Costly Election Promises – PPC Promises

Liberal promises will lead to four more years of deficits, each above $20 billion

That’s despite new revenues including 3% tax on digital giants and luxury tax on $100,000 plus cars and boats

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, fighting for his political life three weeks away from an election, is seeking a second mandate from voters to increase the nation’s debt to deliver tax cuts and spending.

In a costed platform released Sunday, the incumbent Liberals detailed a $57 billion plan over four years — worth about half a per cent of annual gross domestic product — and pledged to pay for it with fresh borrowing, should they retain power.

At Bernier’s First Western Canada Visit, Cheers for Call to Cut ‘Big Fat Government’

People’s Party of Canada supporters packed into a Surrey Sheraton hotel on Wednesday to cheer, hoot and whistle as leader Maxime Bernier promised to defund the CBC, abolish the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and pull Canada out of the Paris Agreement on combatting human-triggered climate change.

The business town hall was hosted by the Surrey Board of Trade as part of a series of public events with federal party leaders. Andrew Scheer of the Conservatives, Elizabeth May of the Greens and Jagmeet Singh of the NDP made appearances earlier this year.

UCP government orders school boards to remove ‘public’ from names

The Alberta government has ordered a number of school divisions to remove “public” from their names, and while the education minister says it “changes nothing,” others are concerned about the future of public schools.

In a ministerial order effective Sept. 1, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange changed the names of multiple public school divisions:

In a statement posted to her Facebook page, LaGrange said public divisions can continue to use their current branding.

An Edmonton Public Schools spokesperson told CTV News Edmonton it will continue to use that name, and it will only have to change its name on legal documents.

Colorado city ends topless ban after spending $300G defending it in court

Fort Collins, Colo. formally removed a public ordinance that banned women from going topless in public in a win for the ‘Free the Nipple’ movement.

The city decided after spending more than $300,000 defending the ordinance in court against two women who sued for discrimination that it wasn’t worth the cost, NBC News reported.

“The money was just better spent on other city priorities,” a Fort Collins government spokesperson said.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in February that the law discriminated against women, writing it reinforced “negative stereotypes depicting women’s breasts, but not men’s breasts, as sex objects.”

Yes, Quebec is a nation, Justin Trudeau says July 5, 2016

Yes, Quebec is a nation – now let’s move on, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.

“Canada is a nation, Quebec is a nation,” Trudeau told reporters Tuesday when he was asked about the controversy that erupted over a video he posted on his Facebook page on Canada Day.

In it, Trudeau said that on July 1 Canadians celebrate “when the people of this great land came together, and forged one nation, one country — Canada.”

That infuriated some sovereignists with Parti Québécois leadership candidate Martine Ouellette describing it as “a direct insult” to the Quebec nation.

Quebec to get $13.1 billion for 2019-2020 in federal equalization

Equalization payments are among four types of financial support to provincial and territorial governments – including Canada Health Transfer, Canada Social Transfer and Territorial Formula Financing – “to assist them in the provision of programs and services,” according to a Department of Finance website.

British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador have not received equalization payments at least since 2010, a trend that will continue in the 2019-2020 period, according to Department of Finance data. Ontario joins those four provinces for 2019-2020 and will not receive equalization, a first since 2010 for the country’s most populous province. Its last equalization payment in 2018-2019 came to $963 million.

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