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Elizabeth May’s Policies



Healthcare  ›  COVID Mask Mandate

Should the government require people to wear face masks in public during the COVID pandemic?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but only indoors or crowded areas

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Elizabeth May voterbasePro-choice, and providing birth control, sex education, and more social services will help reduce the number of abortions

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, hire professionally trained security guards instead

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, our mental healthcare system needs more funding to provide a higher quality of care and services

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples

Social  ›  Gender Identity

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and the government should do more to protect minorities from discrimination

Healthcare  ›  Prescription Drugs

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but only for low income families

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, and enact legislation preventing government surveillance of citizen communications

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Education  ›  University Tuition

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and the government should provide free university education

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Canada raise taxes on the rich?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and the government should do more to require diversity in the workplace

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, require strict background checks, psychological testing, and training

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

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)?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Funding

Should the federal government increase spending on healthcare?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and do not privatize any services

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and adjust it every year according to inflation

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, we should respect all cultural traditions

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, everyone should receive an income to cover basic necessities including food and housing

the Environment  ›  Local Environmental Guidelines

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and exceed the guidelines and be the world leader in environmental standards

Healthcare  ›  Stay At Home Order

Should the government enforce a “stay-at-home” order to combat the coronavirus?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete against athletes that differ from their assigned sex at birth?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but only if their hormone levels are equivalent to those in the gender category in which they compete

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

the Environment  ›  Logging

Should Canada allow the logging of old growth forests?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, preservation of our forests outweighs the economic benefits

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Canada raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseRaise

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, preventing women from serving in combat roles is discriminatory

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, too many people are innocently convicted

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, this system guarantees healthcare for everyone

Healthcare  ›  Dental Coverage

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, preventative dental care is an important aspect of long term health

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?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseLess, and there should be no privatization of the healthcare industry

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?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and ban all disposable products that are not made of at least 75% of biodegradable material

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but the government should provide free language learning courses

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

Domestic Policy  ›  Native Funding

Should Canadian aboriginals receive more government funds?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

Education  ›  International Students

Should low income international students be provided with a free education?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, social media companies are private and should not be regulated by the government

the Environment  ›  Renewable Energy

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

the Environment  ›  Keystone Pipeline

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, do not build the pipeline and shut down all oil production in the tar sands

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, and we should increase the amount of immigrants we currently allow into the country

Domestic Policy  ›  Quebec Sovereignty

Should Quebec be granted sovereignty from the rest of Canada?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, sovereignty cannot solve Quebec's problems

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

the Environment  ›  Northern Gateway Pipeline

Do you support the Northern Gateway pipeline project?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, not until all the Aboriginal bands this project affects agree to it

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, I do not believe in the death penalty

the Economy  ›  Universal Child Care

Should the federal government subsidize universal child care?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but only for low income families

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare

Should healthcare be a provincial or federal responsibility?

  Party’s support baseFederal

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Student Loan Debt

Should the government forgive up to $20,000 of student loan debt?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but only if the information was legally obtained

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, for most but not all drugs

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Canada maintain a presence at the United Nations?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and use the U.N. peacekeeping forces to protect our interests

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, politicians should not be bought by wealthy donors

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?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  Party influenceYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Defunding the Police

Should funding for local police departments be redirected to social and community based programs?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Commuter Rail

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

Elections  ›  Electoral Reform

Should Canada switch to a proportional representation voting system?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseHelp, in theory but have recently become corrupt and should have their powers limited

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, these types of donations just turn into bribes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and immediately release anyone serving time solely for drug offenses

the Economy  ›  Free Trade

Should Canada pursue free trade deals with other countries?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but only with nations that adhere to strict human rights policies

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Party’s support baseNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, this is a violation of free speech

Elections  ›  Prime Minister Term Limits

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, voters should decide how long they stay in office

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseFewer, and ensure benefits go to those that need it most

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseDecrease

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, funding should come from their members

Crime  ›  Parole Hearings

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and we should provide more rehabilitation programs for prisoners

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but require the labelling of foods that are genetically modified

the Economy  ›  Old Age Pensions

Should old age pensions be increased?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but only for low income pensioners

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should Canada increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseIncrease

Domestic Policy  ›  Energy Sector

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNationalize

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Canada accept refugees from Syria?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but only after extensive background checks and continuous monitoring to ensure they have no terrorist connections

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  National Daycare

Do you support a national daycare policy?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but only for low income families and single parents

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, increase taxes on the wealthy instead

Domestic Policy  ›  Worker Strikes

Should government workers be allowed to strike?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Should nonviolent drug offenders be given mandatory jail sentences?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, first offence should result in a mandatory rehabilitation program, further offences result in jailtime

the Economy  ›  Pension Tax

Should the pensions of retired workers be taxed?

  Party influenceNo

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, NAFTA helps lower the prices of consumer products

Housing  ›  Foreign Owned Homes

Should foreigners be banned from buying homes in Canada for 2 years?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and require a public audit each year they are in office

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, we should invest in cleaner alternatives such as wind, hydroelectric, thorium, and geothermal

the Economy  ›  Small Business Funding

Should the government increase funding for small businesses?

  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?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, it is a slippery slope towards a police state

Education  ›  Postsecondary Education

Should postsecondary education be a provincial or federal responsibility?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseProvincially managed but with federal standards to ensure consistency

Housing  ›  Home Buyer Incentives

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and the government should limit the number of homes that can be bought by a single person or corporation

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Canadian flag?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, this is a violation of free speech

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, unless they have committed a crime

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and lower the cap to 50%

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Canada increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseIncrease

Housing  ›  Non-Resident Real Tax

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, and the tax should be at least 5%

Housing  ›  Affordable Housing

Should the government subsidize the building of 1.4 million new homes over the next four years?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  World Health Organization

Should the government fund the World Health Organization?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Senate

Should the federal government elect or abolish the Senate?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseElect, and require members to be non-partisan

the Economy  ›  Employment Insurance

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, if they pay into it

the Economy  ›  Income Splitting

Do you support income splitting for families?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, income splitting provides tax fairness

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, every citizen deserves the right to vote

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but only if the spending goes towards environmentally friendly solutions

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, not until we decrease our national debt

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, it will bring economic growth to all countries involved

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  CBC Funding

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, and decrease funding

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but they must perform community service on a daily basis

Immigration  ›  Temporary Foreign Workers

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

  Party’s support baseNeither, maintain the current amount

Transportation  ›  Green Transportation

Should all public buses and trains run on electric power?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Pension Premiums

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

  Party influenceNo

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, a global free trade system is better for our businesses and consumers

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseNo, classify it as a commodity

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, as long as the local environment is not compromised

Domestic Policy  ›  Long Form Census

Should the government reinstate the long form mandatory census?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, the information is vital for economists, scientists, statisticians, and the government to accurately make important policy decisions

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support independent schools?

  Elizabeth May voterbaseYes, but not at the expense of funding public schools

Domestic Policy  ›  Copyright

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

  Elizabeth May voterbaseLet the free market, instead of the government, decide

the Economy  ›  Aluminum Quotas

Should Canada put quotas on its aluminum exports?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Venezuela Sanctions

Should the government lift sanctions on the Venezuelan government?

  Party’s support baseNo