Rules for Policy Discussions

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On behalf of the entire Conservative Party and its membership, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of the hard-working members of the NPC. Chair of the NPC The Territories British Columbia British Columbia Alberta Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Ontario Ontario Ontario Quebec Quebec Quebec Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island Menno Froese Edward Atkinson Scott Lamb Donald Leben Linda Lo Richard N. Billington Wolfgang Langenbacher Wayne Benson William (Bill) Lundy Jim Karahalios Philip O’Dell Lisa Lumley Axel Rioux Yannis Harrouche Jocelyn Allard Morley Whitt Doug Williams Robert Batherson Merlin Cormier

The committee sought feedback from EDA’s on potential policy resolutions in a fair and open process. This began with the NPC interfacing with EDA’s and regional policy forums as part of an ongoing and open national policy process, at all times accountable to members of the Conservative Party of Canada. 274 policies were submitted of which 199 were unique. The Policy Committee was then tasked with ranking these submissions electronically based on the criteria outlined in the National Policy Committee Toolkit. The NPC then met face-to-face to debate and confirm the rankings as they are presented here. The final rankings were determined by a series of open votes held by the National Policy Committee. The policies have been sorted into 3 separate policy streams: 1-Canada’s Social Fabric 2-Role of Government, Taxation and Crime 3-Economic Development. While there is not sufficient time to debate the full 199 policy resolution submissions, the National Council has ensured that those resolutions which received the strongest support will be debated during the policy breakout sessions.

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Rules for Policy Discussions A copy of the rules for Constitution and Policy Discussions has been posted to the Conservative Party of Canada website. A brief summary is provided below for ease of reference. Policy Break-Out Workshops Policy resolutions to be debated will be broken into three streams by subject matter Break-Out sessions will be moderated Only delegates may speak or vote Subject to the discretion of the moderator in light of time constraints, policy resolutions will be debated in the following manner: o 1 minute to introduce (sponsoring EDA) o 1 minute for caucus commentary if required o 1 additional speaker in favour (1 minute – order determined by moderator) o 2 speakers against (1 minute – order determined by moderator) o 30 seconds rebuttal (sponsoring EDA) The moderator will call a vote which shall be counted A maximum of ten (10) policy resolutions per break-out workshop which receive an affirmative vote by a majority of delegates voting in the break-out workshop will be listed on the agenda of Plenary. If more than (10) policy resolutions receive an affirmative vote by a majority of delegates voting in the break-out workshop, then priority shall be given to the policy resolutions that received 80% support and the balance sorted by the highest total absolute votes cast. Plenary If two or more delegates of the Plenary call for debate, the Chair will immediately call for a vote. Only where, in the Chair’s determination, the vote shows that a clear majority of delegates wish to have a debate, will a limited debate be permitted in the following manner: o 30 seconds to introduce

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o 30 seconds for caucus commentary if required o 1 additional speaker in favour (30 seconds – order determined by moderator) o 2 speakers against (30 seconds – order determined by moderator) o 1 additional speaker – rebuttal by sponsoring EDA (30 seconds – order determined by moderator) Only delegates will be permitted to speak and vote As provided in the Constitution, a resolution amending either the Constitution or the Policy Declaration may only be amended by a majority of votes cast by delegates and a majority of votes cast by delegates from each of a majority of individual provinces. The territories together shall constitute one province.

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POLICY AMENDMENT FORMAT - Modifications

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-01-046 – EN EDA – Crowfoot Section K – 66 - Social Policy (MODIFICATION) Sponsoring EDA(s)

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POLICY AMENDMENT FORMAT - New

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Economic Development – 3-02-200 – EN EDA – Crowfoot Section V – Social Policy (NEW) Sponsoring EDA(s)

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Proposed Section Number Proposed Section Title 128. Devitantes Errata Resolution Text

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POLICY FLOOR RESOLUTIONS : CANADA’S SOCIAL FABRIC
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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-01-134 - EN EDA – Essex Section J – Medical Isotopes (NEW) 63. Medical Isotopes The Conservative Party supports the Canadian production of medical isotopes.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-02-250 - EN EDA – Calgary Northeast Section T - 118 – Recognition of International Credentials (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party believes in providing new immigrants and Canadians with foreign qualifications with the best possible opportunity to use their education and experience here in Canada. We see this as a matter of fairness to them newcomers and their families and a means of ensuring that Canada receives the full benefit of immigration foreign qualifications. i) We support working with the provinces to develop, in consultation with Canadian professional and trade associations, a process to evaluate standards in countries of origin in order to establish a workable system for assessing and recognizing credentials and experience; ii) We support working with the provinces to: a) ensure that equivalency exams are fair and that they accurately reflect the level of understanding expected of individuals educated in Canada; and b) to develop, in consultation with Canadian professional and trade associations, criteria for obtaining equivalent Canadian professional status, and transition and bridging programs for integration of foreign qualified individuals immigrants into the Canadian workplace; and c) work with recognized professional bodies to prequalify internationally trained individuals for certain occupations as part of the immigration process iii) We support requiring the credentials process to be disclosed to applicants by immigration staff overseas and on the Citizenship and Immigration Working in Canada website; iv) We support encouraging international students graduating from accredited Canadian colleges and universities to remain and work in Canada; and v) We support developing a better system to identify Canada’s occupations facing current labour market shortages needs and make the points immigration system more flexible to ensure these needs can be met.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-03-222 - EN EDA – New Brunswick Southwest Section R - 108 – Agricultural Principles (MODIFICATION) Amended:
The Conservative Party views the agriculture industry to be a key strategic economic sector of Canada. We recognize that various regions of Canada and sectors of the industry hold competitive advantages in agricultural production. National agriculture policy development and ongoing support will continue to reflect our belief that one size does not fit all. Agriculture policy must be developed only in consultation with the agricultural producers. Our farmers today are business operators, and to dictate policy which might have an adverse effect on this business community would have negative consequences and go against Conservative Party principles. Balancing financial responsibility with support programs that actually work is a major priority of this party. i) Food. Food is one of the basic necessities of life, and we believe the government should place high priority on assuring that Canada’s food supply is safe, secure, and sustainable. We should seek to be among the world’s best when it comes to the safety of our food supply. We encourage measures to ensure accurate labelling of ingredients and country(ies) of origin, and more rigorous safety testing of imported food products. i) Food. Food is one of the basic necessities of life, and we believe the government must place high priority on assuring that Canada’s food supply is safe, secure, and sustainable. We must seek to be the world’s best when it comes to the safety of our food supply. We will encourage measures to require clear and accurate labeling of ingredients and country(ies) of origin, and more rigorous safety testing of imported food products. ii) Export and Diversification. To ensure that Canada has a secure supply of food, we support self-sufficiency in national food production, including increased diversification in the types of foods and agricultural products produced. We encourage government to seek to enhance export opportunities for all agricultural products with special emphasis on markets for processed and finished commodities. Through diversifying, the value added process and manufacturing will create new jobs within the respective communities and Canada. iii) Sustainability. If we are to ensure that Canada’s food supply is assured in the long term, agricultural production must be both economically and environmentally sustainable. We believe that responsible land use and receiving a fair return for growing food go hand in hand. To mitigate against unforeseen adversity, we will continue putting in the hands of the individual producer the innovative economic tools, such as stabilization accounts, to allow them to respond to changing market conditions and to manage the risks of weather and disease. iv) Rural Economy. As the agricultural base of the rural economy has declined, so too has infrastructure in small communities. To preserve the social fabric of rural Canada, we encourage the government to foster diversity and responsible development in small towns
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and villages by encouraging innovation in the development of small businesses that keep these communities alive.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-04-210 - EN EDA – Hamilton Centre/Toronto Centre Section N - 100 – Internet Connectivity (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party recognizes the vital importance of internet connectivity to full Canadian participation in global economic, social, and cultural communities. The government should create an environment that encourages private sector investment to increase broadband infrastructure, especially in rural and remote areas of Canada. The Conservative Party of Canada will protect privacy and fair access for all Canadians in all legislation and policy endeavours. The Conservative Party of Canada does not support online censorship nor regulation of content within the limits permitted by the Criminal Code.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-05-254 - EN EDA – Ottawa Centre Section U- 121 – Foreign Affairs Principles (MINOR MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party supports a foreign policy that protects Canada’s sovereignty and independence, promotes our national interests (political, economic and strategic), contributes to collective security and defence, promotes democratic principles and human rights, and assists in international development. i) We believe the government should recognize the importance of an ethical dimension in foreign policy and will advance the values broadly supported by Canadians. ii) We believe that Canada's international relations, trade and foreign aid policies should advance the country's economic interests while promoting human rights, democracy, and individual freedom. iii) We believe the government should integrate our foreign policy with policies on trade and national defence. iv) We believe the government should take strong action to combat human trafficking and should take a lead in developing international agreements and protocols against human trafficking.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-06-015 - EN EDA – Ottawa Centre Section C – Rights of Workers (NEW) 14. Rights of Workers The Conservative Party of Canada: i) Supports the right of workers to organize democratically, to bargain collectively and to peacefully withdraw and withhold services while, a) Respecting the law, and b) Respecting the right of other workers, without sanction, not to participate should they so chose, c) Respecting private property; ii) Believes that Government should work with unions and employers in areas of Federal jurisdiction to develop dispute settlement mechanisms and encourage their use to avoid or minimize disruption to services to Canadians; iii) Supports the right of union workers to a secret ballot in any strike vote and in all union elections; iv) Supports the requirement that unions be subject to full, transparent annual financial reporting so long as they enjoy a not-for-profit status and receive public support in the form of tax deductibility of union dues. v) Believes that the federal government must act to ensure that members of unions under federal jurisdiction have control over the use of the funds collected in the form of mandatory dues. The federal government should legislate the following: a) Federal Public Service unions and unions in federally regulated industries must explicitly detail on an annual basis for their membership the portion of their budget allocated to political donations, donations to media organizations, and to political activism and campaigns. b) Federal Public Service Unions and unions in federally regulated industries must allow members to opt out of the portion of their dues that are allocated to the activities in (i) above

