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LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM OVERVIEW

OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
THE LIBERAL PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF CANADA

STRONG FINANCES
As of January 1, 2001, we will reduce the 29% top tax rate to 26% for incomes ranging
from $60,000 to $100,000, and we will eliminate the deficit reduction surtax.

In 2000, we reduced the 26% middle rate for those earning between $30,000 and $60,000 to
24%. As of January 1, 2001, we will reduce it further, to 22%.

As of January 1, 2001, we will reduce the bottom rate to 16% from 17% for incomes below $30,000.
We will provide fuel tax rebates of up to $250 per household to help low- and
modest-income Canadians cope with the higher costs of fuel prices this winter.

We will help postsecondary students with the rising costs of education by doubling the
amount on which the education tax credit is based, to $400 per month for full-time
students and $120 per month for part-time students.

We will increase the disability tax credit from $4,293 to $6,000 to help individuals
who, because of disability, are severely limited in their ability to carry on basic
activities of daily life.

We will increase the caregiver tax credit to $3,500 from $2,386 to help individuals who
provide in-home care for elderly or infirm family members.

Cut the top corporate income tax rate from 28% to 21% by legislating 2% cuts in 2002 and
the two subsequent years. We will reduce the capital gains inclusion rate from 66% to 50%.


1. SMART COUNTRY
Help Canada move by 2010 to the top five countries for research and development
performance by at least doubling federal expenditures on R&D.

A new Liberal government will make high-speed broadband Internet access available to
residents and businesses in all communities in Canada by 2004. We will work with the
private sector to achieve this goal.

A new Liberal government will be a model user of information technology and the
Internet, so that by 2004 Canada will be known around the world for having the government
most electronically connected to its citizens.

One of the Liberal government's highest priorities has been helping to provide Canadians
with more opportunities and resources for learning.

A new Liberal government will create Registered Individual Learning Accounts to help
Canadians finance their learning needs.

A new Liberal government will significantly improve loans available for part-time
students to help workers learn while they earn.

A new Liberal government will add substantially to tax supports for learning.

The measures we announced in February and October 2000 will cut taxes for families with children by an average of 27%.
The Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) provides further support for families. The maximum
benefit will be increased to $2,500 for the first child and will also be increased for
each additional child.

We will increase tax support for families caring for children with severe disabilities.
Beginning January 1, 2001, the Liberal government is doubling maternity and parental
benefits from six months to one full year.

The Liberal government is committed to making the substantial investment of $2.2 billion
over five years in early childhood development.


2. HEALTHY PEOPLE, HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
A new Liberal government will increase health care transfers to provinces by $18.9
billion over five years, the single largest investment in medicare ever made.

A new Liberal government will invest $2.3 billion to help provinces address critical health care needs and services:
We are committing $1 billion to a medical equipment fund to shorten waiting lists and
waiting times and make advanced medical equipment like MRIs and linear accelerators for
cancer treatment more accessible to Canadians.

We will invest $800 million over four years to improve primary health care services so
that Canadians can get timely access to coordinated care from family physicians, nurse
practitioners, and other front-line health care providers in their communities.

We will invest $500 million for health information technologies to implement electronic
patient records that will ensure faster and more coordinated care and reduce red tape for
patients as they move through the system.

A new Liberal government will create a citizens' council on health care quality to
provide the public's perspective on measures of quality that are relevant and meaningful
to Canadians. The council will also provide advice on benchmarks of health system
performance that Canadians can reasonably expect.

As part of its overall commitment to increase federal research spending, a new Liberal
government will provide a further major increase in funding for the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research.

A new Liberal government will champion community action on illness prevention, health promotion, and wellness.
We will strengthen efforts at the national level to combat smoking by increasing tobacco
taxes, strengthening regulation, and enhancing prevention and cessation initiatives.

A new Liberal government will build on the success of the Aboriginal Head Start Program
by increasing its resources to give our children a smart start in life. We will also
create programs for Aboriginal children with special needs.

A new Liberal government will increase the caregiver tax credit to provide additional support for caregivers.
A new Liberal government will continue to support the development of cleaner engines and
fuels, and we will strengthen emissions standards for vehicles. We will greatly reduce
sulphur in diesel fuel.

A new Liberal government will work with the provinces, territories, and municipal
governments to create the first building code for municipal water and wastewater
facilities.

A new Liberal government will provide additional funding to Parks Canada to protect our
national parks and create new ones.


3.CANADA: VIGOROUS AND PROUD
A new Liberal government will further protect children by adding to the Criminal Code
specific offences against children, such as criminal child neglect or using the Internet
to lure children for a sexual purpose.

We will better protect children from those who may reoffend, and we will make it easier
for children to provide testimony in criminal matters.

Tougher consequences for youths age 14 and over who commit violent crimes, while
encouraging alternatives to custody for non-violent offenders.

We will review and strengthen anti-gang laws.
We will provide federal law enforcement agencies with the resources they need to fight organized crime.
A new Liberal government will implement a National Drug Strategy to reduce both the
supply of and the demand for drugs, and to crack down on organized crime.

A new Liberal government will work with provincial and municipal partners to help
improve public transit infrastructure.

A new Liberal government will work with our provincial partners to create the Affordable Rental Program (ARP).
The new federal-provincial-municipal Infrastructure Canada program will fund sewer and
water improvements over the next six years and will designate funds specifically for rural
projects.

A new Liberal government will preserve the federal government's essential role in
protecting and promoting Canada's official languages, and we will foster the development
of official-language minorities across Canada.

