The Trudeau Liberals broke 35 promises halfway through their term

Justin Trudeau is two years into his term of four years as the Canadian Prime Minister, and so far 35 of 226 promises made by the Liberals on their campaign trail have been broken.

According to, 55 promises have been achieved, 71 are underway, and 65 haven’t been started as of yet.

Here’s a list of 35 promises broken two years later.

1. Increase funding for Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board with a new investment totalling $25 million each year.

2. Lower the federal debt-to-GDP ratio for 2015/2016 to 31%.

3. Provide costing analysis for each government bill.

4. Run short-term deficits of less than $10 billion in each of the next two fiscal years (2016 and 2017).

5. The 2016 middle class tax cut combined with the new 33% tax bracket will be revenue neutral.

6. Immediately start to invest $3 billion over the next four years to deliver better home care services (including in-home caregivers, financial support for family care, and palliative care).

7. Invest $6 billion more in green infrastructure over next four years.

8. Invest an additional $100 million each year in the Industrial Research Assistance Program.

9. Invest an additional $775 million per year for job and skills training.

10. Invest $300 million more in the Youth Employment Strategy to create 40,000 youth jobs – including 5,000 youth green jobs – each year for the next three years.

11. Invest $40 million each year to help employers create more co-op placements for students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business programs.

12. Offer a 12-month break on Employment Insurance premiums to encourage companies to hire young people by waiving employer premiums for all those between the ages of 18 and 24 who are hired into a permanent position in 2016, 2017, or 2018.

13. Reduce the small business tax rate to 9% (from 11%).

14. Set a cap on how much can be claimed through the stock option deduction on annual stock option gains higher than $100,000.

15. Phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.

16. Re-do the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion review.

17. Review the elimination of the Navigable Waters Protection Act by the previous government, restore lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards.

18. Create a common, quarterly, and more detailed parliamentary expense report.

19. Ensure that the Access to Information law applies to the Prime Minister’s and Ministers’ Offices, as well as administrative institutions that support Parliament and the courts.

20. End first-past-the-post voting system and explore alternative electoral reform options.

21. Change the House of Commons Standing Orders to end practice of using inappropriate omnibus bills to reduce scrutiny of legislative measures.

22. End MSM blood donation ban.

23. Welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015.

24. Invest $50 million in additional annual funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program.

25. Guarantee that First Nation communities have a veto over natural resource development in their territories.

26. Immediately adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and ensure every new policy and law would meet with its principles.

27. Immediately lift the two percent cap on funding for First Nations programs.

28. Immediately implement the imported gun marking regulations.

29. Provide $100 million each year to the provinces and territories to support guns and gangs police task forces.

30. Do not buy the F-35s, and immediately launch an open and transparent competition and reduce the procurement budget to replace the current CF-18s.

31. Maintain current National Defence spending levels, including planned increases.

32. Cover the cost of four years of post-secondary education for every veteran who wants one.

33. Invest $100 million each year to expand the circle of support for veterans’ families.

34. Invest $80 million every year to create a new Veterans Education Benefit.

35. Re-establish lifelong pensions as an option for injured veterans.

All promises are also listed in the Liberal platform handbook.

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1 Comment

  1. When the liberals do whatever they please and walk away from it they continue with their show. A tradition each liberal party has kept for decades.. Justin is no exception however he is doing far worse and smiles.
    Why they do it is because we let them; the media keeps it quiet from the general public and the longer they do that, Canadians with a very short memory tend to forget it ever occurred and re-elect the same party that lied to them. A strange phenomenon.
    So what Justin broke every promise. What are you planning to do about it…. NOTHING-absolutely nothing and he knows that. that’s why he does what he does. So for us to complain and do nothing about through election or rallies or the media ever bothering to go on his case spells volume for Justin and liberal party that ‘ you/us like what he is doing.

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