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-07-106 - EN EDA – Calgary Centre-North Section I - 45 – Environmental Principles (MODIFICATION) Amended: In order to have a strong economy and maintain good health, Canada must have strong, coordinated and achievable environmental policies. The Conservative Party believes that responsible exploration, development, conservation and renewal of our environment is vital to our continued well-being as a nation and as individuals. i) We believe that it is the responsibility of government to ensure that the sometimes competing values of preserving the environment and creating jobs are maintained in proper balance. ii) We believe that all environment and energy initiatives should be reviewed. iii) We believe that an effective international emissions reduction regime on climate change must be truly global and must include binding targets for all the world’ s major emitters, including China and the United States. iv) We believe that Canada should create a program to heighten public awareness to the economic benefits of environmental solutions which minimize the waste of resources. v) We believe that Canada should establish a program of tax credits to promote environmental solutions in the areas of transportation and entrepreneurial innovation, among others. vi) We believe the federal and territorial governments should make joint investments to study and address climate change adaptation in the North. vii) We believe that the government, in its areas of jurisdiction and in collaboration with the provinces and territories, continue to give priority to an effective national conservation strategy, based on strong science and with superlative standards, providing necessary contiguous habitat areas for species and the protection of watersheds in all regions of the country.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-08-255 - EN EDA – Brossard - La Prairie Section U – Human Rights Abroad (NEW) 125. Human Rights Abroad The Conservative Party of Canada believes that Canada must continue to defend the democratic countries of the Middle East and the right of Israel to exist.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-09-194 - EN EDA – Kildonan-St Paul Section M - 97 – Sexual Exploitation in Canada (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party rejects the normalization of prostitution and declares that human beings are not objects to be enslaved, bought and sold; and ii) The Conservative Party will develop a comprehensive strategy to address and prevent the legalization of keeping a common bawdy house, living off the avails of prostitution, and communication for the purpose of prostitution. i) The Conservative Party rejects the concept of legalizing the purchase of sex; ii) The Conservative Party declares that human beings are not objects to be enslaved, bought or sold; and iii) The Conservative Party of Canada shall develop a Canada specific plan to target the purchasers of sex and human trafficking markets through criminalizing the purchase of sex as well as the acts of any third party attempting to profit from the purchase of sex.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-10-133 - EN EDA – Burlington Section J – Mental Health (NEW) 63. Mental Health To continue to support the development of a national strategy to identify, treat and support those who are mentally ill, inside and outside of our correctional facilities. To protect them. To protect Society.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-11-099 - EN EDA – Red Deer Section H - 42 – Transportation Principles (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party supports a modern, efficient transportation system that is integral to the well-being of Canada’s economy, and essential for Canada to be competitive in continental and global markets. i) We support public-private infrastructure investment as part of a comprehensive approach to improving and sustaining a world-class transportation system. ii) We believe that ensuring access to future transportation infrastructure for people with disabilities is a fundamental priority for all future public or private transportation installations. iii) We support the reduction or elimination of federal government fees, levies, taxes and rents, hidden and otherwise, associated with Canada’s national transportation system. iv) We believe that it is an important ongoing responsibility of government to improve border crossings and alleviate congestion at the border. We also recognize the need for improving security and improved relations with the United States and recommends that the feasibility of a North American perimeter be studied. v) We believe the government should assume responsibility for legitimate Customs and Immigration costs for all points of entry into Canada. vi) We believe the government should improve border crossings and alleviate congestion resulting in the timely delivery of goods. vii) We believe the government should improve the security of Canada’s transportation system, including ports and marine facilities. viii) The Conservative Party believes that a high quality, modern and efficient transportation network is necessary to enable Canada and Canadians to remain productive and competitive. The Conservative Party will create a National Transportation Strategy that focuses on making key improvement to the transportation grid with a primary focus on projects that benefit inter-provincial movement of people and goods and which supports economic development. Such projects would be done keeping in mind our party’s overall fiscal goals and the economic net benefit to all Canadians.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-12-161 - EN EDA – Etobicoke - Lakeshore Section K – Harassing Telephone Calls (NEW) 75. Harassing Telephone Calls That the harassing telephone calls Section 372 (3) of the Criminal Code be amended to include digital communications (e.g. text messages).

