Conservative election platform released

 

On the eve of the Thanksgiving weekend, Canada’s federal Conservative Party released its 2019 Federal Election Platform.

 

Regulatory Modernization

  • Reduce the federal regulatory burden by 25% over 4 years by setting targets for each minister and each department.
  • Implement a 2-for-1 rule requiring the federal government to get rid of two regulations before imposing any new one.
  • Assign responsibility for red tape reduction to a minister reporting directly to the Prime Minister.
  • Eliminate, where possible, regulatory discrepancies and duplication with the provinces.
  • Call on experts from the private sector to support the cost-benefit analysis that accompanies all new regulations.

 

Innovation

  • Mandate all ministers and regulators to support innovation, economic growth and competitiveness.
  • Appoint an expert panel to review Canada’s innovation programs to improve Canada’s competitiveness to attract more jobs and investment.

 

Jobs

  • Implement an Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Strategy.
  • Encourage new economic immigrants to consider jobs in rural and remote parts of the country.
  • Rework the Temporary Foreign Workers Program to better align it with domestic needs including:
    • Create a trusted employer system.
    • Establish clear standards and timelines for Labour Market Impact Assessments.
    • Revise zoning regions to make sure rural areas are not lumped into large geographic areas with urban hubs.
    • Establish a path to permanence by allowing employers to sponsor applications for permanent residency.

 

Other measures of interest to the food industry include:

  • Repeal the Liberal government’s Carbon Tax and introduce a new system based on Green Investment Standards.
  • Develop a nationally harmonized regulatory regime for plastics recycling, including elements of extended producer responsibility and harmonized standards for products and packaging containing plastics.
  • Break down interprovincial trade barriers.
  • Sign free trade agreements with Mercosur, ASEAN, and the UK.
  • Help farmers and agri-food businesses hit by market uncertainty.
  • Deliver compensation to farmers affected by free-trade deals.
  • Defend Canada’s system of supply management.
  • Apply for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) negligible risk status.