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Kanata—Carleton: State Of Play

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2015 Polling

Past Results

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Sept 18 - 21
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Mainstreet/Postmedia
Oct 4
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Leadnow
Oct 9 - 11
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General Election
Oct 19
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John Hansen
NDP
13% 8% 8% 7%
Karen McCrimmon
Liberal
37% 43% 50% 51%
Walter Pamic
Conservative
44% 45% 39% 39%
Andrew West
Green Party
5% 4% 3% 3%
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Below you’ll find the parties' positions on issues important to the Leadnow community. We will also provide candidate specific positions where possible, and update this information as the parties release their final platforms.

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John Hansen: NDP
Voting Reform
End first-past-the-post voting by replacing it with a mixed member proportional representation for the 2019 election.
Strong Democracy
The NDP propose:
  • Voting reform: Repeal the Conservatives’ voter suppression measures
  • Rights and privacy: Repeal Bill C-51
  • Public media: Restore $115 million of funding to the CBC and provide stable long term funding
  • Open government: In addition, they have proposed a package of democratic reforms, including measures such as strengthening the mandate and independence of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, creating a Parliamentary Science Officer and modernizing the Access to Information Act.
Fair Economy
The NDP propose:
  • Balanced budgets
  • An Act to Eliminate Poverty with targets, timelines and accountability measures
  • Progressive tax reform: Raise the general corporate tax rate from 15% to 17.5% while lowering the small business tax rate to 9% from 11%. Leave income tax rates the same.
  • Progressive tax reform: Scrap the Conservatives’ “income splitting” plan
  • National Childcare: Create one million new child care spaces with a $15/day national childcare plan
  • Living wages: Re-introduce a federal minimum wage and raise it to $15 per hour by 2019
  • Public healthcare: Reverse the Conservatives’ $36 billion cut to healthcare
  • Public healthcare: Invest in new healthcare initiatives such as a national pharmacare program, mental health, 200 new health clinics and strengthening healthcare for seniors
  • Accessible education: End interest payments on federal student loans and invest in the Canada Student Grants program
  • Affordable housing: Pass the Affordable Housing Act to recognize housing as a right
  • Affordable housing: Build 10,000 units of affordable housing
  • Corporate accountability: Reject the TPP investor deal and require future trade and investment deals be made transparently
Clean Environment
The NDP propose:
  • Climate leadership: Reduce global warming pollution by 34% by 2025 with a cap-and-trade market that would send revenue to the provinces to invest in climate action
  • Climate leadership: Transfer fossil fuel subsidies into the clean energy sector
  • A clean “New Deal”: Invest $1.3 billion annually into the better transit fund and boost transfers to municipalities by $1.5 billion per year for transit and other local infrastructure.
  • A clean “New Deal”: Create government-backed Green Bonds to boost investment in green technology.
  • Opposed to the Northern Gateway Pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline, unclear position on the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and say a more stringent review process is needed for the Energy East pipeline.
  • Environmental protections: Strengthen laws to protect lakes and rivers.
Indigenous Rights

The NDP propose:

  • Truth and reconciliation: Implement the recommendations from Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the principles from the UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Missing and murdered indigenous women: Launch a national inquiry for missing and murdered Indigenous women within 100 days of taking office
  • Land rights: Create cabinet-level committee to ensure that all government decisions respect treaty rights, inherent rights and Canada’s international obligations.
  • Land rights: Fix treaty process to deal with unresolved land claims
  • Education: Invest $1.8 billion in new funding for First Nations education over 4 years and $4.8 billion over 8 years
  • Invest $100 million in one year on critical infrastructure on reserve and $120 million over 4 years to improve urban indigenous health outcomes
Migrant and Refugee Rights

The NDP propose:

  • Family reunification: An immigration system that focuses on family reunification with reduced application processing times
  • Refugees: Reversing the Conservatives’ changes to refugee policy
  • Refugees: Welcoming 46,000 refugees from Syria

