Chilliwack – Mark Strahl, Conservative Candidate for Chilliwack – Hope, today highlighted several new policy announcements that will be brought in with a new Conservative government.
“Today, Canadians are under pressure and worried about their future. Their dreams are getting further out of reach,” stated Strahl. “Justin Trudeau has proven he cannot be trusted to deliver for Canadians. His poor judgement has led to more scandal at home and more weakness abroad.”
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 and to re-establish Canadian leadership on the world stage.
Green Home Renovation Tax Credit
A Conservative government will introduce a Green Home Renovation Tax Credit, a two-year program to encourage homeowners to renovate their homes in ways that lower their power bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Canadians will be eligible to receive a 20% refundable credit on their income tax for green improvements to their homes of over $1,000 and up to $20,000. This would allow Canadians to save up to $3,800 on their renovations each year.
Eligible renovations would include:
• Installation of high-quality insulation;
• Investments in high-efficiency furnaces;
• Replacement of doors and windows with more efficient models;
• Upgrading of ventilation, heating and cooling systems;
• Installation of solar panels.
Launch Inquiry into SNC-Lavalin Affair
Andrew Scheer announced that a new Conservative government would launch a judicial inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal.
A new Conservative government will also introduce the No More Cover Ups Act to allow the RCMP to access information protected by cabinet confidence by making an application to the Supreme Court of Canada. This will prevent corrupt politicians from hiding behind cabinet confidence to escape police investigation.
A new Conservative government will prioritize critical infrastructure projects that shorten commute times
A new Conservative government will also restore transparency to infrastructure spending by scrapping Justin Trudeau’s $35-billion Infrastructure Bank which has been nothing but a waste of taxpayer dollars, adding countless layers of red tape, delaying desperately needed transportation infrastructure, and doing nothing to decrease commute times.
National Energy Corridor
A new Conservative government will create a national corridor to carry Canadian energy and resources from coast to coast.
A National Energy Corridor will generate economic and social benefits for the entire country by moving oil, gas, hydroelectricity, telecommunications, and potentially accommodating other linear infrastructure. With a single corridor, industry wouldn’t need to submit complicated proposals for every new project.
A single coast-to-coast corridor would:
• minimize environmental impacts;
• lower the costs of environmental assessments without sacrificing quality;
• increase certainty for investors;
• get critical projects built;
• and create good-paying jobs.
Expand Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit
A new Conservative government will introduce the Fairness for Persons with Disabilities Act, allowing 35,000 more Canadians to qualify and apply for the Disability Tax Credit.
This new Act will reduce the number of hours spent per week on life-sustaining therapy needed to qualify for the credit from 14 to 10. It will also expand the definition of what counts as life-sustaining therapy to include determining dosages of medical food and activities related to determining dosages of medication, including dietary or exercise regimes. This would allow 35,000 more Canadians with disabilities the potential to access savings of an average of $2,100 a year.
Foreign Policy Plan
Andrew Scheer announced details around four key pillars of his foreign policy plan which include:
• Cutting 25% of foreign aid spending - The reduction will come from middle- and upper-income countries as well as hostile regimes. We will use the savings to pay for policies that help Canadians get ahead at home and also redirect $700 million to strengthen foreign aid in the countries that need it most. We will continue to work in partnership with leading Canadian aid organizations including volunteer-focused groups who provide much-needed assistance to developing countries.
• Strengthening Canada’s commitment to traditional alliances and providing additional military and non-military support to Ukraine.
• Advocating for human rights on the world stage by using Canada’s Magnitsky legislation to target hostile regimes like Iran.
• Depoliticizing military procurement in order to properly and expediently supply the Canadian Armed Forces.
On foreign aid, we will refocus Canadian help where it is most needed while helping more Canadians get ahead at home.
“These announcements are part of our plan for a new Conservative government that will refocus Canadian help where it is needed abroad while helping more Canadians get ahead at home,” concluded Strahl. “It’s time for strong leadership on the world stage. It’s time for you to get ahead.”