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Yves-François Blanchet’s Policies



Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, hire professionally trained security guards instead

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Party influenceNo

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersTake 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but only for low income families

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, our mental healthcare system needs more funding to provide a higher quality of care and services

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Funding

Should the federal government increase spending on healthcare?

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Education  ›  University Tuition

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, and the government should provide free university education

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Canada raise taxes on the rich?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersLower the income tax rate and remove all existing tax loopholes for large corporations

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

the Environment  ›  Local Environmental Guidelines

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, and exceed the guidelines and be the world leader in environmental standards

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Canada maintain a presence at the United Nations?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, and use the U.N. peacekeeping forces to protect our interests

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but provide treatment for those testing positive

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, and it should test more than just a basic level of understanding

Healthcare  ›  Dental Coverage

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, preventative dental care is an important aspect of long term health

the Environment  ›  Renewable Energy

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare

Should healthcare be a provincial or federal responsibility?

  Party influenceProvincial

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, preservation of our forests outweighs the economic benefits

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Canada raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersKeep current rates but eliminate deductions and loop holes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but not for cosmetics

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

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

  Party’s support baseLess

the Economy  ›  Universal Child Care

Should the federal government subsidize universal child care?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but only for low income families

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, this will encourage people not to work and harm economic growth

Domestic Policy  ›  Quebec Sovereignty

Should Quebec be granted sovereignty from the rest of Canada?

  Party influenceYes

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)?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

Social  ›  Gender Identity

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, we should address gender identity as a mental health issue and provide funds for more research and care

the Environment  ›  Keystone Pipeline

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, do not build the pipeline and shut down all oil production in the tar sands

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Should nonviolent drug offenders be given mandatory jail sentences?

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but only for medical use

Domestic Policy  ›  Native Funding

Should Canadian aboriginals receive more government funds?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo

the Environment  ›  Northern Gateway Pipeline

Do you support the Northern Gateway pipeline project?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, spending life in prison is a harsher sentence

the Economy  ›  Free Trade

Should Canada pursue free trade deals with other countries?

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersHelp, in theory but have recently become corrupt and should have their powers limited

the Economy  ›  Pension Tax

Should the pensions of retired workers be taxed?

  Party influenceYes

Crime  ›  Parole Hearings

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, and reinstate the death penalty for heinous premeditated crimes

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersMore, reform the system so that it supplements, rather than replaces, a working income

Domestic Policy  ›  Commuter Rail

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, these types of donations just turn into bribes

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, sentence them to life in prison without parole instead

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but their identity must be privately verified by a female staff member

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?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, NAFTA helps lower the prices of consumer products

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, funding should come from their members

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, this is a violation of free speech

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Canada accept refugees from Syria?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but only after extensive background checks and continuous monitoring to ensure they have no terrorist connections

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but only if releasing the information does not threaten our national security

Housing  ›  Non-Resident Real Tax

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, and the tax should be at least 20%

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, cuts to public spending will negatively affect the economy

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, voters should decide how long they stay in office

the Economy  ›  Old Age Pensions

Should old age pensions be increased?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but only for low income pensioners

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

  Party influenceNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Worker Strikes

Should government workers be allowed to strike?

  Party influenceYes

Domestic Policy  ›  National Daycare

Do you support a national daycare policy?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but only for low income families and single parents

Housing  ›  Home Buyer Incentives

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersIncrease, our economy relies on businesses hiring the highest skilled workers at the lowest cost

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, unless they have committed a crime

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, and require a public audit each year they are in office

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, politicians should not be bought by wealthy donors

Domestic Policy  ›  Energy Sector

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

  Party influenceNationalize

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Yves-François Blanchet 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?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersProvincial

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, and drastically increase taxes and import tariffs on outsourcing businesses

Foreign Policy  ›  Bill C-51

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, the government should intervene to boost a recovery

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but only if the spending goes towards environmentally friendly solutions

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Canadian flag?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, I don’t respect anyone who does but they should have the right to do so

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, and lower the cap to 50%

the Economy  ›  Income Splitting

Do you support income splitting for families?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but cap the maximum benefit at $2k

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Canada increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersDecrease

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Electoral Reform

Should Canada switch to a proportional representation voting system?

  Party influenceNo

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, and neither should corporations and business organizations

Immigration  ›  Temporary Foreign Workers

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNeither, maintain the current amount

the Economy  ›  Employment Insurance

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, but with limits set for workers with above average seasonal salaries

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, they should be reduced

Domestic Policy  ›  Senate

Should the federal government elect or abolish the Senate?

  Party influenceAbolish

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, it will bring economic growth to all countries involved

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  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  CBC Funding

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersIncrease

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Long Form Census

Should the government reinstate the long form mandatory census?

  Party influenceYes

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo, classify it as a commodity

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Copyright

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersLet the free market, instead of the government, decide

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support independent schools?

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes, as long as the local environment is not compromised

Transportation  ›  Commercial Drones

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  CSA Funding

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

  Yves-François Blanchet votersNo