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Brian Masse’s Policies



Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersPro-choice, and providing birth control, sex education, and more social services will help reduce the number of abortions

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

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Healthcare  ›  Prescription Drugs

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Funding

Should the federal government increase spending on healthcare?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Education  ›  University Tuition

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Canada raise taxes on the rich?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

the Environment  ›  Local Environmental Guidelines

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Canada maintain a presence at the United Nations?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes, private companies should not be able to profit off of healthcare

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?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

Healthcare  ›  Dental Coverage

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Renewable Energy

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes, and make it a living wage

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare

Should healthcare be a provincial or federal responsibility?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersFederal

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

the Environment  ›  Logging

Should Canada allow the logging of old growth forests?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Canada raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersRaise

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of hospital and healthcare services?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersLess, and provide more government funding

the Economy  ›  Universal Child Care

Should the federal government subsidize universal child care?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

BM>BM  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)?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Quebec Sovereignty

Should Quebec be granted sovereignty from the rest of Canada?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

Social  ›  Gender Identity

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Keystone Pipeline

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Should nonviolent drug offenders be given mandatory jail sentences?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Native Funding

Should Canadian aboriginals receive more government funds?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

the Environment  ›  Northern Gateway Pipeline

Do you support the Northern Gateway pipeline project?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes, but only for horrific crimes with undeniable evidence

the Economy  ›  Free Trade

Should Canada pursue free trade deals with other countries?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes, but only with nations that adhere to strict human rights policies

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseHelp

the Economy  ›  Pension Tax

Should the pensions of retired workers be taxed?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo, falling interest rates are already draining elderly pension payouts

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Parole Hearings

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseFewer

Domestic Policy  ›  Commuter Rail

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo, but allow donations from unions and non-profits

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

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?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo, funding should come from their members

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Canada accept refugees from Syria?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes, but only accept families (no single Muslim men)

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Housing  ›  Non-Resident Real Tax

Should the government impose a 1% tax on real estate owned by non-residents?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes, and the tax should be at least 5%

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo, only legal citizens should be allowed to vote

Elections  ›  Prime Minister Term Limits

Should term limits be set for the role of Prime Minister?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

the Economy  ›  Old Age Pensions

Should old age pensions be increased?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes, but producers should not be able to patent seeds

Domestic Policy  ›  Worker Strikes

Should government workers be allowed to strike?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  National Daycare

Do you support a national daycare policy?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Housing  ›  Home Buyer Incentives

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes, and the government should limit the number of homes that can be bought by a single person or corporation

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to Canada be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Energy Sector

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNationalize

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Postsecondary Education

Should postsecondary education be a provincial or federal responsibility?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersProvincial

Foreign Policy  ›  Bill C-51

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes, and drastically increase taxes and import tariffs on outsourcing businesses

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes, and provide more free public transportation

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Canadian flag?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

Should bankers’ bonuses be capped at 100% of their pay?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Income Splitting

Do you support income splitting for families?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes, but cap the maximum benefit at $2k

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Canada increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersDecrease

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersYes

Elections  ›  Electoral Reform

Should Canada switch to a proportional representation voting system?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Temporary Foreign Workers

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

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersDecrease

the Economy  ›  Employment Insurance

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Senate

Should the federal government elect or abolish the Senate?

BM>BM  Party influenceAbolish

the Economy  ›  Pension Premiums

Should the employee contribution rate for the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) be raised above its current 4.49% rate?

BM>BM  Party influenceYes

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes, it will bring economic growth to all countries involved

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo, a global free trade system is better for our businesses and consumers

Domestic Policy  ›  CBC Funding

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersIncrease

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Long Form Census

Should the government reinstate the long form mandatory census?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo, classify it as a commodity

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Copyright

Should the government allow digital publishers to place locks on their content (MP3s, etc)?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support independent schools?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseNo

Transportation  ›  Commercial Drones

Should the government permit the use of drones for commercial purposes?

BM>BM  Brian Masse votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  CSA Funding

Should the government increase funding to the CSA (Canadian Standards Association)?

BM>BM  Party’s support baseYes