Here’s where Canada’s major political parties stand on social policy — and some under-the-radar promises you may have missed

The Conservatives, Liberals, NDP, Bloc Quebecois, and Greens are coming at some of Canada’s biggest social issues from very different angles.

Why It Matters

When it comes to social policy, the devil is in the details — and those details will affect how social impact organizations across Canada serve their communities.

Canada’s 2021 federal election is a week and a half away and social policy, especially around childcare and public health, is dominating the talking points of all four major party leaders.

At campaign stops across the country, the leaders of the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Bloc Quebecois, and Green Party are facing questions on how to address the ongoing lack of affordable childcare, what to do about the gaps in Canada’s social safety net, and whether or not to pass mandatory vaccination requirements. (We are not including the People’s Party of Canada due to their lack of any representation in the House of Commons). 

What is clear is that all parties believe Canada needs a stronger, more robust healthcare system that works for the benefit of all. The inadequacies of the COVID-19 pandemic response were not lost on any of them. Nor is the existence of climate cha


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