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In the last instalment of our Election Countdown series, we explore what Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair, and Justin Trudeau have to say about some of the most talked about issues brought up during this election campaign.

Legalization of marijuana

Marijuana plant via Shutterstock

Marijuana plant via Shutterstock

Stephen Harper and the Conservatives:

  • Do not support the legalization of marijuana. In an interview with CKNW’s Job McComb, Harper said he agreed that pot was infinitely worse than smoking cigarettes.

Tom Mulcair and the NDP:

  • Will push towards legalization. In a recent interview with VICE Canada, Mulcair said that that the NDP “are on track to full legalization, but it is more complicated than snapping your fingers. We are not going to have weed being sold at the LCBO tomorrow morning.”

Justin Trudeau and the Liberals:

    • Will try to enact legislation for the legalization of marijuana “right away” if elected.
    • “We don’t yet know exactly what rate we’re going to be taxing it, how we’re going to control it, or whether it will happen in the first months, within the first year, or whether it’s going to take a year or two to kick in,” Trudeau said at a rally in Surrey on September 30.

The niqab

Stephen Harper and the Conservatives:

    • Support the ban of the niqab and any kind of face coverings from being worn at citizenship ceremonies.
    • In 2011, the Conservatives successfully implemented this policy, but the Federal Court of Appeal struck it down in September.
    • The Conservatives say that if re-elected, they will reinstate the ban.
    • Harper also said that he will look into a wider ban of the niqab for public servants.

Tom Mulcair and the NDP:

    • Do not support the ban of the niqab or any face coverings at citizenship ceremonies.
    • However, Mulcair has stated that this decision is ultimately up to the courts.

Justin Trudeau and the Liberals:

    • Do not support the ban of the niqab or any face coverings at citizenship ceremonies.
    • Trudeau says he will not appeal the decision made by the Supreme Court about the niqab.

Refugee crisis

Stephen Harper and the Conservatives:

    • Promise to accept 10,000 more refugees into Canada from Syria and Iraq over the next four years.

Tom Mulcair and the NDP:

    • Promise to accept 10,000 government sponsored refugees from Syria before the end of the year.
    • They will follow this by accepting 9,000 more refugees into Canada per year over the coming years.

Justin Trudeau and the Liberals:

    • Promise to expand Canada’s intake to 25,000 refugees from Syria through immediate, direct sponsorship by the Government of Canada.

Bill C-51

Bill C-51 is a complex anti-terrorism bill, that expands the powers of police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. If you need a quick summary of what this law means for Canadians, you can read it here.

Stephen Harper and the Conservatives:

    • Support Bill C-51 and commit $292 million over five years to the RCMP, CSIS and the Canada Border Services Agency.

Tom Mulcair and the NDP:

    • Promise to put an end to Bill C-51.
    • The NDP was the only party to vote against the bill in parliament.

Justin Trudeau and the Liberals:

    • Promise to make amendments to Bill C-51 that will “[narrow and limit] the kinds of new powers that CSIS and national security agencies would have.”

 

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