Mark Strahl Highlights Conservative Policy Announcements

September 25, 2019

Chilliwack – Mark Strahl, Conservative Candidate for Chilliwack – Hope, today highlighted several new policy announcements that will be brought in with a new Conservative government.

“Two thirds of Canadians feel that they either can’t pay their bills – or feel that they have nothing left over at the end of the month after they do,” stated Strahl. “Andrew Scheer has a positive vision for Canada’s economy. A Conservative government will live within our means and leave more money in your pocket so you can get ahead.”

Over the past week, Andrew Scheer has announced the following measures that a new Conservative government will bring in to help Canadians put more money in their pockets:

Put an end to Justin Trudeau's corporate handouts

A new Conservative government will conduct a review of all business subsidy programs and eliminate those with no benefit to Canadians, putting more money in the pockets of Canadians.

As Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will conduct a review of all business subsidy programs in order to eliminate $1.5 billion in corporate welfare grants. Programs where the money benefits wealthy shareholders, executives, and foreign companies and/or the money goes to lobbyists and consultants, will be eliminated.

More support for seniors

A Conservative government will increase the Age Credit by $1,000 per year, per senior. For a couple, it will be up to $300 more in their pockets.
With this measure, an individual aged 65 and over earning up to $37,790 would receive up to $150 more per year.

  • The Age Credit is in addition to other commitments to address seniors’ concerns such as:
    taking the GST off home heating bills;
  • Introducing the Green Public Transit Tax Credit;
  • Creating the Universal Tax Cut, which includes pension earnings.

Purchase new MRI and CT machines

A new Conservative government would invest $1.5 billion in its first term to purchase new MRI and CT equipment and replace aging equipment and increase the total number of machines, bringing Canada’s medical imaging equipment in line with international standards and reducing wait times. This investment will ensure Canadians will be able to access vital scans for cancer, stroke, and heart and other conditions.
More support for veterans

For too long, retiring and discharging Canadian Armed Forces members have endured a difficult transition to their post-service life. This is especially true for those who leave the service due to illness or injury. Far too often there is a gap in CAF pay and VAC benefits.

An Andrew Scheer-led Conservative Government will:

  • Enshrine, in legislation, a Military Covenant between the Government of Canada and Canada’s veterans. The Covenant will demand that at all times veterans be given the respect they deserve by federal officials and institutions and mandate the delivery of services in a timely manner.
  • Clear the unacceptable backlog of Veterans benefit applications within 24 months.
  • Fix Justin Trudeau’s failures on pensions by correcting the problem identified by the Parliamentary Budget Officer, which found that veterans with severe and permanent injuries will be worse off by an average of $300,000 over their lifetime under the Liberal so-called ‘pensions for life’.
  • Take action on transition services by reviewing rules around service attribution and mandating that the Canadian Armed Forces retain medically releasing members until all benefits and services from the
  • Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada, and the Service Income Security Insurance Plan have been confirmed and are put in place.
  • Put vital commemoration projects, like the National Memorial for Canada’s War in Afghanistan, back on track.
  • Conduct an independent inquiry to study the effects of the anti-malarial drug mefloquine on members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • Establish guidelines and fund a program to provide service dogs to Canada’s veterans.

Four-point plan to make it easier to buy a house

A new Conservative government has a four-point plan to make it easier for first-time homebuyers to buy and pay for a house.
As Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will:

  • Fix the mortgage stress test to ensure that first-time homebuyers aren’t unnecessarily prevented from accessing mortgages. A new Conservative government will work with OFSI to remove the stress test from mortgage renewals to give homeowners more options.
  • Increase amortization periods on insured mortgages to 30 years for first-time homebuyers to lower monthly payments and make home ownership affordable.
  • Launch an inquiry into money laundering in the real estate sector and work with our industry partners to root out corrupt practices that inflate housing prices.
  • Make surplus federal real estate available for development to increase the supply of housing.

Furthermore, our Universal Tax Cut, which is worth up to $850 for a couple, along with our other affordability measures, will help young Canadians save for a down payment.

More support for small business

Small business owners can look forward to a new Conservative government repealing Justin Trudeau’s tax increases and cutting red tape.

Not only are small businesses victim to the Trudeau government’s tax hikes, small businesses across the country are also struggling under a massive regulatory burden.
Justin Trudeau has imposed more than 4,300 job-killing, growth-choking federal regulations on Canadian business since 2015.

  • A new Conservative government will take several measures to support our small businesses:
  • Repeal Trudeau’s tax increases on small business investments;
  • Exempt spouses from Trudeau’s tax increases on small business dividends;
  • Make it easier to navigate Canada’s tax system and the Canada Revenue Agency;
  • Reduce federal regulations by 25%;
  • Implement a 2-for-1 rule for new regulations;
  • Assign a Minister reporting directly to the Prime Minister to lead red tape reduction efforts;
  • Mandate ministers and regulators to support innovation, economic growth, and global competitiveness;
  • Champion Canada’s small businesses to the world                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

"These announcements are part of our plan for a new Conservative government that will live within its means and put more money in your pocket so you can get ahead,” concluded Strahl. “I am running to work for the people of Chilliwack–Hope so they can get ahead, not just get by."



Sarah Honey