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-13-152 - EN EDA – Souris - Moose Mountain Section K – Faith Based Organizations (NEW) 75. Faith Based Organizations The Conservative Party supports the right of faith based organizations to refuse the use of their facilities to individuals or groups holding views which are contrary to the beliefs or standards of the faith based organization without fear of sanctions or harassment and that discrimination based on the beliefs of a faith based organization be excluded from the definition of disallowed discrimination under Human Rights.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-14-115 - EN EDA – Edmonton - St. Albert Section J - 55 – Medicare Audit (NEW/MODIFICATION) Amended: 55. Medicare Audit The Conservative Party supports the concept of a social audit, under the existing office of the Chief Actuary, to help Canadians and their governments determine how well their Medicare is working. The audit would include actuarial advice on program design and health care financing issues. 55. Federal Health Care Transfer Payments The Conservative Party believes the payment system used to finance the Federal Government share of Canada’s provincial Medicare program spending should be fair and reasonable and provided on similar terms and conditions throughout the nation.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-15-159 - EN EDA – Mapleque Section K - Pensions (NEW) 75. Pensions The Conservative Party of Canada will include in its policy statement a commitment to bring public sector pensions in-line with Canadian norms by switching to a defined contribution pension model, which includes employer contributions comparable to the private sector.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-16-205 - EN EDA – Vegreville-Wainwright Section N – 98 - Canadian Broadcasting System (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party believes in a stable Canadian presence in a varied and vibrant broadcasting system. The Canadian broadcasting system should offer a wide range of Canadian and international programming, while being respectful of Canadian content. The system should provide audiences with maximum choice and have the ability to utilize new technologies to achieve its public and private objectives. ii) The CBC-SRC is an important part of the broadcasting system in Canada. It must be a true public service broadcaster, relevant to Canadians. We will focus the CBC-SRC services on its mandates as public broadcasting services. ii) The Conservative Party believes that the CBC should a) Move towards a user-supported model and b) Make adjustments in it’s broadcasting model to recognize the vast changes that have happened in Canada’s electronic media sector and the role that a public broadcaster needs to play in it iii) We recognize the vital role played by the private broadcasters of Canada through their local and regional programming that reflects the language and multicultural realities of our country. Private sector broadcasters and service-providers first and foremost are businesses and must be able to compete in an ever-increasing fragmented and global market. We recognize the need for both regulatory flexibility and predictability. iv) Broadcasting policy in Canada must be relevant in today’s communications environment and responsive to the demands of Canadians. We believe the government should review and update the Broadcasting Act to ensure its relevance in today’s technological environment. We believe the government should establish clear, national policy directions and a framework that will maximize the freedom of choice and ensure that freedom of speech is respected. The CRTC’s role in content regulation should be reduced to eliminate duplication where other legislation exists.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-17-256 - EN EDA – Marc-Aurèle-Fortin Section U – Rights of Women Abroad – (NEW) 125. Rights of Women Abroad The Conservative Party of Canada, in furtherance of the fundamental values of Canadian democracy and of Canada’s international commitments, shall lend effective support to the emergence of democratic states, guarantors of the rights of women, religious minorities and of the individual.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-18-170 - EN EDA – Calgary Centre-North Section L - 75 – Aboriginal Affairs Principles (MODIFICATION) Amended: A fundamental obligation of the federal government is to improve the living conditions of Aboriginal Canadians, including the Inuit, in terms of economic opportunity, health, education, and community safety. The Conservative Party believes the following principles should govern the administration of existing federal Aboriginal programs: a) the need for a legislated framework for federal aboriginal expenditures; b) self government – legal and democratic authority; c) transparency; d) respecting the Canadian constitutional framework; e) a framework for the settlement of comprehensive claims and self government agreements; f) the resolution of existing specific claims and lawsuits against the federal Crown; These principles should also govern future legislative reform to the Indian Act and related legislation. They should also form the basis for government decision making in the resolution of rights disputes – whether based upon existing treaties, court decisions or section 35 of the Constitution Act. i) That the Conservative Party encourages the government to eliminate the outdated and colonial aspects of the Indian Act, ensuring that Aboriginal Peoples can benefit equally with other citizens in the future growth of our country, in self sufficiency and prosperity.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-19-173 - EN EDA – North Vancouver Section L - 83 – First Nations Land Title (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports the development of a property regime that would encourage lending for private housing and businesses. This will promote economic opportunity and individual freedom. ii) We support the development, in conjunction with First Nations, of a First Nations Land Ownership Act, which would transfer Reserve land title from the Federal Crown to willing First Nations. The Conservative Party supports the passing of legislation within the term of this current Parliament of a First Nations Land Ownership Act, which would allow reserve Land Title to be transferred from the Federal Crown to individuals and corporate entities. Such title held by individuals and corporate entities would be freely transferable so as to encourage: i) lending and financing with respect to Reserve Lands; ii) private house and businesses for First Nations individuals; and iii) commercial development of Reserve Lands The aim of this legislation would be to promote economic opportunity and individual freedom with respect to Reserve lands and First Nations peoples. By virtue of this legislation individual First Nations people would enjoy property ownership and the accumulation of capital on Reserve land.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-20-169 - EN EDA – Perth-Wellington Section L - 75 – Aboriginal Affairs Principles (MODIFICATION) Amended: A fundamental obligation of the federal government is to improve the living conditions of Aboriginal Canadians, including the Inuit, in terms of economic opportunity, health, education, and community safety. The Conservative Party believes the following principles should govern the administration of existing federal Aboriginal programs: a) the need for a legislated framework for federal aboriginal expenditures; b) self government – legal and democratic authority; c) transparency; d) respecting the Canadian constitutional framework; e) a framework for the settlement of comprehensive claims and self government agreements; f) the resolution of existing specific claims and lawsuits against the federal Crown; g)Economic Sustainability The Conservative Party supports provisions for property ownership and women’s equality on reserves. These principles should also govern future legislative reform to the Indian Act and related legislation. They should also form the basis for government decision making in the resolution of rights disputes – whether based upon existing treaties, court decisions or section 35 of the Constitution Act.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-21-130 - EN EDA – Saskatoon Humboldt Section J - Euthanasia (NEW) 63. Euthanasia The Conservative Party will not support any legislation to legalize euthanasia or assisted suicide.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-22-142 - EN EDA – Edmonton Centre Section K - 64 – Post-Secondary Education (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party believes in greater accessibility to education by eliminating as many barriers to post-secondary education as possible. The transfer should be distributed to provinces and territories on the basis of the numbers of enrolled students. We believe strongly that provincial jurisdiction must be respected. However, the federal government must play a role in addressing tuition and standards. i) We support removing post-secondary education funding from the Canada Social Transfer and creating an independent Canada Education Transfer. The Transfer should be funded at a base level and increased annually according to inflation and demographic growth. It should be negotiated with the provinces and territories to ensure the funding is targeted to post-secondary education. ii) We believe the Canada Student Loan Program should be replaced with a transfer to the provinces in order to reduce confusion for students and inefficiencies for taxpayers. iii) We believe the government must ensure that scholarships and bursaries, which were made tax-free in the 2006 budget, are not taxed in the future. iv) The Conservative Party recognizes the investment of Canadian students and will make an additional eight months of interest relief available on Canada student loans to allow students to better adapt to evolving market conditions.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-23-146 - EN EDA – Cardigan/Malpeque/Charlottetown Section K - 66 – Employment Insurance (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party supports the establishment of an independent employment insurance system, with a self-accounting fund administered by employees and employers, the surplus of which being used to increase workers’ benefits or reduce contributions. The Conservative Party of Canada recognizes the benefit to employers and the economy, by permitting EI recipients to keep the first 200.00 earned per week, while on active EI claim without claw back.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-24-216 - EN EDA – Lac Saint-Louis Section O – 103 – Official Languages (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party believes that Canada’s official languages constitute a unique and significant social and economic advantage that benefit all Canadians. We recognize and support the important contributions of official language minority communities to Canada. i) We support the Official Languages Act ensuring that English and French have equality of status and equal rights and privileges as to their use in all institutions of the Parliament and Government of Canada. ii) We encourage the government to continue working with the provinces and territories to enhance opportunities for Canadians to learn and use both official languages. iii) We support the constitutional protections for English and French minority language rights included in the Constitution of Canada and particularly in section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We believe that the federal government must continue to uphold these protections and refuse to enter into negotiations with a view to limiting or weakening them or seeking to apply provincial language legislation to Federal government institutions and federally regulated industries.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-25-207 - EN EDA – Ottawa - Orleans Section N – 98 - Canadian Broadcasting System (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party believes in a stable Canadian presence in a varied and vibrant broadcasting system. The Canadian broadcasting system should offer a wide range of Canadian and international programming, while being respectful of Canadian content. The system should provide audiences with maximum choice and have the ability to utilize new technologies to achieve its public and private objectives. ii) The CBC-SRC is an important part of the broadcasting system in Canada. It must be a true public service broadcaster, relevant to Canadians. We will focus the CBC-SRC services on its mandates as public broadcasting services. iii) We recognize the vital role played by the private broadcasters of Canada through their local and regional programming that reflects the language and multicultural realities of our country. Private sector broadcasters and service-providers first and foremost are businesses and must be able to compete in an ever-increasing fragmented and global market. We recognize the need for both regulatory flexibility and predictability. iv) Broadcasting policy in Canada must be relevant in today’s communications environment and responsive to the demands of Canadians. We believe the government should review and update the Broadcasting Act to ensure its relevance in today’s technological environment. We believe the government should establish clear, national policy directions and a framework that will maximize the freedom of choice and ensure that freedom of speech is respected. The CRTC’s role in content regulation should be reduced to eliminate duplication where other legislation exists. v) The Conservative Party of Canada believes that control and operations of the CBC could be best accomplished through establishing distinct budgets for the operations of the TV and radio Broadcast function.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-26-157 - EN EDA – Langley Section K - 70 - Women (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party supports the full participation of women in the social, economic, and cultural life of Canada. i) The Canadian workforce has evolved to include more women than ever. The Conservative Party believes all Canadians have the right to freedom from discrimination in the workplace and equality of opportunity. ii) Individuals should be only judged on skills, qualifications and merits. Women must be entitled to equal pay for equal work. iii) The Conservative Party recognizes the value of the caregiver. We will examine measures within the tax system to help offset economic costs without discrimination. iv) The Conservative Party condemns discrimination against girls through gender selection

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-27-214 - EN EDA – Edmonton - Leduc Section O – 102 – Multiculturalism (MODIFICATION) Amended: 102. Multiculturalism 102. Diversity The Conservative Party recognizes the rich, diverse make-up of the Canadian population and the contribution of these communities to our history and the Canadian way of life. The government should ensure that each community is able to enhance and contribute to Canada without discrimination and barriers. Canadians embrace a diverse society which promotes core Canadian values such as: equality of gender; equality of all citizens; freedom of religion, speech and media; rule of law; strong personal work ethic and personal responsibility; centrality of family; tolerance; and individual liberty.

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Canada’s Social Fabric – 1-28-203 - EN EDA – Saint Boniface Section N – 98 - Canadian Broadcasting System (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party believes in a stable Canadian presence in a varied and vibrant broadcasting system. The Canadian broadcasting system should offer a wide range of Canadian and international programming, while being respectful of Canadian content. The system should provide audiences with maximum choice and have the ability to utilize new technologies to achieve its public and private objectives. ii) The CBC-SRC is an important part of the broadcasting system in Canada. It must be a true public service broadcaster, relevant to Canadians. We will focus the CBC-SRC services on its mandates as public broadcasting services. iii) We recognize the vital role played by the private broadcasters of Canada through their local and regional programming that reflects the language and multicultural realities of our country. Private sector broadcasters and service-providers first and foremost are businesses and must be able to compete in an ever-increasing fragmented and global market. We recognize the need for both regulatory flexibility and predictability. iv) Broadcasting policy in Canada must be relevant in today’s communications environment and responsive to the demands of Canadians. We believe the government should review and update the Broadcasting Act to ensure its relevance in today’s technological environment. We believe the government should establish clear, national policy directions and a framework that will maximize the freedom of choice and ensure that freedom of speech is respected. The CRTC’s role in content regulation should be reduced to eliminate duplication where other legislation exists. v) The federal Government undertake the preparation of an Action Plan for the reorganization and amalgamation of the numerous similar services of the CBC across Canada; the objective being the order by elimination of all public funding of the corporation which creates unfair competitive advantage with privately owned and operated networks and stations.

