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The Trudeau government had originally made 569 promises in its 2021 campaign platform and press releases.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

3.12.12 - “A re-elected Liberal government will […] [p]rovide $400 million over 4 years to build on the growing demand for virtual care that arose during the pandemic.”

Published: Nov 2021
Partially kept

Saskatchewan joins Alberta, Nova Scotia and Ontario in prioritizing virtual healthcare since Budget 2023.

“$390.4 million over four years, starting in 2024-25, to build or renovate health facilities, including to support the Virtual Health Hub led by the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies.”

Partially kept

This is a bilateral agreement, but part of an announced federal health funding program that includes virtual healthcare.

“Canada and Saskatchewan announced a binding agreement in principle on the Working Together to Improve Health Care for Canadians plan, supported by nearly $200 billion in federal funding over ten years, [which] includes a $25 billion federal commitment in bilateral funding […] focused on four shared health priorities, [… including that of] modernizing health systems through health data and digital tools.”

Partially kept

The funding is partial and does not directly target the needs for virtual health care, but these are among the federal priorities that can be selected by the provinces as part of this funding.

“The new fund proposed by the federal government also includes an envelope of $25 billion over 10 years to be distributed among the provinces through bilateral agreements […to be] accompanied by “an action plan adapted to the needs of each province” to advance “common priorities” identified by the federal government, [including] data sharing between provinces, better access to family doctors, reduction of surgical waiting lists and funding for mental health services. To access these funds, provinces will have to choose which of these priorities they wish to pursue.”

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Forward. For Everyone

Published: Nov 2021
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