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Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo, hire professionally trained security guards instead

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

BS>BS  Party’s support basePro-choice, but ban after the first three months

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseTake the government out of marriage and instead make it a religious decision

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples


Healthcare  ›  Prescription Drugs

Should prescription drugs be covered under Canada’s universal healthcare plan?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes, but only when a high cost threshold is exceeded

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes, but only increase funding for personalized care instead of subsidizing pharmaceutical companies

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Funding

Should the federal government increase spending on healthcare?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should the federal government put a cap on university tuition rates?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes, but only cap tuition to each student's first year rate

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

the Environment  ›  Local Environmental Guidelines

Should local governments follow environmental guidelines set by the United Nations?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Canada maintain a presence at the United Nations?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes, but scale back our current involvement

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  Dental Coverage

Should preventative dental care be covered under Canada’s universal healthcare plan?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes, but only for children

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare

Should healthcare be a provincial or federal responsibility?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseProvincial

Social  ›  Gender Identity

Should “gender identity” be added to anti-discrimination laws?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Logging

Should Canada allow the logging of old growth forests?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into Canada?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo, but we should spend more to increase our border security

the Environment  ›  Renewable Energy

Should the federal government subsidize the production and consumption of renewable energy sources?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

the Environment  ›  Keystone Pipeline

Should the government allow TransCanada to expropriate private property for the construction of the Keystone pipeline?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Universal Child Care

Should the federal government subsidize universal child care?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Northern Gateway Pipeline

Do you support the Northern Gateway pipeline project?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Quebec Sovereignty

Should Quebec be granted sovereignty from the rest of Canada?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Native Funding

Should Canadian aboriginals receive more government funds?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Should nonviolent drug offenders be given mandatory jail sentences?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo, this would allow them to remove competition, create artificial scarcity, and increase prices

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo, sentence them to life in prison without parole instead

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseHurt

Domestic Policy  ›  Commuter Rail

Should the federal government invest in urban, commuter rail infrastructure?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes, but require the labelling of foods that are genetically modified

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo, this is a violation of free speech

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo

Crime  ›  Parole Hearings

Should prisoners serving life sentences for first degree murder be eligible for a parole hearing after 15 years?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

Should Canada continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Canada accept refugees from Syria?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in Canada, have the right to vote?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  National Daycare

Do you support a national daycare policy?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Postsecondary Education

Should postsecondary education be a provincial or federal responsibility?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseProvincial

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Energy Sector

In order to reduce energy costs, should the government nationalize or privatize the energy sector?

BS>BS  Party’s support basePrivatize

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Bill C-51

Do you support Bill C-51, which expands local police and intelligence agencies’ authority to prevent terrorism?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Housing  ›  Home Buyer Incentives

Should the government subsidize home buyers who make less than $120K per year?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Canada increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseDecrease

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should Canadian citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Electoral Reform

Should Canada switch to a proportional representation voting system?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Employment Insurance

Should employment insurance be given to those who work seasonal jobs including tourism, fishery and farming?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Temporary Foreign Workers

Should the government increase or decrease the amount of temporary foreign workers allowed into Canada?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseDecrease

Domestic Policy  ›  Senate

Should the federal government elect or abolish the Senate?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseElect

Domestic Policy  ›  CBC Funding

Should the government increase funding to the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseNo, and eliminate funding

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseIncrease

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseNo, and we should ban the use of sanctuary cities

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support independent schools?

BS>BS  Benjamin Sears voterbaseYes

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

BS>BS  Party’s support baseYes