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POLICY FLOOR RESOLUTIONS :
ROLE OF GOVERNMENT, TAXATION, AND CRIME

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-01-258 - EN EDA – Etobicoke - Lakeshore Section V - 125 – Canada First Defence Strategy (MINOR MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party believes that the purpose of Canada’s defence policy is to better defend the national interest – the security of the Canadian nation and the economic prosperity of the Canadian people – in accord with the values of Canadians. In all that we do in the area of defence policy, we will apply this basic measure of the national interest, and advance the “Canada First Defence Strategy” (CFDS). i) We support the CFDS because: a) CFDS clearly lays out the priority tasks for the armed forces; surveillance and control of Canadian territory and the protection of Canada and Canadians, a strong and reliable partnership with the US in the defence of North America; a strong leadership role in international security and stability operations b) CFDS is a 20-year strategy supported by assured long term funding to strengthen the four pillars of defence; personnel; equipment; readiness and infrastructure. The Strategy provides for a balanced increase in across these 4 pillars, including increasing the personnel strength of the CF and the replacement of all the major equipment systems with new more capable platforms. c) CFDS not only raises the strength of our armed forces but provides our soldiers, sailors and airmen with the best and most modern equipment to carry out the tasks assigned to them. The increase in personnel will reduce stress on soldiers and their families; increased funding for readiness means better and more focused training and the improvement in infrastructure will contribute to bettering the lifestyle of the military community. d) CFDS gives Canadian industry a unique opportunity, through predictable funding and timelines, to plan and prepare in the longer term for the development of equipment and systems to support our Armed Forces. The Strategy will help the Canadian defence industry maintain and build their lead in many areas of advanced technology while providing quality jobs for thousands of Canadians across the country. ii) We fully support the government’s prompt actions to fill some of the most pressing defence priorities: strategic and tactical airlift capability for operational and humanitarian relief tasks; the strengthening of Canada’s presence in the Arctic; and giving our forces deployed in Afghanistan the tools ensuring our deployed troops have the resources they need to establish security and to maximise optimize their own protection. in support of NATO and the Government of Afghanistan. iii) We fully support the government’s renewal of a strong commitment to NORAD and the expanded cooperation with the US, through Canada Command, in the surveillance and control of our coasts and closer coordination of disaster response operations.
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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-02-190 - EN EDA – Portage Lisgar Section M - 91 - Firearms (MODIFICATION) Amended: A Conservative Government will repeal Canada’s costly long gun registry legislation and work with the provinces and territories on is committed to cost-effective gun control programs designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals while respecting the rights of law- abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly. Measures will include: mandatory minimum sentences for the criminal use of firearms; strict monitoring of high-risk individuals; increased enforcement and prosecution of smuggling; safe storage provisions; firearms safety training; a certification screening system for all those wishing to acquire firearms legally; and putting more law enforcement officers on our streets. A Conservative Government recognizes the legitimacy of private ownership of firearms and will resist any domestic or international pressure to the contrary.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-03-233 - EN EDA – Selkirk Interlake Section S – Freshwater Fish Marketing Act (NEW) 114. Freshwater Fish Marketing Act That the Freshwater Fish Marketing Act be repealed and a voluntary dual market be instituted. A Conservative Government will give fishermen currently under the monopoly of Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation the freedom to make their own individual marketing decisions and to direct, structure, and voluntarily participate in producer organizations.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-04-238 - EN EDA – Humber – St. Barbe – Baie Verte Section S - 112 – Oceans and Coastlines (NEW) Amended: 112. Oceans and Coastlines The Conservative Party believes that the oceans surrounding it on three sides are internationally recognized, Federal jurisdictions with rights and responsibilities in accordance with international treaties and laws. We support: i) the Canadian government claim to sovereign rights: in the Internal Waters , in the Territorial Sea, in the Contiguous Zone, in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and in, on, or above the Continental Shelf of Canada; ii) the sovereign right to: a) control the Northwest Passage and the Canadian Inside Passages off the BC coast as internal waters of Canada; b) explore, exploit, conserve, and manage living and nonliving resources of water column in the EEZ; c) explore, exploit, conserve, and manage non-living resources of the seabed and subsoil of the continental shelf, (E.g. minerals such as ferromanganese crusts, ferromanganese nodules, gas hydrate deposits, and petroleum); d) economic activities, such as the production of energy from the water, currents and winds; to construct and establish artificial islands and installations; iii) The rights and responsibility to: a) Conduct marine research as well as the right to suspend or cessation of marine scientific research activities within its jurisdiction; and b) Regulate marine traffic, enforce safety standards, minimize environmental impact and ensure that foreign vessel traffic is for legal and peaceful purposes only.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-05-263 - EN EDA – Ajax - Pickering Section V – War Veterans Allowance (NEW) 128. War Veterans Allowance That we extend War Veterans allowance to all veterans.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-06-259 - EN EDA – Toronto Centre Section V – Military Reservists (NEW) 128. Military Reservists The Conservative Party recognizes the important contribution that military reservists make to Canadian security, and believes the government should be committed to supporting reservists deployed on missions or occupational training. When reservists are called to leave their homes and families to serve Canada, the least we can do is ensure that their civilian job is waiting for them when they return. i) We support obliging all federal departments, agencies and federally regulated corporations to guarantee that any employee, who temporarily leaves his or her nonmilitary jobs to deploy on missions or on military training, will be guaranteed his or her non-military job upon returning from deployment or training. ii) A Conservative Government will work with provincial and private-sector partners to ensure that all reserve personnel who work for any provincial government, provincial agency, or private sector entity will be guaranteed their non-military job upon returning from military deployment or military training.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-07-268 - EN EDA – Ottawa South Section E – 20 - Income Splitting (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports both immediate and long-term broad-based tax relief. Reducing personal income taxes is a priority for the Conservative Party because it increases the take home pay and raises the living standard of all Canadians. ii) We encourage the government to continue the process of reducing business taxes. Reducing business taxes encourages both foreign and domestic businesses to invest in Canada, meaning more and better jobs for Canadian workers. Lower business taxes mean more jobs as well as greater returns for pension plan members and those who own RRSPs, mutual funds and common shares. iii) We believe that government should reduce capital gains tax and eliminate tax on capital gains that are reinvested. Lower capital gains taxes encourage saving and investment which means more capital for Canadian businesses, more jobs for Canadian workers and bigger returns for Canadian investors. Therefore, we support new measures in which the lifetime capital gains exemption for small business owners, farmers, wood-lot operators, and fishermen were increased. iv) We believe that payroll taxes should not exceed the amount necessary to properly fund Employment Insurance because unnecessarily high payroll taxes are a tax on job creation. Lower payroll taxes encourage hiring and business expansion. v) Canada’s tax system must be built on a foundation of fairness. In this regard, we encourage the government to continue to close loopholes such as the use of offshore tax havens which erode the Canadian tax base and allow companies to avoid paying Canadian taxes. The Conservative Party supports the concept that all taxation must be fair and be reasonable. The government should work to eliminate instances of taxation on taxation. vi) We believe in income splitting for legally married and common law couples

