Liberal and New Democratic members supported a number of leftist policies at last weekend’s convention following Easter, but it is doubtful that many will enter the election platform.
At the Liberal Party’s national convention, held online April 8-10, party representatives adopted the national Pharmacare program as a top priority. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau supports this premise, as the party has been doing since 1997. But in February, he voted against the NDP’s legislative bill, saying the bill ignored state jurisdiction.
Even if the Liberal delegation passed two resolutions in favor of UBI and ranked their importance second and fifth, Trudeau is unlikely to move Basic Income (UBI) forward. Last December, Trudeau said of UBI, “I don’t see a way forward right now.”
Parliamentary Budget Officer Eve Gillow recently rose to $ 85 billion from 2021 to 22 and $ 93 billion from 2025 to 26. UBI gives singles $ 17,000 a year and a poverty rate of one year. Estimated to reduce it by almost half. However, in a collaborative study released in January by scholars from three Canadian universities, more funding to support disability assistance, dental care programs, and the rent of the working poor is a better approach than UBI. I concluded.
In total, Liberal Party representatives have passed 26 resolutions to become the official party policy. Nine expanded the welfare state, seven tackled the green economy or the environment, three tackled infrastructure, two tackled minority issues, and five related to other issues.
The NDP Convention, held April 9-11, was in line with the Liberal Party by supporting the transition to green energy and the recommendations of a national survey of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
On some issues, NDP went a step further. The parties have resolved to bring high-speed Internet to remote areas, but the NDP wants to set up a federal royal corporation to carry out its mission. The Liberal Party wants to enforce national standards for long-term care facilities, and the NDP delegation wants the same, but also proposes the abolition of commercial care facilities that are drawn into the public health system. ..
The NDP delegation narrowed down 500 policy proposals to a list of 140 candidates. However, due to technical difficulties and points of order that hindered the discussion, the time limit allowed only 13 discussions. Several radical proposals have been shelved, including the phasing out of the Canadian Army, the nationalization of the automobile industry, and the “abolition of millionaires” by imposing 100% tax on all assets over $ 1 billion. I did.
Still, the delegation overwhelmingly agreed with an 80% tax rate on income over $ 1 million and a 1% annual tax rate on personal assets over $ 20 million. This deviated from the party’s position under former leader Tom Malcare, who called taxes over 50 percent “confiscated.” In 2012, France adopted a 75% tax on annual incomes in excess of € 1 million, but abandoned it two years later because it did not make much money.
More than 80% of NDP representatives “end all trade and economic cooperation with Israeli-Palestinian illegal settlements” and “until Palestinian rights are upheld, all weapons and related materials with Israel He supported a resolution calling for “suspending bilateral trade.”
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said at a press conference on April 11 that he “strongly believes in Israel’s existence,” but the resolution “heard from international human rights groups and said it was necessary. It is based on evidence. ” “Pressure to achieve a solution” to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
“That’s what I support. To achieve a peaceful solution, we, as the international community, need to use our tools to achieve it,” he said. He refused to say whether to include policy as part of his election platform.
Mr Shin said the proposal to abolish millionaires is a “expression of people’s frustration” with “absurd inequality in today’s society.” However, he said he opposed the phasing out of the military.
Weighted by political scientists
Professor Nelson Wiseman of the University of Toronto considered the tournament a pre-election political drama.
“The function of the so-called policy treaty was not about policy. In the case of liberals, it was to introduce Trudeau, Mark Carney. And importantly, what was happening in their workshop. It wasn’t policy-oriented, but they were overwhelmingly oriented to fight elections, “Wiseman told The Era.
Some NDP resolutions included measures to combat racial discrimination, concrete strategies to prevent hate crimes against Asians, and a statement of solidarity with Indian farmers.
“”[Identify politics] It’s not a complete takeover of NDP, but it’s there … and Shin is working on it. But identity politics has taken over the liberals, “Wiseman said.
“NDPs aren’t going to form a government, so they’re all like the sky in a way. Much more relevant is what the Liberal Party proposes. And most interestingly, they I thought it was a vote against the increase in capital gains tax. “
The Liberal Party Convention had more than 10,000 participants, and the NDP claimed about 2,000 participants. Royce Coup, a professor of political science at the University of Manitoba, wishes more.
“There are people in these parties, there are Canadians who are energetic and focused on these questions, and it’s a shame they aren’t there anymore, and perhaps the main reason is after the treaty is over. Means that these policy resolutions have no impact on the real world. “
Leaders and campaign teams have a greater say, Coup said in an interview.
“They choose a policy to implement based on polling, focus groups, and segmentation, and if it happens to match their resolutions in the past, that’s great.”
“I can’t imagine UBI right away,” Coup said. “It’s an interesting and very familiar dynamic, with Liberal members pushing ideas from the left, and receiving a cold shoulder from the party’s leadership.” Said. … The left side is the Liberal Party campaign, and the right side is the rule. “
Allen Mills, a former political scientist at the University of Winnipeg, said online conventions make even less change than traditional conventions.
“As long as everything is virtually done, it’s hard for them to create a great position, and that doesn’t seem to be perfectly correct, but seeing both parties position themselves in the light of the next election. I think we can do it, “he said.
Liberals have been centre-left since 1965 and “if they are reelected, they will not follow up on some of these policies,” Mills said. I think it’s a solid pattern. “
“As long as it differs in terms of relative radicalism, it’s because the NDP doesn’t want to lose to the centre-left, and I think the centre-left is happy to be a little to the left by the centre-left. Of course, it just left their image. Not because it strengthens as a kind of wide-ranging party that is center-left. “