The Conservative Party of Canada have released their 2021 election platform, entitled “Canada’s Recovery Plan.”
Unlike past Conservative platforms, this one embraces a robust role for government in the economy through large cash injections to help businesses weather the pandemic crisis over the next two years.
“You’ll probably notice ideas that you haven’t heard from Conservatives like me before. It’s time for Conservatives to take inequality seriously, because that’s becoming more of a problem in our country,” O’Toole says in the opening paragraphs of the document.
The 160 page document has a variety of policies, including ending the Liberal party’s plan to create a national child care program. The CPC would instead flow money directly to parents to cover those costs.
The platform also promises to spend much more money on health care by boosting the annual growth rate of the Canada Health Transfer to at least six per cent from its current rate, which is tied to inflation.
But a key policy revolves around helping ailing retailers by implementing a “GST holiday”; a month-long break on federal sales tax to commence sometime this fall. All purchases at a retail store would be tax-free for a month – a plan that O’Toole says will “help [businesses] thrive and help us get a growing economy”.
The Conservative Party need an “out-the-box” plan if they stand a chance to win this election. Policies like a GST holiday will certainly peak Canadians’ interest, but the question is, will policies like this go far enough to retain disgruntled voters edging towards the PPC, and blue Liberals?
Elect Conservatives will review the plan and also connect with other parties for their platforms in the coming days.
In the meantime, you can read the full CPC platform, entitled “Canada’s Recovery Plan”, here.
(Photo credit: Michael Bell/CP)
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