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Maxime Bernier’s Policies



Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, hire professionally trained security guards instead

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Maxime Bernier votersPro-choice, but ban after the first three months

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, and enact legislation preventing government surveillance of citizen communications

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but allow churches the right to refuse same-sex ceremonies

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples

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Healthcare  ›  Prescription Drugs

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but only when a high cost threshold is exceeded

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, 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?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Funding

Should the federal government increase spending on healthcare?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, and do not privatize any services

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Education  ›  University Tuition

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, 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?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

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?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes

the Environment  ›  Local Environmental Guidelines

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Canada maintain a presence at the United Nations?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but scale back our current involvement

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, test anyone receiving money from the government including employees and politicians

Healthcare  ›  Dental Coverage

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but only for children

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but allow people to use private insurance

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?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, and it should test more than just a basic level of understanding

the Environment  ›  Renewable Energy

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare

Should healthcare be a provincial or federal responsibility?

  Maxime Bernier votersProvincial

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, but we should spend more to increase our border security

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, 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?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but only selective logging, no clearcutting, and a plan for regrowth

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Canada raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Maxime Bernier votersLower

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but not for cosmetics

the Economy  ›  Universal Child Care

Should the federal government subsidize universal child care?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

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)?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, this would allow them to remove competition, create artificial scarcity, and increase prices

Domestic Policy  ›  Quebec Sovereignty

Should Quebec be granted sovereignty from the rest of Canada?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, sovereignty cannot solve Quebec's problems

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

Social  ›  Gender Identity

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

the Environment  ›  Keystone Pipeline

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, if the landowners are fairly compensated

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Should nonviolent drug offenders be given mandatory jail sentences?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, only if they were arrested for trafficking

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, and immediately release anyone serving time solely for drug offenses

Domestic Policy  ›  Native Funding

Should Canadian aboriginals receive more government funds?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

the Environment  ›  Northern Gateway Pipeline

Do you support the Northern Gateway pipeline project?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but only for horrific crimes with undeniable evidence

the Economy  ›  Free Trade

Should Canada pursue free trade deals with other countries?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but only if strong protections for our national resources and workers are enacted with each trade deal

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Party’s support baseHurt

the Economy  ›  Pension Tax

Should the pensions of retired workers be taxed?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, pensions should be based on private, non-taxable accounts

Crime  ›  Parole Hearings

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, and reinstate the death penalty for heinous premeditated crimes

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Maxime Bernier votersMore, and deny benefits to immigrants

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

Domestic Policy  ›  Commuter Rail

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, transportation services should be left to the private sector

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, sentence them to life in prison without parole instead

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?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, and disallow politicians that are under investigation for a crime

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, NAFTA helps lower the prices of consumer products

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, this is a violation of free speech

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, funding should come from their members

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but only if releasing the information does not threaten our national security

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but require the labelling of foods that are genetically modified

Domestic Policy  ›  National Daycare

Do you support a national daycare policy?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Housing  ›  Home Buyer Incentives

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, unless they have committed a crime

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, I would respect them more if they did but they shouldn’t be required to

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Energy Sector

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

  Maxime Bernier votersPrivatize

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, and ban all political donations and publicly fund elections

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, athletes should compete based on the biological sex that is listed on their birth certificate

Education  ›  Postsecondary Education

Should postsecondary education be a provincial or federal responsibility?

  Maxime Bernier votersProvincial

Foreign Policy  ›  Bill C-51

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, 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?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, but in the form of tax breaks for all citizens

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, any worker should be rewarded based on their success

the Economy  ›  Income Splitting

Do you support income splitting for families?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, income splitting provides tax fairness

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Canada increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Maxime Bernier votersDecrease

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Elections  ›  Electoral Reform

Should Canada switch to a proportional representation voting system?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, as long as offshore income is reported

Immigration  ›  Temporary Foreign Workers

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

  Party’s support baseDecrease

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, not until we decrease our national debt

the Economy  ›  Employment Insurance

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, if they pay into it

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, this will hurt our manufacturing businesses that rely on importing cheap resources to make their products

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  CBC Funding

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, and eliminate funding

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Maxime Bernier votersIncrease

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Long Form Census

Should the government reinstate the long form mandatory census?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, the information is vital for economists, scientists, statisticians, and the government to accurately make important policy decisions

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo, classify it as a commodity

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Copyright

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

  Maxime Bernier votersLet the free market, instead of the government, decide

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support independent schools?

  Maxime Bernier votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes, if the company promises to create new jobs by hiring local residents

Transportation  ›  Commercial Drones

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

  Maxime Bernier votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  CSA Funding

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

  Maxime Bernier votersNo