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Federal Election 2019

The 2019 federal election roundup

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 5:54 PM | By Yvette Trancoso-Barrett

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Yvette Trancoso-Barrett
With Canadians gearing up for the final day of voting on Monday, we’ve put together a collection of insights we’ve published over the past month or so offering some informed perspectives on the important issues of the federal election.


Access to Justice: A law student’s view on why it matters | Payton Wood
In her article, Payton Wood writes, “Equal protection before and under the law is a constitutionally entrenched right and cornerstone of the Canadian justice system.”

How major political parties address important issue of dementia
The federal election is only days away. As of Oct. 3, the latest Ipsos poll for Global News finds that health care is the most important issue for Canadians when they go into the ballot box.


Scheer’s call for SNC Lavalin inquiry during election dangerous precedent | Julius Melnitzer
Julius Melnitzer states, “It may just be the brouhaha over Andrew Scheer’s dual citizenship that made me link Donald Trump’s vow to ‘jail Hillary’ and ‘lock her up’ with the Conservative leader’s pledge — in the middle of an election campaign, no less — to launch a judicial inquiry into Justin Trudeau’s conduct in the SNC Lavalin scandal.”

Why legal aid matters in this federal election | Patricia Hebert
In her column, Patricia Hebert writes, “Take a look at the people in your neighbourhood, where you live or work — the people that you meet when you’re walking down the street, as the Sesame Street song says. Some, you can’t help but notice, are already in trouble — people asking for money, or sleeping on the street. But others who might look like they have it all under control could be one legal issue away from personal disaster.”

Real Estate

Where federal political parties stand on affordable housing crisis
It’s about time that all federal political parties started focusing on the issue that affects all Canadians: the lifelong need for affordable housing.


Pharmacare in spotlight during 2019 election | Lisa Feldstein
In her column, Lisa Felstein writes, “Canada is recognized worldwide for its universal health care. We rarely have to pay when we visit a doctor or a hospital. Our system is predicated on medical need rather than ability to pay, and this model has become part of the Canadian identity.”

Intellectual Property

IP, Standards Council of Canada problem at election time | Ken Chasse
In part one of this two-part series, Ken Chasse says, “The Standards Council of Canada is engaged in a public relations campaign emphasizing: (1) the large part that it is playing in the federal government’s high-level promotion of preserving IP (intellectual property), particularly so large databases of data and the creation of innovation-creating, Silicon Valley-type “clusters” in Canada; and, (2) its invitation to the business community to work with the council in the development of innovation in conjunction with standardization.”

Complaints, appeals aimed at Standards Council of Canada | Ken Chasse
In the final part of this series, Ken Chasse writes, “Part one of this two-part article questioned the Standards Council of Canada’s ability to perform its part in the federal government’s high priority, IP-Innovation Canada project. A number of national standards will be needed to make that critically important combination of ‘innovation with standardization’ successful. But recently, the council was responsible for the creation of a defective, but very important national standard: Electronic Records as Documentary Evidence CAN/CGSB-72.34-2017 (72.34-2017).”


Immigration an explosive issue in coming election
The federal election is expected to take place on or before Oct. 21. Over the next three months, as the parties prepare their platforms and promises, immigration will be an agenda item on the campaign trail. Whether it is a debate about total immigration levels, the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), or refugee backlogs, the parties have been jockeying for position and courting votes from Canadians, many of whom have immigrant backgrounds or deep and personal connections to the topic of immigration.

Refugees and the federal election: Setting the record straight
When it came time for the 2015 federal election campaign, we had slipped as a nation. The former government’s views on refugees were crystal clear. Not mincing words, it threw around terms like “bogus refugees” and referred to people coming to Canada for “gold-plated” health care, casting refugees from certain regions as unworthy scammers. The courts have since ruled that there was no evidence for any of this rhetoric and in fact, it flew in the face of s. 15 of the Charter.

Labour and Employment

Struggle for original freedom in Quebec daunting proposition | Barry W. Bussey
In this article, Barry W. Bussey writes, “The major party leaders all agree that Quebec’s An Act respecting the laicity of the State is a serious breach of Quebecers’ religious freedom. However, not one of them is willing to say what concrete efforts they would undertake to oppose the legislation.”

Natural Resources

Indigenous issues slowly disappear from election 2019 | Pamela Palmater
In her column, Pamela Palmater writes, “The unofficial slogan for the 2015 Liberal election campaign was ‘there is no relationship more important to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples.’ It was a mantra shared repeatedly by Justin Trudeau pre- and post-election and stood in stark contrast to former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s adversarial relationship with First Nations. In fact, it was Trudeau’s election promise to make Indigenous issues a political priority, together with his commitment to a nation-to-nation relationship grounded in respect for Indigenous rights, that helped his party win the Indigenous vote.”

Political animals in Canada
By special request from an animal law superfan, I was asked to take a wide-angle lens to the upcoming federal election in relation to needs of animals. With the Oct. 21 voting day looming, my conclusion is that concerns of animals do not appear to be a juggernaut issue or priority for any of the big four political parties, but that said, some parties do have some animal-centred policies that they have in their contemplation.

Where federal parties stand on climate change
Climate change and how to combat it (or not) will likely be a key issue in this October’s federal election. Each of the six highest-polling political parties have put forth an environmental platform. Part one of two.

Where Greens, NDP, Liberals stand on climate change
Climate change and how to combat it (or not) will likely be a key issue in October’s federal election. In the first part of this two-part series, I examined how the People’s Party, the Bloc Québécois and the Conservatives are approaching the issue. In this final part, I will look at how the Liberals, the NDP and the Greens say they will approach climate change.


Promises, promises: Where political parties stand on tax breaks, incentives
In this first of his two-part series, Errol Tenenbaum writes, “Given that Canada is in the home stretch of a federal election campaign, we’ve entered one of the more entertaining portions of federal politics — the parties are lining up to make impressive (and often untenable) promises to voters and the area of tax is, as usual, front and centre.”

Where political parties stand on tax breaks, incentives — other major parties
In the second part of the series, Errol Tenenbaum says, “In the previous article, I summarized announcements made to date by three of the major political parties: the Liberals, Conservatives and New Democrats. In part two, I cover announcements made by the other three major parties.”

Other Areas of Practice

Defending human rights starts at home
Canada is widely recognized as an international leader in advancing human rights, but we are not without our own shortcomings. In recent months, United Nations special rapporteurs have expressed concerns about human rights issues within Canada. If we are to continue to speak with authenticity on the international stage, addressing these domestic issues ought to be at the forefront of our public dialogue.

It’s election time: Why we run | Peggy Nash
In her column, Peggy Nash writes, “Heading into this fall’s federal election, hundreds of Canadians will once again offer themselves as candidates. Most run with political parties, but a few such as Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, will be independent candidates. While most of us complain from the sidelines, this group of Canadians is standing behind their words, speaking out in public and taking the blowback that inevitably comes with sticking your head above the parapet.”

Wellness: The extremist hijacking of political discourse | Darryl Singer
In his article, Darryl Singer writes, “The federal election season is upon us. And what a season it has been. The inevitable slide away from intelligent debate continues. This is certainly much different than the elections of my youth when I knocked on hundreds of doors for candidates in my neighbourhood. Back then, there wasn’t a lot of difference between Conservatives and Liberals (the NDP was only slightly left of the most left of the Liberals). And the winning parties would often, once in government, implement policies that had been campaigned for by the opposition.”