The campaign trail is atime where politicians can make crucial promises to the people.It is essential for politicians to keep in mind what they will say as it willaffect whether they get elected or not.
The Trudeau government came into poweron November 4, 2015 (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 2017).They won based on many promises that they had made during their campaign.However, it has been three years since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gotelected and many people still want to know whether Justin Trudeau has actuallykept the promises he made during his campaign or not. Some of the promisesthat the Trudeau government made were the legalization of marijuana, taxreduction, and NAFTA and trade agreements.
Justin Trudeau’s agendahas been seen as ambitious by many. However, many of his ideas are big andachievable. Many see him as just another prime minister, while others see himas a prime minister with great and big ideas for the country. People see him asa failed prime minister due to all of the ambitious goals that he has for thecountry.In all, Trudeau has made 226 promises and has achieved 65 promises, whilebreaking 40 of the 226 promises. He is still working on67 goals; however, he states that these promises will be kept and will happen.
(Bernard, 2015) As of September2017, Justin Trudeau’s approval rate is at 50%. Another poll says that 33% ofCanadians believe Justin Trudeau would make the better prime minister (Druker, 2017) . This shows thatthere is still support for Justin Trudeau and that people do believe that he issucceeding at keeping his promises and how he is running the country. Firstly, the Trudeaugovernment has planned to legalize marijuana sale and use in July 2018.
It was originallyplanned to be legalized on July 1st, 2018, however, dates needed tobe pushed back due to many provinces asking the federal government to push thedate back in order for them to be more prepared (Press, Trudeau Rules Out Canada Day For Marijuana Legalization, 2017). The government is planning to legalize,regulate, and restrict access to marijuana (Marijuana, n.d.
) . Trudeau statedthat to ensure that marijuana is kept out of the hands of children and theprofit out of criminals, the government will regulate the sale and the use ofcannabis. The legalization of marijuana will lead to provinces looking at howthey will sell and regulate marijuana. For example, in Ontario, cannabis willbe sold in stores run by a secondary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (Puzic, 2017) . They will createnew and stronger laws to punish those who offer marijuana to minors. Thegovernment will crack down on sales and put it in the hands of the provincialgovernments instead of average, everyday people. Five out of ten provinces havecome forward with a framework for how they are going to sell cannabis.
Thefederal government will set the minimum legal age for buying marijuana at 18but provinces can raise them if they wish. Ontario has already changed thelegal age to 19. The government will also further to enforce marijuana. Theywill tighten rules around impaired driving and bring a roadside saliva test fordrug impairment. Lastly, the federal government wants an excise tax on allcannabis products of C $1 per gram or 10% of the retail price, whichever ishigher.
The government proposed splitting the tax 50-50 with the provinces (Paperny & Saminather, 2017). However, many provinces have stated that they are not ready for thelegalization of cannabis and say they need more time to get everythingtogether. With the new legislation, people will be able to publicly possess upto 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in non-dried form (Puzic, 2017) . The Trudeaugovernment’s plan to legalize cannabis also brings up the social agenda. Thiscan be seen in Trudeau’s cabinet, with half of the cabinet are women while halfare men. Justin Trudeau also considers himself a feminist (Maloney, 2016) . The social agendathat the federal government has in place shows that they are moving with thetime.
The government wants to have equal rights for all people. The marijuanalaw that the government is planning to legalize is just one step forward forthe government’s social justice. Notonly is the Trudeau government trying to legalize marijuana, but they are alsotrying to lower taxes. Secondly, the Trudeaugovernment is trying to lower taxes for the middle class. They will cut themiddle tax bracket to 20.5 from 22% (Middle Class Tax Cut, n.
d.) . Therefore, thewealthiest 1% of Canadians are going to have to pay a bit more. There will bean introduction of a new tax bracket of 33% for individuals earning more than$200,000 each year. The federal government will cancel income splitting andother benefits for the wealthy that was made by the previous government (Ending Unfair Tax Breaks, n.d.).
Income splitting costs the government $2 billion a year and only benefits 15%of Canadians. It also does not create a single job. Income splitting is a taxreduction strategy employed by families living in areas that are subject tobracketed tax regulations.
The goal is to reduce the family’s gross tax level,at the price of some family members paying higher taxes than they would normallypay (Income Splitting, 2005). Justin Trudeau andhis government have said that they will not end pension income splitting forseniors. The Liberals will also look at retirement security. The previousgovernment reduced seniors’ income security even further, and they raised theeligibility for Old Age Security from 65 to 67 (Retirement Security, n.d.
). The Liberals have aCanada Pension Plan, which is a trusted, reliable tool to save for retirement.The Trudeau government has also promised to help families with children. Theywill cancel the Universal Child Care Benefit and introduce a new Canada ChildBenefit to give Canadian families help to raise their families (Helping Families, n.
d.). Since the CanadaChild Benefit is tax-free and is linked to the family income, it providesgreater support to families who need help the most.
Not only did the Liberalgovernment promise to help lower taxes, but they want to help further trade.Lastly, the Liberalgovernment wants to help further trade with the United States and Mexico.Justin Trudeau and his government will renew and repair Canada’s relationshipwith the other countries in North America. The Canadian government is willingto work with the United States and Mexico to develop a continent-wide clean energyand environment agreement (Platform: Real Change, n.d.
). But when the president of the UnitedStates, President Donald Trump was campaigning for office, stated that NAFTAwas “the worst trade deal” ever signed by the US (Gandel, 2016). When Trump threatened to pull off out NAFTA,Canada and Mexico insisted to negotiate it instead, and Trump agreed. NAFTA orthe ‘North American Free Trade Agreement” is a trade agreement between Canada,Mexico, and the United States. With thisroad bump, Canada would need to consider how the economy would be like if Trumpscrapes NAFTA and how it would affect the country in general.
However, it canbe seen that Canada’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.7% in December 2017 (Press, Canada’s unemployment rate falls to lowest rate in over 40 years: StatCan, 2018). It is at the lowest percent in nearly adecade. The government will expand export opportunities that will benefitCanada (Jobs and Innovation, n.d.). The government saysthey will develop a new export promotion strategy that will help businessestake advantage of new trade agreements. However, the Canadian government hadpromised free trade with China, yet the Prime Minister has already gone toChina with the intent to have a trade deal with them.
But, Justin Trudeau cameback empty. The Liberal government’s commitment to progressive trade seeks tostrike a bargain for both countries; such as access to markets like China whileprotecting women and workers. The previous government failed to get Canada’srole in the 5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. TheLiberal government is now trying to be a part of the Security Council. Canadais on track to spend millions over the next three years in its bid to win arotating two- year seat on the UN Security Council (Kent, 2017).
To conclude, the JustinTrudeau government has promised many ideas such as the legalization ofmarijuana, lowering taxes and the tax system, and furthering trade as well asadvancing the country’s economic goals with the international community. In thepast three years, Justin Trudeau and his government have gone through manyissues in the way they run the country. But, it can be seen that thisgovernment is trying to benefit the greater good of the country. Eachgovernment goes into office hoping to make a difference and often citizens feellike the government is not doing enough. Many governments have succeeded withambitious goals and have made their country better, even if it might not havebeen with the bills that they have passed or deals they signed with other countries.It might be the social agenda that has made their country better.