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Policy Pulse — Day 22

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Welcome to The Hub’s Federal Election 2021 Policy Pulse, where we’ll be tracking all the policy announcements from the major parties, with instant analysis from our crew of experts.

With the election scheduled for Sept. 20, we’ll be monitoring 36 days worth of policy ideas, so watch out each morning for the day’s live blog where we’ll be tracking every announcement as it happens.

Sunday

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was in Markham, Ontario on Sunday promising to make it mandatory for owners of weapons recently banned weapons to sell them back to the government or have them rendered inoperable at the government’s expense. Trudeau also promised to limit the number of rounds in high-capacity magazines and offer $1 billion to the provinces and territories to ban handguns.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was in Vancouver on Sunday promising to hire 200 extra RCMP officers to battle gun smuggling and gang activity. The officers would be based in Toronto and Vancouver. O’Toole also reversed the party’s position on repealing the government’s ban on what it describes as “”military-grade weapons,” and now says the ban will remain intact.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was in Ottawa on Sunday promising to launch a $1 billion program to “remove barriers” and nudge unvaccinated people to get the shot.

Policy Pulse — Day 21

News

Welcome to The Hub’s Federal Election 2021 Policy Pulse, where we’ll be tracking all the policy announcements from the major parties, with instant analysis from our crew of experts.

With the election scheduled for Sept. 20, we’ll be monitoring 36 days worth of policy ideas, so watch out each morning for the day’s live blog where we’ll be tracking every announcement as it happens.

Saturday

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau took a break from the campaign on Saturday.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole promised on Saturday to work with the provinces to build a national system to give Canadians proof of COVID-19 vaccination for foreign travelling. O’Toole promised to get at least 90 percent of eligible Canadians vaccinated, by covering the cost of time off for employers and transportation for those who need it. The Conservatives also promised a booster shot strategy that would prioritize seniors and immunocompromised people.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was in St. John’s on Saturday promising that an NDP wealth tax would bring in enough money to cover the beginnings of a government-subsidized dental care program. Singh said the program would provide full dental coverage for families earning less than $60,000 per year and partial coverage for families earning less than $90,000 per year. The NDP estimates the program would cost $1.5 billion in the first year and then $1 billion the following year.