 2018 revealed that the federal government didn’t spend the money they promised on planned infrastructure and they have delayed $3.6 Billion in infrastructure to future years.
#6 – Deliver Modern, Fair
# 7 – Commit to Canada’s Defence & Security – The issues to the state of our Armed forces is extensive, examples of which are: spending on new equipment for Canada’s Armed Forces is $2.5B less than planned; the procurement of new fighter aircraft has been delayed in
#8 – Informed Foreign Policy – Canadians are distressed as they witness a pattern of undiplomatic behavior as shown by our Prime Minister’s India Trip and Foreign Affairs Minister’s flippant diplomacy by tweet. Foreign Policy is complex and as a mid-size power, Canada must understand not only what our values are, but also what is at stake in our economic, trade and foreign relationships. Canada must have a comprehensive and informed foreign policy that balances our values with sovereignty, economic security
#9 Preserve the Environment – Implementing a punishing carbon tax that has shown not to be successful in reducing
#10 – Nation Build – An Arctic Strategy & Digital Infrastructure – After 150 years since confederation Canada now needs to have a big bold vision for where the country will go for the next 150 years. In 1867, Canada built a railway, uniting the country from east to west and providing the foundation for the economic prosperity that followed. Today we need to build a
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