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-08-177 - EN EDA – Wetaskiwin Section M - 86 – Justice Principles (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party supports reorienting the approach to criminal justice and the policing system to give the highest priority to the protection of society through the prevention of crime. Additionally, we support emphasizing the needs and rights of victims. The Conservative Party supports our Canadian justice system as defined by our Charter and Constitution and does not support a parallel justice system which would contravene our existing rights and freedoms. The Conservative Party of Canada believes that those convicted of more than one serious crime serve their sentences consecutively rather than concurrently.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-09-264 - EN EDA – Peterborough Section V – Spousal/Survivor Benefits (NEW) 128. Spousal/Survivor Benefits That we extend the application deadline for spousal/survivor benefits from 2 to 5 years.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-10-029 - EN EDA – St. John’s South-Mount Pearl Section E - 20 – Tax Relief (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports both immediate and long-term broad-based tax relief. Reducing personal income taxes is a priority for the Conservative Party because it increases the take home pay and raises the living standard of all Canadians. ii) We encourage the government to continue the process of reducing business taxes. Reducing business taxes encourages both foreign and domestic businesses to invest in Canada, meaning more and better jobs for Canadian workers. Lower business taxes mean more jobs as well as greater returns for pension plan members and those who own RRSPs, mutual funds and common shares. iii) We believe that government should reduce capital gains tax and eliminate tax on capital gains that are reinvested in Canadian assets. Lower capital gains taxes encourage saving and investment which means more capital for Canadian businesses, more jobs for Canadian workers and bigger returns for Canadian investors. Therefore, we support new measures in which the lifetime capital gains exemption for small business owners, farmers, wood-lot operators, and fishermen were increased. iv) We believe that payroll taxes should not exceed the amount necessary to properly fund Employment Insurance because unnecessarily high payroll taxes are a tax on job creation. Lower payroll taxes encourage hiring and business expansion. v) Canada’s tax system must be built on a foundation of fairness. In this regard, we encourage the government to continue to close loopholes such as the use of offshore tax havens which erode the Canadian tax base and allow companies to avoid paying Canadian taxes. The Conservative Party supports the concept that all taxation must be fair and be reasonable. The government should work to eliminate instances of taxation on taxation.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-11-178 - EN EDA – Calgary Southeast Section M - 86 – Justice Principles (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party supports reorienting the approach to criminal justice and the policing system to give the highest priority to the protection of society through the prevention of crime. Additionally, we support emphasizing the needs and rights of victims. The Conservative Party supports our Canadian justice system as defined by our Charter and Constitution and does not support a parallel justice system which would contravene our existing rights and freedoms. A conservative party will support legislation aimed at protecting citizens who take action to protect their lives, their families or their property from criminals. Our party believes that the justice system should have greater recognition for the rights of law abiding citizens to use reasonable force and citizens arrest to prevent criminal actions aimed at them.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-12-260 - EN EDA – Etobicoke - Lakeshore Section V - 126 - Veterans (MINOR MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party believes the government should be committed to providing the best possible services and benefits for veterans and their families, in recognition of their service to Canada. We are also committed to keeping the memory of Canadian veterans’ achievements and sacrifices alive through the promotion of public awareness and memorials. i) We support the Veterans’ Bill of Rights to ensure that all disputes involving veterans are treated quickly, fairly and with the presumption in favour of the rights of the veteran. The Conservative Party regards this as an important component of the national commitment to treating our veterans with respect. ii) We are committed to ensuring the veterans of Canada’s wars and peacekeeping operations receive their veterans’ benefits and health care in a timely fashion. iii) We are committed to ensuring that Canada’s veterans’ hospital and various veterans’ wings in regular hospitals are in top working order. iv) We support the continuing reform of the Veterans Review and Appeals Board so that it can more effectively respond to the wishes of veterans. v) We would immediately extend Veterans Independence Program services to the widows surviving spouses of all Second World War and Korean War veterans of all conflicts regardless of when the Veteran died or how long they had been receiving the benefit before they passed away. vi) We would examine measures to ensure that National military treasures are retained in Canada as a part of our Canadian heritage. vii) We would immediately institute a complete overhaul of Veterans Affairs Canada bringing it online with the needs of today’s veterans of conflict and peacekeeping missions. This would include instituting a standard of delivery of services, i.e., reviews, payment of services and the like. viii) A Conservative Government will continue to ensure Veterans have the benefits and services they deserve after a life-time of dedication to their country.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-13-270 - EN EDA – Edmonton - Spruce Grove Section M - 91 - Firearms (MODIFICATION) Amended: A Conservative Government will repeal Canada’s costly long gun registry legislation and work with the provinces and territories on cost-effective gun control programs designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals while respecting the rights of law- abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly. Measures will include: mandatory minimum sentences for the criminal use of firearms; strict monitoring of high-risk individuals; increased enforcement and prosecution of smuggling; safe storage provisions; firearms safety training; a certification screening system for all those wishing to acquire firearms legally; and putting more law enforcement officers on our streets. The Conservative Party of Canada believes in a cautious approach to reclassifying firearms. The Conservative Party of Canada believes that consultation among the Government, the firearms industry, and gun owners must be a significant part of the reclassification process, and that the final decision on reclassification lies with Government.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-14-230 - EN EDA – St. John’s South - Mount Pearl Section S - 112 - Policy Name (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party encourages the government to work cooperatively with the provinces and territories in all regions of the country to put emphasis on protecting and enhancing all stocks. This must be done in order to meet the needs of Canadians rather than reducing the harvesting and processing efforts to fit declining and mismanaged fisheries. ii) We encourage the government to take a leadership role in international dealings with other fishing countries in order to assure cooperative management of common stocks and end fishing abuses, including foreign overfishing. We encourage the government to maintain its commitment to take custodial management of the stocks on the Nose and Tail of the Grand Banks and the Flemish Cap. We recognize that fish are renewable resources that can be rebuilt and sustained through a proper investment in science and management. iii) We believe in investing significantly in our scientific knowledge base and in making firm and fair decisions based on facts, with a regulatory and enforcement regime that has the ability to carry out the necessary function. Responsibility must come from participating regions where more decision making must be located so that wild stocks, as well as aquaculture, can be managed appropriately. iv) We encourage the government to work with any interested province or territory, to increase and streamline mechanisms for provincial management of fisheries. iv) We encourage the government to work with any interested province or territory to increase provincial and territorial management of fisheries. v) We believe the government must continue to support the Canadian sealing industry by working to eliminate unfair international trade bans on Canadian seal products.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-15-262 - EN EDA – Ajax - Pickering Section V – NATO and NORAD (NEW) 128. NATO and NORAD That we continue our commitment to NATO and NORAD but that we should develop our northern strategy to enforce our national sovereignty.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-16-051 - EN EDA – Edmonton Mill Woods - Beaumont Section E – Charity Law (NEW) 25. Charity Law The Conservative Party believes that the government must review the laws governing charities in Canada with a view to tightening the rules on acceptable activity, the use of a registered charity number, disclosure requirements, and it must also closely monitor charities and enforce existing regulations and laws.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-17-039 - EN EDA – Wetaskiwin Section E – 23 – Equalization Payments (MODIFICATION) Amended: Equalization is an essential component of Canada’s nation building efforts. The Conservative Party believes that provinces and territories should be able to provide comparable public services at comparable levels of taxation; therefore, we support an equalization formula and a territorial financing formula which are fair to every jurisdiction and which promote economic growth. The Conservative Party believes that Equalisation payments to a province shall be based on both revenue and expenses, and only be used to provide equal services, not greater services, than the provinces not receiving equalization payments

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-18-019 - EN EDA – Etobicoke - Lakeshore Section E - 18 – Debt Repayment (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party believes the government should continue to pay down the national debt, thus reducing the interest payment which is the single largest federal budgetary commitment. ii) We support the introduction of a debt repayment plan with the main part of budget surplus being allocated to debt repayment, in order to have a debt-to-GDP ratio well under 20% as soon as possible, thus having greater flexibility to deal with the fiscal pressure coming from the aging of the Canadian population. iii) We support the sale of public assets where feasible with the proceeds of the sales being used to pay down government debt.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-19-265 - EN EDA – Peterborough Section V - 126 – Veterans (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party believes the government should be committed to providing the best possible services and benefits for veterans and their families, in recognition of their service to Canada. We are also committed to keeping the memory of Canadian veterans’ achievements and sacrifices alive through the promotion of public awareness and memorials. i) We support the Veterans’ Bill of Rights to ensure that all disputes involving veterans are treated quickly, fairly and with the presumption in favour of the rights of the veteran. The Conservative Party regards this as an important component of the national commitment to treating our veterans with respect. ii) We are committed to ensuring the veterans of Canada’s wars and peacekeeping operations receive their veterans’ benefits and health care in a timely fashion. iii) We are committed to ensuring that Canada’s veterans’ hospital and various veterans’ wings in regular hospitals are in top working order. iv) We support the continuing reform of the Veterans Review and Appeals Board so that it can more effectively respond to the wishes of veterans. v) We would immediately extend Veterans Independence Program services to the widows of all Second World War and Korean War veterans regardless of when the Veteran died or how long they had been receiving the benefit before they passed away. vi) We would examine measures to ensure that National military treasures are retained in Canada as a part of our Canadian heritage. vii) We would immediately institute a complete overhaul of Veterans Affairs Canada bringing it online with the needs of today’s veterans of conflict and peacekeeping missions. This would include instituting a standard of delivery of services, i.e., reviews, payment of services and the like. viii) A Conservative Government will continue to ensure Veterans have the benefits and services they deserve after a life-time of dedication to their country. ix) That the veterans review and appeal process increase the number of military peers on panels.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-20-181 - EN EDA – Vaudreuil-Soulanges/Mont-Royal Section M – Charter of Victim’s Rights (NEW) 98. Charter of Victim’s Rights The Conservative Party of Canada shall undertake to promote the adoption of a Charter of rights for victims of criminals acts, reuniting the whole of the current rights of victims contained within the federal legislative corpus, that it undertake to add new rights to such a Charter and that it make this Charter a legislation based, notably, on the rights of victims to restitution, access to information, representation and safety.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-21-034 - EN EDA – Prince Edward Hastings Section E - 22 – Spending Controls (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party believes the government should strengthen enforcement and criminal code penalties for fraud involving the misuse of tax dollars. ii) The Conservative Party believes the government should introduce a system of program evaluation to ensure that all major government spending programs are independently evaluated on a regular basis. This will ensure that programs are meeting government priorities and delivering value for money. iii) The Conservative Party believes in an effective and efficient penal system. We need to implement cost controls and income earning opportunities for individual inmates and for prison institutions to reduce the burden on the taxpayer. This will also provide job-ready skills, training and work experience for the inmates upon release.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-22-004 - EN EDA – Abbotsford Section B - 3 – Public Service Excellence (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party believes that all Canadians deserve an efficient, effective, and independent professional public service. We believe the government should build upon the whistle-blowing protection legislation to ensure that those who expose corruption and wrongdoing are protected from reprisal. We continue to support any measures which enhance public service effectiveness and accountability. The Conservative Party believes that Public Service benefits and pensions should be comparable to those available to similar employees in the private sector, and to the extent that they are not, they should be made comparable to such private sector benefits and pensions in future contract negotiations.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-23-027 - EN EDA – Calgary - Nose Hill Section E - 20 – Tax Relief (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports both immediate and long-term broad-based tax relief. Reducing personal income taxes is a priority for the Conservative Party because it increases the take home pay and raises the living standard of all Canadians. ii) We encourage the government to continue the process of reducing business taxes. Reducing business taxes encourages both foreign and domestic businesses to invest in Canada, meaning more and better jobs for Canadian workers. Lower business taxes mean more jobs as well as greater returns for pension plan members and those who own RRSPs, mutual funds and common shares. iii) We believe that government should reduce capital gains tax and eliminate tax on capital gains that are reinvested. Lower capital gains taxes encourage saving and investment which means more capital for Canadian businesses, more jobs for Canadian workers and bigger returns for Canadian investors. Therefore, we support new measures in which the lifetime capital gains exemption for small business owners, farmers, wood-lot operators, and fishermen were increased. iv) We believe that payroll taxes should not exceed the amount necessary to properly fund Employment Insurance because unnecessarily high payroll taxes are a tax on job creation. Lower payroll taxes encourage hiring and business expansion. v) Canada’s tax system must be built on a foundation of fairness. In this regard, we encourage the government to continue to close loopholes such as the use of offshore tax havens which erode the Canadian tax base and allow companies to avoid paying Canadian taxes. The Conservative Party supports the concept that all taxation must be fair and be reasonable. The government should work to eliminate instances of taxation on taxation. vi) We encourage the Conservative Party to move to a less progressive tax system by reducing the number of personal income tax brackets.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-24-044 - EN EDA – Beauce Section E - 17 – Balanced Budget Legislation (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party believes the government should enact balanced budget legislation, which includes overrides for declared national emergencies or other defined, and presumably rare, circumstances. i) Until a balanced budget (predicted for 2015-2016) is achieved, the government respect the objectives for spending cuts set out in the March 2013 budget; ii) The government freeze budget spending at 300 billion dollars in the year following the achievement of a balanced budget in the 2016-2017 financial exercise (the 300 billion dollar amount will correspond to the approximate level that spending will have reached if the projections of the May budget are realized, in comparison with the 276 billion dollars for the current financial exercise); iii) That after the 2016-2017 budget, and for the four subsequent years (thus until 2020-21) the federal government freeze spending at 300 billion dollars per year in current dollars.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-25-001 - EN EDA – Mont-Royal Section B – Sunshine List (NEW) 6. Sunshine List Whereas many institutions, that directly or indirectly benefit from the Canadian Government and Canadian taxpayers, do not operate in a perfectly transparent fashion. Such entities may include Crown corporations, Federal agencies, semi-public organizations or organizations registered as having charitable status. Therefore be it resolved that such aforementioned entities must produce a sunshine list annually reporting its twenty best paid employees or all employees earning above 120,000 dollars annually whichever is greater.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-26-199 - EN EDA – Northumberland Quinte West Section M - 91 - Firearms (MODIFICATION) Amended: A Conservative Government will repeal Canada’s costly long gun registry legislation and work with the provinces and territories on cost-effective gun control programs designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals while respecting the rights of law- abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly. Measures will include: mandatory minimum sentences for the criminal use of firearms; strict monitoring of high-risk individuals; increased enforcement and prosecution of smuggling; safe storage provisions; firearms safety training; a certification screening system for all those wishing to acquire firearms legally; and putting more law enforcement officers on our streets. The Conservative Party recognizes that the Firearms Act and Regulation have been amended frequently and the intent of the Act is now often obscure, making it difficult for Canadians to understand the Act and comply with its requirements. The Conservative Party supports a comprehensive review of the Firearms Act and Regulations to ensure that it meets the needs of Canadians, and respects the rights of law-abiding Canadians to own and use firearms. The Act and Regulations will then by rewritten in plain language to minimize misunderstandings by Canadians, police forces and the judiciary.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-27-028 - EN EDA – Cambridge Section E - 20 – Tax Relief (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports both immediate and long-term broad-based tax relief. Reducing personal income taxes is a priority for the Conservative Party because it increases the take home pay and raises the living standard of all Canadians. ii) We encourage the government to continue the process of reducing business taxes. Reducing business taxes encourages both foreign and domestic businesses to invest in Canada, meaning more and better jobs for Canadian workers. Lower business taxes mean more jobs as well as greater returns for pension plan members and those who own RRSPs, mutual funds and common shares. iii) We believe that government should reduce capital gains tax and eliminate tax on capital gains that are reinvested. Lower capital gains taxes encourage saving and investment which means more capital for Canadian businesses, more jobs for Canadian workers and bigger returns for Canadian investors. Therefore, we support new measures in which the lifetime capital gains exemption for small business owners, farmers, wood-lot operators, and fishermen were increased. iv) We believe that payroll taxes should not exceed the amount necessary to properly fund Employment Insurance because unnecessarily high payroll taxes are a tax on job creation. Lower payroll taxes encourage hiring and business expansion. v) Canada’s tax system must be built on a foundation of fairness. In this regard, we encourage the government to continue to close loopholes such as the use of offshore tax havens which erode the Canadian tax base and allow companies to avoid paying Canadian taxes. The Conservative Party supports the concept that all taxation must be fair and be reasonable. The government should work to eliminate instances of taxation on taxation. vi) A Conservative Government will amend the Tax Act and any associated legislation to remove double taxation on Corporate Dividends that are paid out of after tax funds received from Canadian Corporations.

