About Your Candidates
The 2019 federal election will be held on October 21, 2019. The campaign period is a golden opportunity to get our message out to future Parliamentarians about the value of a robust health research and innovation ecosystem to the country and what is needed from them to sustain and promote it.
The last federal election on October 19, 2015 produced a majority Liberal government. The Conservatives became the Official Opposition after leading the government for more than nine years. The current party standings in the House of Commons are: Liberals 177 seats, Conservatives 96 seats, the NDP 41 seats, the Bloc Québécois 10 seats, Green Party 2 seats, Independent members 7 seats, the People’s Party of Canada 1 seat, the Canadian Cooperative Commonwealth 1 seat.
Generally speaking, political parties will likely focus on these key issues during the 2019 campaign:
- Liberal – Reducing the burden on the middle class, pharmacare, job creation, climate change, infrastructure, seniors, gender equality, rural connectivity, affordable housing.
- Conservative – Reducing taxes, balanced budget, carbon tax, energy project approvals, ethics, immigration and secure borders.
- NDP – Social inequality, electoral reform, pharmacare, corporate tax increases, climate change, affordable housing.
Focusing on health policy specifically:
- Pharmacare is positioned to take up much of the oxygen for the healthcare debate.
- Cost will drive the debate on pharmacare. The Conservatives are expected to introduce an alternative pharma plan as a counter to the Liberal and NDP plans. The Conservatives recently signaled a five-year return to budget timeline, which would allow for an investment in the program.
- Seniors are on the radar for all three major parties. The youth-focused Liberal government created a ministerial post for seniors late in its mandate, and other parties are expected to include this issue in their platforms. The Conservatives are considering initiatives to address seniors’ homelessness; and support services are a focus for the Liberals.
- Indigenous health services are a focus for the Liberals and NDP. The Liberals have invested massive figures in social services and healthcare for rural and remote communities, as well as Indigenous communities in urban centres.
- Access to healthcare is a focus for all parties including the Green Party. The Liberals appointed a rural minister partway through their mandate and are identifying potential commitments to rural health access.
- Mental health investment is poised to be a Liberal commitment. The Liberal-lead health committee recently completed a study on farmers’ mental health.
- Cuts to health spending in Ontario are being watched closely by the Liberals, who are eyeing an opportunity to make up the gap being created by the Ford government.
2019 Candidate Survey
The following Candidates have completed our 2019 Candidate Survey. Click on their names to view their responses.
- Laurel Collins (Victoria, BC)
- Yvonne Hanson (Vancouver-Granville, BC)
- Taleeb Noormohamed (Vancouver-Granville, BC)
- Jagmeet Singh (Burnaby South, BC)
- Angelique Belcourt (Simcoe North, ON)
- Stephanie Bell (Bay of Quinte, ON)
- Sarah Climenhaga (Toronto St. Paul’s, ON)
- Carol Dyck (London North Centre, ON)
- Mohamed Hammoud (London-Fanshawe, ON)
- Melissa Jean-Baptiste Vajda (University-Rosedale, ON)
- Angela Keller-Herzog (Ottawa Centre, ON)
- Shawna Lewkowitz (London West, ON)
- Mike McMullen (London West, ON)
- Oriana Ngabirano (Ottawa-Vanier, ON)
- Mike Schmitz (Humber River-Black Creek, ON)
- Adam Vaughan (Spadina Fort York, ON)
- Kate Young (London West, ON)
Don’t see your local Candidate? Send them a link to our 2019 Candidate Survey and ask them to share their thoughts on Canadian health research and health innovation with their future constituents!