The NDP released its election platform Friday. Here are the highlights, starting with LGBTQ rights.
Women's health and rights.
Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The NDP want to "ensure that police are free to focus on serious crimes" by, in part, immediately decriminalizing the possession of personal amounts of marijuana.
They also want to help communities hire 2,500 new law enforcement officers and adopt recommendations made by Canada's prison watchdog on improving mental health care for offenders.
A national drug plan.
As it stands, each province has a different drug coverage plan. The NDP want to create a national drug plan that they say would help lower prescription costs by 30%. Part of the money saved would come from leveraging the country's bulk buying power, the NDP says.
Another cornerstone of the NDP platform is making sure Canada has 1 million $15-per-day childcare spots — whether by creating new ones or maintaining existing ones. That would cost the federal government $6.2 billion over the next four years.
The NDP would also increase health care funding transfers to the provinces by 6% each year, which the party says would inject an extra $5 billion into the system over four years — but would cost them an extra $2.6 billion over the same period.
The NDP would repeal the Conservatives' controversial anti-terror legislation. They'd reinstate the office of the inspector general, which used to oversee the work of Canada's spy agency, but was folded into the Security Intelligence Review Committee.
The NDP would allow SIRC to work with other watchdogs during investigations and create a parliamentary committee that would oversee national security agencies.
Open to a coalition?
Pull out of Iraq and Syria.
The NDP would pull the Canadian Forces out of the combat mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, redirecting Canada's effort toward "saving the lives of civilians displaced by the conflict." The NDP would also seek to stop the flow of money and weapons to extremists and create a National Coordinator who would fight radicalization at home.
Military funding would stay the same under the NDP, but they would create a "Defence White Paper" by 2016 to figure out what exactly Canada's military should be doing in the world. Within that document would be a review aimed at deciding which fighter jet would best replace Canada's aging CF-18 fleet.
The NDP would tackle issues surrounding military mental health in part with "deployable mental health teams" that would provide care to soldiers on the ground. They'd also pump $165 million into the treatment of PTSD and other mental health issues.
Like the Liberals, the NDP would focus on "restoring Canada's place in the world" by getting Canada a spot on the United Nations security council and working "towards a two-state solution" with Israel and Palestine.
Cut some taxes, raise others.
Emma Loop is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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