In office
Prime Minister
Liberal Party of Canada
2,826 days in office
42nd 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 Canadian federal election of 2021 (officially the 44th Canadian general election) took place on September 20, 2021, and elected members of the House of Commons to Canada’s 44th Parliament. The Liberal Party, led by outgoing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, won 160 seats, forming a second consecutive minority government.

The Trudeau government had originally made 569 promises in its 2021 campaign platform and press releases. This number was reduced to 352 by an extensive, multi-coder process of sorting promises according to their degree of precision and importance to society. Unclear and less important promises were removed from the analysis.

For an analysis of the achievements of Justin Trudeau’s first government (2015-2019), see Birch and Pétry (2019), Assessing Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government. 353 promises and a mandate for change, published by Les Presses de l’Université Laval.

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Promise History

3.03.14 - “A re-elected Liberal government will […] [i]ntroduce a new EI benefit for self-employed Canadians, delivered through the tax system, that would provide unemployment assistance comparable to EI and lasting for as much as 26 weeks. This could provide support of nearly $15,500 when it is needed most”

Published: Nov 2021

“Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) provides a full list of qualifying activities for self-employed persons”


“We also heard from numerous self-employed workers in the arts and cultural sectors. They asked that the EI program better reflect their current labour market realities. “


638 x 26 weeks = $16,588, which is more than the promised $15,500.

“In 2022, the maximum amount is $638 per week. // [Table “There are 6 types of special benefits”:] Maximum weeks: Compassionate care = 26”

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Published: Nov 2021
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