In office
Prime Minister
Liberal Party of Canada
2,260 days in office
42rd Parliament of Canada
03 Dec 2015 - 11 Sep 2019
43rd Parliament of Canada
05 Dec 2019 - 15 Aug 2021
44th Parliament of Canada
22 Nov 2021 - Present

The 2019 Canadian federal election (formally the 43rd Canadian general election) was held on October 21, 2019 to elect members of the House of Commons to the 43rd Canadian Parliament.

The Liberal Party, led by incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, won 157 seats to form a minority government. The Liberals lost the majority government they had secured in the previous federal election in 2015. They also lost the popular vote to the Conservatives, which marks only the second time in Canadian history that a governing party formed a government while receiving less than 35 per cent of the national popular vote.

For an assessment of this government’s performance during its first mandate (2015-2019), see Birch and Pétry (2019), Bilan du gouvernement libéral de Justin Trudeau : 353 promesses et un mandat de changement, published by Les Presses de l’Université Laval.

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Promise History

2.06.18 - “[W]e will move forward with cutting the cost of [cell phone services] by 25 per cent in the next two years by using the government’s regulatory powers […]”

In progress

“Every Canadian with a mobile plan is protected by the Wireless Code. It explains your consumer rights and the rules your provider must follow. We created the Code to make it easier for you to: • understand your mobile plan • change providers • prevent bill shock • return your cellphone if you are unhappy with your service • and more!”

Partially kept

“Mobile Wireless Trends: […] Using the previous (2019) basket definitions, the highest basket (L5 at 10-49 GB) was the only level to see a price increase in 2020 over 2019. Baskets 1 to 4 all fell substantially, respectively by 19%, 27%, 28% and 23%. The Level 5 basket increased by almost 11%.”

In progress

“The Liberal government is giving Canada’s big three national wireless providers two years to cut their basic prices for cellphone services by 25 per cent — and telling them it will step in to cut prices if they don’t comply. Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains issued the ultimatum today along with new spectrum auction rules that could open up Canada’s wireless market to new competition.”

In progress

« Le gouvernement fédéral remplit sa promesse électorale de réduire d’au moins 25 % les forfaits de téléphonie cellulaire. Pour y parvenir, Ottawa menacera les grands fournisseurs d’accroître la concurrence dans l’industrie s’ils n’acceptent pas de diminuer leurs prix d’ici deux ans. Selon le ministre de l’Innovation, Navdeep Bains, Bell, Rogers et Telus doivent tous trois réduire les prix des forfaits dits de milieu de gamme, des forfaits qui comprennent un volume de données allant de deux à six gigaoctets par mois. »

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Reference Documents

“Domestic Trends: All Canadian mobile wireless service basket prices have decreased (or remained unchanged) this year relative to last – i.e., decreased by 4.6%, 8.7%, 1.4%, (.3%) and 9.7%, respectively. Average mobile wireless prices were generally found to be lowest in the cities of Winnipeg, Montreal and Regina, consistent with previous years.”

“This is the eleventh (2018) edition of ISED’s annual telecom services price comparison study. The purpose of this Study is to provide a detailed comparative price analysis of telecommunications services in Canada relative to the United States and six other countries.”

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