  • Temporary Foreign Workers: Prioritize permanent immigration over temporary worker programs and give temporary foreign workers a pathway to citizenship.
  • Citizenship: Repealing parts of the Conservatives’ Bill C-24, which creates a second class of citizenship for Canadians
Karen McCrimmon: Liberal
Voting Reform
End first-past-the-post voting by replacing it with a new system chosen by an all-party committee to engage people across Canada and study a range of options - including proportional and non-proportional systems. Ensure the new system is in place for the 2019 election.
Strong Democracy
The Liberals propose:
  • Voting reform: Repeal the Conservatives’ voter suppression measures
  • Rights and privacy: Amend portions of bill C-51, but do not repeal it
  • Public media: Restore $150 million in funding to the CBC and provide stable long term funding
  • Open government: In addition, they have proposed a wide-ranging democratic reform platform, including measures to make it harder for a government to abuse the use of prorogation and omnibus bills
Fair Economy
The Liberals propose:
  • Three years of deficit spending followed by a balanced budget
  • Progressive tax reform: Raise income taxes to those who earn more than $200k/year, lower taxes on people making $45k-$200k/year. Leave general corporate tax rate the same while lowering corporate tax rate for small businesses
  • Progressive tax reform: Scrap the Conservatives’ “income splitting” plan
  • National childcare: Scrap the Conservatives’ child care benefit and replace it with a “Canada Child Benefit” that gives substantially more money to low and middle-income earners
  • National childcare: No plans for a national childcare system
  • Public Healthcare: Host a meeting with the provinces on healthcare within 60 of forming government and work to lower the cost of prescription drugs
  • Accessible education: Spend $750 million on skills trainings and exempt repayment of student loans until graduate earns at least $25,000.
  • Affordable housing: Create a national housing commission to build affordable housing
  • Corporate accountability: Reviewing the TPP and holding an open public debate in Parliament before ratifying the agreement.
Clean Environment
The Liberals propose:
  • Climate leadership: Work with the provinces to create a climate action framework to reduce global warming pollution. No explicit pollution reduction target
  • Climate leadership: Phase out fossil fuel subsidies
  • A clean “New Deal”: Invest $6 billion over the next four years in green infrastructure and $20 billion over 10 years.
  • A clean “New Deal”: Promote private investment in green infrastructure and technologies with the new Green Investment Bonds.
  • Environmental protections: Review Conservatives’ changes to environmental laws and develop a plan to protect 17% of land inland waters by 2020
  • Environmental protections: Increase funding for Parks Canada and the Department of Fisheries.
  • Reform the National Energy Board to include greenhouse gas emissions, consultation with first Nations and more public participation.
  • Oppose Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, unclear position on the Kinder Morgan pipeline, support the Energy East and Keystone XL pipelines.
Indigenous Rights

The Liberals propose:

  • Truth and reconciliation: Implement the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation commission and the principles from the UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Missing and murdered indigenous women: Launch a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women
  • Land rights: Respect and consult First Nations during project reviews and assessments
  • Governance: Launch a Federal Reconciliation Framework to strengthen self-government
  • Education: Invest $900 million in new funding for First Nations education over 5 years
Migrant and Refugee Rights

The Liberals propose:

