Year End Report Card

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 19, 2016 

YEAR END REPORT CARD

Name:             Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Class of 2015/16

Term:              First Year in Government

Supervisor:    New Democratic Opposition, on behalf of Canadians 

Fair Elections

Canadians are encouraged by the work of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and remain hopeful that Canada will adopt a proportional voting system.

Promising work so far, but don’t forget the 2019 due date! Extensions are NOT permitted. 

Climate Change

The Liberal government adopted Stephen Harper’s completely inadequate emissions reduction targets has no feasible way to meet their commitments in the Paris Agreement on climate.

Sometimes copies work of former students. *See Health Care* 

Health Care

Liberals are going ahead with Conservative cuts to health transfers that will take $1.1 billion out of health care in the next year and $36 billion long term.

Sometimes copies work of former students. *See Climate Change* 

Human Rights

Instead of working across party lines, the Liberals voted down an NDP motion calling for oversight of arms exports to protect civilians from human rights abuses.

More cooperation with others is required. 

First Nations Education

First Nations education was a big election promise for the Liberals, but now they’ve cut their funding commitment by $801 million and are even fighting fair treatment for First Nations children in court.

Unacceptable. 

Environmental Assessment

After promising to fix it, Trudeau’s government continues to use Harper’s broken environmental assessment process to approve controversial projects like Pacific Northwest LNG and the Site C dam in BC.

Needs to be redone completely! 

Bill C-51

Harper’s dangerous and ineffective legislation violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and after campaigning on a major roll-back of Bill C-51 the Liberals have yet to take any action to repeal it.

Needs to work on respecting personal space and privacy of others. 

Basic Gender Equality

Gender equity for Cabinet Ministers was good first step, but then the Liberals announced that pay equity legislation will be delayed until 2018. Pay equity was declared a human right in 1977—women have waited long enough.

Good intentions! But assignment is incomplete and long overdue. 

Federal Minimum Wage

The last Liberal government eliminated the minimum wage for federally regulated workers and nothing has been done to boost wages since. It’s time for a $15 federal minimum wage.

This is great opportunity to show leadership! 

Corporate Tax Breaks

In the first Liberal budget, not one cent of Stephen Harper’s $60-billion in wasteful corporate tax cuts was reversed. Meanwhile Canada’s big banks are posting record profits, handing over big bonuses to CEO’s and pink slips to workers.

Appears to easily succumb to peer-pressure from a small clique. 

Teacher’s Note: 

Justin Trudeau is very talkative and likes to make big promises, but his actions don’t always match his words.

We’re optimistic about some of the progress he’s made, but the Prime Minister really needs to do a better job taking constructive criticism from his NDP classmates.

And while we don’t want to stifle his creativity or self-expression, Mr. Trudeau does spend a bit too much time taking selfies during school hours.

For full report card go to:http://www.ndp.ca/news/year-end-report-card

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