BLUESKY BRIEF - September 1st

This summer’s heat dome, drought and wildfires could become more common in the years to come and as a result, climate change could shape the vote in the 2021 election. According to a recent Angus Reid Institute poll, “one-in-five Canadians (18%) surveyed say climate change is the most important issue to them” For those voters, two-in-five (41%) are currently planning to vote Liberal, followed by the NDP at 36%.


Each federal party leader has unveiled where each of their party’s stand on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, methane) which means climate change is now trending on the campaign trail.

So what do each of the plans mean for Canadian voters?

In today’s Brief, we lay out each plan in these handy, printable reference guides to give you a better idea of each party's climate plan before the vote on September 20th. You can also go directly to the party’s plan by clicking on each photo. Details of the Green Party of Canada’s climate plan have not been released at this time.

Speaking in Ottawa, Libera leader Justin Trudeau announced that a re-elected Liberal government “would move forward to deliver better mental health care for Canadians, particularly those who need it most.” This would include:

  • Providing permanent, ongoing funding for mental health services through a new Canada Mental Health Transfer to provinces and territories to deliver high-quality, accessible, and free mental health services for more Canadians;

  • Introducing a new fund for student well-being to increase access to mental health care at colleges and universities by hiring 1,200 new counsellors;

  • Establishing a national, three-digit mental health crisis and suicide prevention hotline;

  • Developing a mental health and wellness strategy with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation partners;

  • Reviewing access to disability benefits and programs to ensure they are available for people experiencing mental health challenges;

  • Working with community partners on the design and establishment of a fund to support the mental health of Black Canadians in the public service; and

  • Working with federally-regulated employers and labour groups to co-develop a new policy to support the right to disconnect for workers.

It should be noted that while in Nunavut on Monday, Trudeau also announced that he will continue to work with the country’s Indigenous peoples on improvements for housing and mental health care services.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was also in Ottawa to share his plan to “get government spending under control and balance the budget” over the next ten years. In this plan, a Conservative government would:

  • Adopt a responsible and measured approach to balance the budget over the next decade.

  • Rein in deficits to address inflation and the rising cost of necessities like groceries and gas.

  • Wind down emergency pandemic supports responsibly and compassionately as the recovery gets underway.

  • Invest in targeted stimulus measures, such as infrastructure, to create jobs and improve the quality of life of Canadians.

  • Get back to robust economic growth with Canada’s Recovery Plan, a plan to grow the economy.

In Vancouver, B.C., NDP leader Jagmeet Singh announced that if elected his government would do more for the housing crisis by targeting “big-money house flippers who are making big profits, taking advantage of tax loopholes and driving up house prices beyond the reach of everyday families.

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Here is where you can expect the leaders to be today (all times are in Eastern):

Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada is in Toronto, where he will make an announcement at10 am.

Erin O’Toole, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada remains in Ottawa, where he will make an announcement and hold a media availability at 11am.

Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the NDP is in Montreal, where he will make an announcement on housing at 930 am and in the evening, he will hold a virtual town hall meeting.

Annamie Paul, Leader of the Green Party of Canada is in Toronto, where, at 830 am, she will hold a virtual meeting with the General Council of L’Union des producteurs agricole du Québec. At 220 pm, she will hold a press conference on decriminalization.

Yves Blanchet, Leader of the Bloc Quebecois is also in Montreal, where he will speak to the media at 10 am.

Consultant Cameron Holmstrom joins Kristy Cameron on Ottawa’s 580 CFRA to give his thoughts on the election stories of the day (click on picture)

Cameron also had the pleasure of joining the True North Panel on CTV News Channel (click on picture)

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