“Northerners like to be treated fairly, and that’s why in 2015 we were elected on a plan for investments, not cuts. Northerners rejected Stephen Harper’s Conservative plan to punish hard-working Canadians and reward already wealthy Canadians.”
(KENORA) September 29, 2019 — Today, Bob Nault, Liberal candidate for the Kenora Riding, announced the release of the 2019 Liberal Campaign Platform plans to make living in the North more affordable for Northerners:
“Over the past four years we have made great progress, both as a country and in the Kenora riding, by making strategic investments that help everyone get ahead,” stated Nault. “We’ve invested heavily in families, the economy, and protecting our environment. These are long-term investments and if we don’t invest now, our children will be left to do what we should have done.
“Yet there’s still more to do. In October, Canadians have a choice to make: keep moving forward, or go back to the politics of the slash and burn years of Stephen Harper.”
“Within the platform, there are a number of initiatives that will positively impact Northerners and their families. Earlier this year, we set a national target to ensure that 95 per cent of Canadian homes and businesses will have high- speed internet by 2026, and 100 per cent by 2030, no matter where they live in the country. This ambitious plan will help businesses grow, create new jobs, and connect more people to the resources, services, and information they need to build a better future.
“To ensure that every person in Canada has access to reliable, high-speed internet – including the 1.5 million households that would otherwise be underserved – we will move forward with building a fully connected Canada, including our rural, remote and northern communities.
“Living in the North can be expensive. Whether for school, medical appointments, or to visit with family, people who call Canada’s North home need to travel much longer distances – but the high cost of airfare makes it unaffordable for many. The current Northern Residents Deduction only allows people who already receive travel benefits through work to deduct travel costs. There’s no help for people whose work doesn’t help cover those costs.
“To make travel more affordable for everyone in the North, we will move forward with improvements to the Northern Resident Deduction, giving people living in the Northern Zone at least $1,200 in deductible travel costs, with $600 in deductible travel costs for people in the Intermediate Zone.
“Of course, we will also continue to build on our previous work, such as reducing the cost of living for families with children through the Canada Child Benefit. In addition, we are building more affordable housing with Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy and moving forward with the implementation of a National Pharmacare Plan.
“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made, but we have to keep moving forward – for families living in the North. There is no doubt that Andrew Scheer’s conservatives will make cuts, impacting education, healthcare, and in particular, he will make cuts to hard-working middle-class families.
“Northerners like to be treated fairly, and that’s why in 2015 we were elected on a plan for investments, not cuts. Northerners rejected the Harper Conservative plan to punish hard-working Canadians and reward already wealthy Canadians who don’t even need a tax cut.”
When a Liberal government is re-elected, the average family in Canada will benefit by:
- Saving $1,000 a year on their family’s cell phone plans by lowering bills by 25 per cent;
- Saving nearly $600 a year by lowering taxes for everyone but the wealthy;
- Increasing Old Age Security (OAS) by at least $729 for seniors over 75;
- Saving hundreds of dollars a month on mortgage payments when buying a first home;
- Getting an interest-free loan of up to $40,000, and hundreds of dollars in incentives, if Canadians want to retrofit their home and save more money on bills;
- Saving $800 a year by lowering fees for before and after school childcare;
- Increasing the Canada Child Benefit by $1,000 more per year for those younger than one to $7,750
- Getting more money by making maternity and parental benefits tax-free, and 15 weeks of paid leave if they adopt.