A new Liberal government will move Canada's immigration levels closer to 1% of the
population each year and ensure that sufficient resources are available to help families
settle properly in Canada.

A new Liberal government will make it easier for employers to bring highly skilled
foreign workers and their spouses to Canada.

A new Liberal government will continue to ensure that the Canadian Forces are properly
equipped and prepared to respond quickly to calls for help at home and abroad.

We will press for a Free Trade Agreement of the Americas.
A new Liberal government will increase resources aimed at improving democracy, justice,
and social stability abroad, and we will continue to lead the push for debt relief for the
world's poorest countries. We will help make trade work for developing countries by
reducing tariffs on their goods.



Liberal Party of Canada, 2000
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ALLIANCE PARTY PLATFORM OVERVIEW

A Time For Change: An Agenda of Respect for All Canadians

Stockwell Day's plan to re-direct savings from wasteful spending towards:
o meaningful tax cuts of $1,604 per year on top of Budget 2000 for an average family of 4
o full restoration of health transfers to the 1995 level of $18.7 billion, and stable, guaranteed
health funding in the future
o a legislated, politician-proof debt reduction plan that starts with $6 billion a year,
then increases as we can afford it


Stockwell Day's Fair Tax Plan
o more money in your pocket through meaningful tax relief by moving towards a single 17% rate for everyone
o an average family of four, will save $1,604 a year, about 24% less than they would pay under Budget 2000
o give all families more choice through fair tax treatment
o increase exemptions and introduce a child tax deduction so that a family of four will pay zero
tax on the first $26,000 of income
o lower payroll taxes, to create more jobs
o lower taxes on your investment gains
o increase the RRSP contribution ceiling to 30% of your income
o lower taxes on high tech businesses to 21% and on small businesses to 10%

Stockwell's plan for health
o maintain Canada's Medicare vision and the five principles of the Canada Health Act
o replace federal-provincial confrontation with a more co-operative approach
o maintain funding commitments to health care with a built-in funding escalator
o improved funding will increase access to quality care for your family, when you need it
o guarantee in law long-term funding to the provinces so they can rebuild our health care system with confidence
o improve information reporting so you can see how your health care measures up
o work with the provinces to develop national standards of care
o ensure freedom of choice in natural health products

Stockwell Day's plan to make safer, stronger communities
o get tough on violent crime to make our neighbourhoods safer
o introduce truth-in-sentencing to keep repeat offenders off our streets
o change the Young Offenders Act to ensure that serious offenders don't get off scot-free
o secure our borders from criminal organizations and illegal "people smugglers"
o make families a priority in future legislation
o make our government more responsive to ordinary citizens
o have strong provinces within a united, strong Canada
o fight to protect farmers' interests while we transition to a new era in agriculture
o welcome new Canadians, but keep out criminals

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PC PARTY PLATFORM OVERVIEW

A Progressive Conservative government would:

Immediately restore the cash portion of the Canada Health and Social Transfer to at
least 1993-94 levels. This would restore completely the health and post-secondary
education dollars the Liberals cut from transfers to provinces.

Add a sixth principle to medicare - guaranteed stable and predictable long-term
healthcare funding - through legislation. Never again will a Liberal government be able to
scoop billions of dollars out of health care.

Increase and make refundable the caregiver credit, in consultation with groups
representing seniors and Canada's disability community.

Change the repayment terms for Canada Student Loans to provide that loans are repaid as
a percentage of net after tax income starting the first full working year after
graduation.

Introduce a tax credit for post-secondary students repaying Canada Student Loans to a
maximum of 10 per cent of the loan principal, per year, for the first 10 years after
graduation, provided they remain employed in Canada.

End the taxation of scholarships awarded to students in colleges and universities.
Provide the RCMP with stable funding, and with an explicit priority to defeat organized
crime, particularly money laundering, human and contraband smuggling, fraud and computer
crime.

Replace the federal Young Offenders Act with new legislation that reflects the
principles of protection of the public, deterrence and denunciation balanced with
rehabilitation, and the greater use of restorative justice.

Repeal the current long gun registration system and uphold and enforce provisions that
control criminal and unsafe use of firearms.

Make the health of Canada's children an explicit priority of environmental legislation
by introducing a Safe Water Act and a Safe Air Act.


A Progressive Conservative government would:

Cut taxes for all Canadians by raising the basic personal exemption from the current
level of $7,231 to $12,000 by 2005. This tax cut will remove 2.3 million low income
Canadians - those least able to pay taxes - from the tax rolls. It will also deliver
across-the-board tax relief of up to $1,100 (federal/provincial) to the average taxpayer.

Increase the married and equivalent spouse amount to $12,000 by 2005. When this change
is fully implemented, a single earner family would not pay income tax until their income
reached $24,000 per year.

Introduce a child tax amount of $1,176 to assist Canadian families. This will create a
tax cut for families with children of $200 per child.

Eliminate the personal capital gains tax immediately. This will free venture capital,
reward personal initiative and help reverse the brain drain by encouraging entrepreneurs
to build their future in Canada.

Cut excise taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel and home heating fuels to help ease the burden of rising energy costs.
Eliminate the national debt - the mortgage on our children's future - within 25 years,
and pay down the principal on the debt by $25 billion over the next five years.

Implement an annual "Red Tape Budget" detailing the estimated total of each new proposed
government regulation, including the enforcement costs to the government and the
compliance costs to individual citizens and businesses.

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