  • Family reunification: An immigration system that focuses on family reunification with increased applications for parents and grandparents and reduced processing times for applications
  • Refugees: Welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees by the new year and providing $100 million to the UN for victim relief in Syria and other affected areas
  • Temporary Foreign Workers: Scale down the Temporary Foreign Worker program.
  • Citizenship: Repealing parts of the Conservatives’ Bill C-24, which creates a second class of citizenship for Canadians
Walter Pamic: Conservative
Voting Reform
The CPC want to continue with our broken first-past-the-post voting system.
Strong Democracy
Thousands of people from the Leadnow community voted to organize the Vote Together campaign to defeat Conservatives because they have spent much of the last 10 years damaging our democracy, economy, environment and rights.
Fair Economy
The Conservatives will keep trying to bet our economy on boom-and-bust fossil fuels while our jobs become less and less secure and people pile up more and more personal debt to cope.
Clean Environment
The Conservatives will continue to say nice words about climate change and environmental protection while doing just about everything they can to make things worse.
Indigenous Rights
The Conservatives will continue to ignore major issues facing Indigenous communities and disrespect their rights and governments.
Migrant and Refugee Rights
The Conservatives will continue making Canada less welcoming to refugees and harder on immigrant families.
Andrew West: Green Party
Voting Reform
End first-past-the-post voting by replacing it with a new system chosen by an all-party voting commission to engage people across Canada and study different kinds of proportional representation. Ensure the new system is in place for the 2019 election.
Strong Democracy
The Greens propose:
  • Voting reform: Repeal the Conservatives’ voter suppression measures
  • Rights and privacy: Repeal Bill C-51 and other Conservative measures to compromise our online privacy
  • Public media: Invest $285 million into the CBC this year and provide $315 million every subsequent year
  • Open government: In addition, they have proposed a wide-ranging platform for democratic reform, with a focus on substantially reducing the power and budget of the Prime Minister’s Office
Fair Economy
The Greens propose:
  • Balanced budgets
  • Progressive tax reform: Raise the general corporate tax rate to 19.5% and create major new taxes on pollution
  • Progressive tax reform: Eliminate income tax for those making less than $20k/year
  • Basic income guarantee: A Guaranteed Liveable Income that will be set above the poverty level regionally
  • Living wage: Re-introduce a federal minimum wage of $15/hour
  • Public healthcare: Explicitly oppose any form of privatized health care and propose to renew the National Health Accord and support a universal pharmacare program
  • National childcare: Work with the provinces to achieve a universal childcare program
  • Accessible education: Abolish tuition fees for post secondary education and skills training and forgive student loans over $10,000.
  • Affordable housing: National housing strategy would to build 20,000 new and 10,000 rehabilitated affordable housing units per year for the next decade
  • Corporate accountability: Block the TPP from getting ratified in its current form.
Clean Environment
The Greens propose:
  • Climate leadership: Reduce global warming pollution by 27% by 2025 by pricing carbon emissions, stopping all new coal power plants, put a national moratorium on fracking and a tanker traffic in the west coast, and stop the growth of the tar sands
  • Environmental protections: A plan to improve air quality
  • Environmental protections: Restoring funding to parks Canada and scientific research programs
  • A clean “New Deal”: Invest $3 billion in green infrastructure.
  • Working with northern communities to protect the Arctic from oil and gas development
  • Opposing all pipelines that export raw bitumen
  • Local agriculture: National Agricultural and Food Policy to promote more local and sustainable agriculture
Indigenous Rights

The Greens propose:

  • Truth and reconciliation: Implement the recommendations from Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the principles from the UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Missing and murdered indigenous women: Launch a national inquiry for missing and murdered indigenous women
  • Governance: Create the Council of Canadian Governments to engage First Nations as full partners in inter-governmental decision-making
  • Land rights: Recognize Indigenous rights to approve or disapprove of natural resource projects
Migrant and Refugee Rights

The Greens propose:

  • Family reunification: An immigration system that focuses on family reunification
  • Refugees: Ending the practice of refugee detainment in Canada
  • Temporary Foreign Workers: End the Temporary Foreign Worker program and work actively to achieve landed immigrant status for Canada’s 200,000 living without official statuses.
  • Citizenship: They would also help foreign workers access opportunities for Canadian citizenship.
  • Citizenship: Repealing the Conservatives’ Bill C-24, which creates a second class of citizenship for Canadians
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Riding Overview

A new riding in eastern Ontario made up almost entirely of the Carleton—Mississippi Mills riding. Historically, that seat has been safely Conservative. In 2011, 57% of the vote went to Conservative MP Gordon O'Connor. O'Connor is not running in October.

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