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Role of Government, Taxation and Crime – 2-28-191 - EN EDA – Cambridge Section M - 91 - Firearms (MODIFICATION) Amended: A Conservative Government will repeal Canada’s costly long gun registry legislation and work with the provinces and territories on cost-effective gun control programs designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals while respecting the rights of law- abiding Canadians to own and use firearms responsibly. Measures will include: mandatory minimum sentences for the criminal use of firearms; strict monitoring of high-risk individuals; increased enforcement and prosecution of smuggling; safe storage provisions; firearms safety training; a certification screening system for all those wishing to acquire firearms legally; and putting more law enforcement officers on our streets. The current Firearms Act which makes ownership illegal except under specific conditions of permission shall be rescinded and replaced with an Act that; Recognizes the right to own firearms unless that right is removed through due process of law on an individual basis, and; Returns the “prohibited classed firearms” to restricted or non-restricted classes, and; Recognizes the license and/or certificate of acquisition as the authorization to transport for each class named on it, and ; That licensing and/or certification shall be valid for lifetime unless removed through due process, and; A Conservative Government will initiate a review of the various mental health acts and privacy laws and change them to to ensure that applicable health care practitioners are given the means to advise mental health concerns (such as, but not limited to, suicidal or homicidal behavior or such indicated behavior) to the appropriate Police for use in investigating or reviewing an individual currently holding or wishing to acquire firearms, provided in the event this information is used to deny or revoke an individual, they can appeal any adverse decision to a Court for adjudication.

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POLICY FLOOR RESOLUTIONS :
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Conservative Party of Canada 2013 Convention

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Economic Development – 3-01-066 - EN EDA – Edmonton-Sherwood Park Section F - 32 - Labour (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports the right of workers to organize democratically, to bargain collectively and to strike peacefully while respecting private property and the decision of fellow workers not to participate. Fellow workers should not be penalized for not participating. ii) We believe that government should work with unions and employers in areas of federal jurisdiction to develop a dispute settlement mechanism to minimize or avoid work disruption. iii) The Conservative Party supports the right of union workers to a secret ballot in a strike vote. iv) The Conservative Party believe that the government should prevent mandatory dues collected by unions from being diverted to fund political causes unrelated to workplace needs.

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Economic Development – 3-02-069 - EN EDA – Calgary - Nose Hill Section F - 32 - Labour (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports the right of workers to organize democratically, to bargain collectively and to strike peacefully while respecting private property and the decision of fellow workers not to participate. Fellow workers should not be penalized for not participating. ii) We believe that government should work with unions and employers in areas of federal jurisdiction to develop a dispute settlement mechanism to minimize or avoid work disruption. iii) The Conservative Party supports the right of union workers to a secret ballot in a strike vote. iv) The Conservative Party believes that mandatory union membership and forced financial contributions as a condition of employment limit the economic freedom of Canadians and stifle economic growth.

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Economic Development – 3-03-087 - EN EDA – Essex Section F - 37 – Arctic Sovereignty (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party believes that demonstrating Canada's presence in the Arctic requires both political and economic development in northern Canada. We believe the government should: i) work with the territories to streamline regulatory processes; ii) make substantial strategic investments in the territories, particularly in transportation infrastructure; and iii) fast-track the devolution of "provincial type" responsibilities to the territories from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and other federal departments. iv) work in partnership with the governments of Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut to assert and maintain sovereignty in the Canadian Arctic with clear, effective and consistent rules and with an integrated, coordinated resource management approach to meet the challenges associated with increased exploration, development and marine traffic in the Arctic. iv) increase Canada’s military capabilities and presence in the north that will allow an assertion of sovereignty with respect to Canadian land and waters. This is particularly important with regards to the Northwest Passage. We also believe the government should develop a comprehensive plan for an efficient and environmentally sensitive development of northern resources in conjunction with the territorial governments.

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Economic Development – 3-04-049 - EN EDA – Nepean Carleton Section E - Pensions (NEW) 25. Pensions The Conservative Party believes that company pension funds should be invested by independent trustees for the benefit of employees and should be held at arm’s length, not accessible by the company or its creditors.

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Economic Development – 3-05-074 - EN EDA – Nepean - Carleton Section F - 32 - Labour (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports the right of workers to organize democratically, to bargain collectively and to strike peacefully while respecting private property and the decision of fellow workers not to participate. Fellow workers should not be penalized for not participating. ii) We believe that government should work with unions and employers in areas of federal jurisdiction to develop a dispute settlement mechanism to minimize or avoid work disruption. iii) The Conservative Party supports the right of union workers to a secret ballot in a strike vote. iv) Be it resolved that the Conservative Party believes unions should be democratic and voluntary, and labour laws should empower workers with: a) Secret ballot votes on certification, strikes and ratifications; b) Protections against forced union dues for political and social causes that are unrelated to the workplace; c) Respect for Article 20.2 of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights: “No one may be compelled to belong to an association”.

