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Liberal Party of Canada
2,943 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The Trudeau government had originally made 569 promises in its 2021 campaign platform and press releases.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

3.10.11 - “A re-elected Liberal government will […] [a]dapt and apply the Canada Business Corporations Act diversity requirements to federally regulated financial institutions, applying an intersectional lens to ensure diversity.”

Published: Nov 2021
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“To realize these objectives, I ask that you achieve results for Canadians by delivering the following commitments. […] Move forward on our commitment to adapt and apply the Canada Business Corporations Act diversity requirements to federally regulated financial institutions to ensure diversity in senior ranks.”

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Companies governed by the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) are required to provide information on their corporate diversity policies and practices.

“The directors of a prescribed corporation shall place before the shareholders, at every annual meeting, the prescribed information respecting diversity among the directors and among the members of senior management as defined by regulation.”

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This report attempts to promote an intersectional perspective to foster diversity in all senior public service positions. However, the report makes no mention of the need to promote diversity in senior positions in the financial sector.

“The Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet released the Call to action on January 22, 2021. The Call to action highlighted the need to make meaningful change in addressing barriers and disadvantages. Specially, Public Service leaders are called to appoint, sponsor, support, and recruit Indigenous, Black and other racialized individuals to the public service and towards leadership positions. Public Service leaders were also called on to invest in developing inclusive leadership skills and in establishing a sense of belonging and trust for all public servants.”

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Forward. For Everyone

Published: Nov 2021

Reference Documents

“Our experiences are affected by intersecting parts of our identity, the context we are in and our lived realities. // We all have multiple identity factors that intersect that help make us who we are. This is called intersectionality.”

“Federal distributing corporations, including venture issuers, created under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA), now need to disclose information to their shareholders and Corporations Canada on the diversity of their boards of directors and senior management teams.”

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