In the coming Canadian federal election, expect promises to fix “all the problems” but few details that stand up to scrutiny.
I believe it’s reasonable to expect parties to demonstrate policy impacts using facts, math, and modelling. For instance:
|Tax relief for Canadians||Show the personal and business tax structure changes. Model the impacts for low, middle, and high income Canadians as well as for small, medium, large businesses against the last 5 years.|
|Getting Canadians back to work||Show the economic conditions you would create that are within your control. Acknowledge the economic factors you can’t control. Project against current and future trends.|
|Putting a price on pollution||Show how pollution regulations and taxes will affect people and industry (and jobs as a follow-on). Compare against similar countries/economies and demonstrate global impact.|
|Bring Canadians a balanced budget||Show taxes to be implemented, scrapped and impact to federal coffers; acknowledge programs that will be funded, cut and impact to Canadians and businesses; project when budget will balance.|
|Just and fair for all Canadians||Show plans and policies that address gaps for groups (e.g. Indigenous, POC, women, LGBTQ2+), including timeline and impact.|
If we hold parties accountable to provide details on their promises, we know what we’re in for. Yes, conditions change, but at least voters know parties put some thought into a plan before forming the next government.