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Economic Development – 3-06-235 - EN EDA – Humber – St. Barbe – Baie Verte Section S - 113 – Fisheries (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party encourages the government to work cooperatively with the provinces and territories in all regions of the country to put emphasis on protecting and enhancing all stocks. This must be done in order to meet the needs of Canadians rather than reducing the harvesting and processing efforts to fit declining and mismanaged fisheries. ii) We encourage the government to take a leadership role in international dealings with other fishing countries in order to assure cooperative management of common stocks and end fishing abuses, including foreign overfishing. We encourage the government to maintain its commitment to take custodial management of the stocks on the Nose and Tail of the Grand Banks and the Flemish Cap. We recognize that fish are renewable resources that can be rebuilt and sustained through a proper investment in science and management. iii) We believe in investing significantly in our scientific knowledge base and in making firm and fair decisions based on facts, with a regulatory and enforcement regime that has the ability to carry out the necessary function. Responsibility must come from participating regions where more decision making must be located so that wild stocks, as well as aquaculture, can be managed appropriately. iv) We encourage the government to work with any interested province or territory, to increase and streamline mechanisms for provincial management of fisheries. v) We believe the government must continue to support the Canadian sealing industry by working to eliminate unfair international trade bans on Canadian seal products. vi) We encourage the government to: a) work cooperatively with provinces and territories in all regions of the country to develop an Aquaculture Development Framework for sustainable management which provides an alternative to reliance on fishing wild Stocks and promotes growing species which can be processed locally into value added products. b) Support the aquaculture industry in areas such as international marketing and monitoring markets so as to make informed decisions.

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Economic Development – 3-07-070 - EN EDA – Ahuntsic Section F - 32 - Labour (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports the right of workers to organize democratically, to bargain collectively and to strike peacefully while respecting private property and the decision of fellow workers not to participate. Fellow workers should not be penalized for not participating. ii) We believe that government should work with unions and employers in areas of federal jurisdiction to develop a dispute settlement mechanism to minimize or avoid work disruption. iii) The Conservative Party supports the right of union workers to a secret ballot in a strike vote. iv) We believe that mandatory federal jurisdiction worker contributions to unions should be limited to the costs of collective bargaining and union administered benefits to workers. Contributions to causes or initiatives unrelated to those objectives should be collected on an individual, voluntary basis.

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Economic Development – 3-08-061 - EN EDA – Brandon-Souris Section F - 27 – Single Window System (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports the establishment a single authority or single window to review big science projects according to published guidelines. These types of projects are often tied up in the bureaucracy because, under the current system, they are forced to seek funding from a myriad of departments and agencies. A single-window approach would be more transparent for the research community and more accountable to Canadian taxpayers. ii) We support the creation of an independent Chief Scientist who would advise and report to Parliament on scientific matters, and help coordinate science policy issues within government, and internationally. This office would be modeled on the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom. The Chief Scientist should be mandated by Parliament to provide independent and balanced analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. This information should be provided openly to Parliamentarians and Canadians to enable informed decisions. iii) We support the funding of innovation, technology and research through the granting councils. We support a competitive peer review process and enhanced transparency and accountability to determine who shall receive grants through these councils. iv) We recognize the importance of private sector investment in research and development of commercial applications. We recognize that the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit has been successful in spurring private investment in research and development. The government should work with stakeholders in all fields of research and various industry sectors to expand this tax credit. We support the elimination of the capital tax and the reduction of the capital gains tax because the effectiveness of the SR&ED tax credit relies upon the general level of tax on capital and investment. In principle, we believe the government should provide more scientific research and experimental development tax incentives. i) The Conservative Party supports the establishment of a single window system to review large science project applications according to published guidelines. a) We support the funding of innovation technology, and research through the granting councils. We support a competitive peer review process and enhanced transparency and accountability to determine who shall receive grants through these councils. b) We recognize the importance of private sector investment in research and development of commercial applications

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Economic Development – 3-09-088 - EN EDA – Vegreville-Wainwright Section F - 38 – Long Term Energy Framework (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party believes that Canada has a natural economic advantage due to an abundance of fossil fuels, uranium, renewable sources of biomass fuel, hydro power generation, and some of the world’s best wind regimes. We believe that government should develop a renewable and non-renewable energy framework which takes into account outstanding obligations and which will meet our long-term requirements for domestic consumption and export. We believe that strengthening energy market integration will ensure greater reliability of energy supplies across Canada. We encourage the government to explore ways to reduce barriers to the movement of energy products across provincial and other borders. The government of Canada should provide leadership and work closely with provincial and territorial governments to align energy goals in the best interests of all Canadians and seek to achieve a positive impact on energy infrastructure development, energy supply and energy demand in Canada by removing artificial barriers to interprovincial and international energy trade. ii) We continue to support exploration for fossil fuels, pipeline construction, transportation efficiencies and plant improvements to increase energy conversion efficiencies and reduce pollutant and greenhouse gas discharges. iii) We support the application of nuclear energy and its associated industries to provide energy to Canadians while reducing negative impacts on the environment. iv) We believe the government should support and encourage the private development of alternative sources of energy and fuels, including: wind, solar, and geothermal sources of energy; alternative transportation fuels including bio-diesel from oil seed crops and methanol, ethanol or methane from biomass and organic waste; fuel cell technology and the use of hydrogen as transportation fuel. v) We believe that pipelines provide effective and efficient transportation of fossil fuels and will work to insure that Canada has an efficient pipeline network, and will also work to insure that legislation implemented through the National Energy Board insures any liability from pipeline operation and abandonment is assumed by the operator of the pipeline and not the public, or the property owner through which the pipeline passes.

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Economic Development – 3-10-094 - EN EDA – Ottawa Centre Section G – 40/41 – International Trade/Inter-Provincial Trade (MODIFICATION) Amended: 40. International Trade The Conservative Party believes that the federal government is responsible for taking the lead in working collaboration with its provincial partners, in encouraging more open and rules-based international trade as it relates to persons, goods, services and investment. to eliminate inter-provincial trade barriers in transportation, commerce, labour, and capital mobility. i) We support bringing more security to existing trade related jobs. To create new employment opportunities, our trade agenda will focus on diversifying both the products we sell abroad and the markets into which we sell those products. We emphasize the importance of secure access to international markets through a rules-based trading system. We believe that Canada should strive to maximize the benefits we have as a free trading nation, and emphasizes the need to establish trading relationships beyond North America. ii) In future rounds of trade negotiations, we believe the government should: a) vigorously pursue the reduction of international trade barriers and tariffs; b) pursue the elimination of trade-distorting government export subsidies within clearly established time limits; and c) should seek a clear definition of what constitutes an export subsidy. iii) We support efforts by the government to develop new markets for Canadian goods and services by emphasizing the development of trade ties with emerging markets. iv) In recognition of freshwater as a critical resource to the future of Canadians, we believe that there should be an investigation into the protection and security of our long term freshwater resources as they pertain to exportation as a commodity v) We believe the government should strive to maximize the benefits of our cross border trade by reducing or removing impediments to the efficient flow of goods, services and people at border crossing points. The government should also pursue agreement on standards for secure identification of cross-border travellers that is both affordable and convenient. 41. Inter-provincial Trade i) The Conservative Party believes that the government must take the lead with its provincial partners to eliminate inter-provincial trade barriers in transportation, commerce, labour, and capital mobility.

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i) The Conservative Party of Canada supports the removal of substantially all federal and provincial barriers to the movement of goods, services, persons, and investment across provincial boundaries. To this end, we believe the government should conduct a comprehensive review of relevant regulations and administrative practices to identify and eliminate these barriers in the federal domain. ii) The Conservative Party of Canada We recognizes and supports that professional certification obtained through a recognized certification process in one province or territory shall entitle that person to work in their profession in any other province or territory. Further the Conservative Party of Canada supports and encourages cooperation between provinces toward the standardization of certification processes.

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Economic Development – 3-11-225 - EN EDA – Medicine Hat/Edmonton Mill Woods – Beaumont/Calgary Southeast/Calgary– Nose Hill Section R - 111 – Supply Management (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party believes it is in the best interest of Canada and Canadian agriculture that the industries under the protection of supply management remain viable. A Conservative Government will support supply management and its goal to deliver a high quality product to consumers for a fair price with a reasonable return to the producer. The Conservative Party believes in an orderly transition away from supply management.

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Economic Development – 3-12-096 - EN EDA – West Nova Section G - 40 – International Trade (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party believes that the government is responsible for taking the lead in working with its provincial partners to eliminate inter-provincial trade barriers in transportation, commerce, labour, and capital mobility. i) We support bringing more security to existing trade related jobs. To create new employment opportunities, our trade agenda will focus on diversifying both the products we sell abroad and the markets into which we sell those products. We emphasize the importance of secure access to international markets through a rules-based trading system. We believe that Canada should strive to maximize the benefits we have as a free trading nation, and emphasizes the need to establish trading relationships beyond North America. ii) In future rounds of trade negotiations, we believe the government should: a) vigorously pursue the reduction of international trade barriers and tariffs; b) pursue the elimination of trade-distorting government export subsidies within clearly established time limits; and c) should seek a clear definition of what constitutes an export subsidy. iii) We support efforts by the government to develop new markets for Canadian goods and services by emphasizing the development of trade ties with emerging markets. iv) In recognition of freshwater as a critical resource to the future of Canadians, we believe that there should be an investigation into the protection and security of our long term freshwater resources as they pertain to exportation as a commodity v) We believe the government should strive to maximize the benefits of our cross border trade by reducing or removing impediments to the efficient flow of goods, services and people at border crossing points. The government should also pursue agreement on standards for secure identification of cross-border travellers that is both affordable and convenient.

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Economic Development – 3-13-071 - EN EDA – Ahuntsic Section F - 32 - Labour (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports the right of workers to organize democratically, to bargain collectively and to strike peacefully while respecting private property and the decision of fellow workers not to participate. Fellow workers should not be penalized for not participating. ii) We believe that government should work with unions and employers in areas of federal jurisdiction to develop a dispute settlement mechanism to minimize or avoid work disruption. iii) The Conservative Party supports the right of union workers to a secret ballot in a strike vote. iv) Whereas unions meddle in political affairs, their finances are not transparent, that the Conservative Party is addressing the opacity of the financing of trade unions and compulsory membership of these unions for their members within the limits of federal jurisdiction.

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Economic Development – 3-14-068 - EN EDA – Mississauga East-Cooksville/Sudbury Section F - 32 - Labour (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports the right of workers to organize democratically, to bargain collectively and to strike peacefully while respecting private property and the decision of fellow workers not to participate. Fellow workers should not be penalized for not participating. ii) We believe that government should work with unions and employers in areas of federal jurisdiction to develop a dispute settlement mechanism to minimize or avoid work disruption. iii) The Conservative Party supports the right of union workers to a secret ballot in a strike vote. iv) The Conservative Party believes that union dues paid by members should not be donated by the union to third-party organizations without the consent of the members.

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Economic Development – 3-15-058 - EN EDA – Lambton Kent Middlesex Section E – International Trade (NEW) 40. International Trade The Conservative Party of Canada strongly supports international trade initiatives that will generate increased economic activity, jobs, and a greater understanding and collaborative relationship between emerging economies and our democratic, streamlined regulatory, free enterprise approach to governance.

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Economic Development – 3-16-059 - EN EDA – Parkdale-High Park Section E - 20 – Capital Gains (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports both immediate and long-term broad-based tax relief. Reducing personal income taxes is a priority for the Conservative Party because it increases the take home pay and raises the living standard of all Canadians. ii) We encourage the government to continue the process of reducing business taxes. Reducing business taxes encourages both foreign and domestic businesses to invest in Canada, meaning more and better jobs for Canadian workers. Lower business taxes mean more jobs as well as greater returns for pension plan members and those who own RRSPs, mutual funds and common shares. iii) We believe that government should reduce capital gains tax and eliminate tax on capital gains that are reinvested. Lower capital gains taxes encourage saving and investment which means more capital for Canadian businesses, more jobs for Canadian workers and bigger returns for Canadian investors. Therefore, we support new measures in which the lifetime capital gains exemption for small business owners, farmers, wood-lot operators, and fishermen were increased. The Conservative Party believes that capital gains should be indexed to inflation prior to assessing income tax. iv) We believe that payroll taxes should not exceed the amount necessary to properly fund Employment Insurance because unnecessarily high payroll taxes are a tax on job creation. Lower payroll taxes encourage hiring and business expansion. v) Canada’s tax system must be built on a foundation of fa irness. In this regard, we encourage the government to continue to close loopholes such as the use of offshore tax havens which erode the Canadian tax base and allow companies to avoid paying Canadian taxes. The Conservative Party supports the concept that all taxation must be fair and be reasonable. The government should work to eliminate instances of taxation on taxation.

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Economic Development – 3-17-240 - EN EDA – Avalon Section S – Oceans and Coastlines (NEW) S) Oceans and Coastlines 116. Marine Scientific Research i) We believe the government has an obligation to: a) promote international cooperation in marine scientific research for peaceful purposes; b) Create favourable conditions to study the processes occurring in the marine environment through bilateral and multilateral agreements. ii) We believe that government should promote opportunities in Ocean Technologies (or Blue Technologies) by identifying and reducing barriers to ocean technologies development, and encouraging collaboration between industry and educational institutions for innovation iii) We believe the government is responsible to regulate activities on the Ocean to minimize environmental impact on the marine environment.

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Economic Development – 3-18-084 - EN EDA – Nunavut Section F - 36 – Northern Development (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party believes it is essential to the economic development of the three northern territories to ensure they have a resource revenue sharing agreement with the federal government immediately. ii) We are committed to the devolution of responsibilities for northern development from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to the three territorial governments, Aboriginal governments, and where necessary to the appropriate federal departments. Northerners shall control their own future and we are committed to the orderly devolution of decisionmaking away from Ottawa to the territories. iii) We support investing in scientific infrastructures specializing in polar scientific research in order to increase the body of scientific knowledge on the Arctic region. iv) The Conservative Party of Canada supports strategic investments in the Far North and the Territories, especially in communications and defence infrastructure and transportation, including new highways.

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Economic Development – 3-19-077 - EN EDA – Perth Wellington Section F - 32 - Labour (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports the right of workers to organize democratically, to bargain collectively and to strike peacefully while respecting private property and the decision of fellow workers not to participate. Fellow workers should not be penalized for not participating. ii) We believe that government should work with unions and employers in areas of federal jurisdiction to develop a dispute settlement mechanism to minimize or avoid work disruption. iii) The Conservative Party supports the right of union workers to a secret ballot in a strike vote. iv) That the Conservative Party of Canada supports; a) right to work legislation to allow optional union membership including student unions. b) requirements for clarity and public transparency in financial returns from labour unions.

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Economic Development – 3-20-063 - EN EDA – Calgary West Section F - 28 – Foreign Ownership Restrictions (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party supports relaxing foreign ownership rules on Canadian industry in concert with our major trading partners in the telecommunications, broadcast distribution, and airline industry. We believe the government should conduct an immediate review to determine whether to reduce or completely remove these rules. We support openness and transparency in government decision-making regarding foreign acquisitions in order to bolster and uphold Canada’s fine reputation as a predictable place to invest.

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Economic Development – 3-21-244 - EN EDA – Yorkton—Melville Section T – 114 – Immigration Principles (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party supports a non- partisan, welcoming and well-managed immigration system for Canada based on: i) a fair, transparent and efficient process that earns the respect and confidence of Canadians as well as of the international community; ii) compassionate measures to assist in family reunification; iii) ensuring that Canada is successful in encouraging skilled immigrants and their spouses and children to make Canada their destination of choice; iv) a clear, workable and efficient process for immigrants to obtain equivalency for their international skills, training and experience; v) addressing the need for adequate long-term funding for settlement services providers; and vi) upholding Canada’s humanitarian tradition of providing safe haven for refugees. vii) Increasing the level of foreign direct investment (FDI) through better communication and cooperation between the Department of Citizenship and Immigration and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade with the realization that FDI often comes hand in hand with accelerated immigration.

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Economic Development – 3-22-242 - EN EDA – Carleton Mississippi Mills Section T - 114 – Immigration Principles (MODIFICATION) Amended: The Conservative Party supports a non- partisan, welcoming and well-managed immigration system for Canada based on: i) a fair, transparent and efficient process that earns the respect and confidence of Canadians as well as of the international community; ii) compassionate measures to assist in family reunification; iii) ensuring that Canada is successful in encouraging skilled immigrants and their spouses and children to make Canada their destination of choice; iv) a clear, workable and efficient process for immigrants to obtain equivalency for their international skills, training and experience; v) addressing the need for adequate long-term funding for settlement services providers; and vi) upholding Canada’s humanitarian tradition of providing safe haven for refugees. vii) protecting Canada’s democratic values, founding cultures and economy and ensuring that immigrant selection is closely correlated with national employment and development goals.

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Economic Development – 3-23-236 - EN EDA – Nunavut Section S – 113 – Marine Transportation (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports the retention of lightstations, their personnel, and their aids to navigation. Lightstations are an important contribution to Canadian sovereignty, provide for public safety especially for recreational boaters and kayakers, are an essential presence to monitoring sea-planes and marine traffic, and assist in the interdiction of smuggling. ii) We also recognize the historical value of the lightstations and promote the concept that they are well situated infrastructure and personnel which can be utilized for scientific data collection and for other uses. iii) The Conservative Party of Canada supports a strategic plan to address proper docking facilities for all coastal communities across the Far North.

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Economic Development – 3-24-079 - EN EDA – Alfred-Pellan Section F - 32 - Labour (MODIFICATION) Amended: i) The Conservative Party supports the right of workers to organize democratically, to bargain collectively and to strike peacefully while respecting private property and the decision of fellow workers not to participate. Fellow workers should not be penalized for not participating. ii) We believe that government should work with unions and employers in areas of federal jurisdiction to develop a dispute settlement mechanism to minimize or avoid work disruption. iii) The Conservative Party supports the right of union workers to a secret ballot in a strike vote. iv) The Conservative Party of Canada shall strive to properly restructure legislative protection of the Rand formula so as to provide full and effective protection to the right of all workers not to associate with broad political positions that they deem oppressive of their respective personal identities. Contributions for initiatives not immediately relating to workplace conditions or union administration matters must be collected on a voluntary basis.

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Economic Development – 3-25-239 - EN EDA – St. John’s East Section S – 113 – Marine Transportation (MODIFICATION) Amended: S) FISHERIES T) OCEANS AND COASTLINES 113. Marine Transportation i) The Conservative Party supports the retention of lightstations, their personnel, and their aids to navigation. Lightstations are an important contribution to Canadian sovereignty, provide for public safety especially for recreational boaters and kayakers, are an essential presence to monitoring sea-planes and marine traffic, and assist in the interdiction of smuggling. ii) We also recognize the historical value of the lightstations and promote the concept that they are well situated infrastructure and personnel which can be utilized for scientific data collection and for other uses. iii) We believe the government has an obligation to: a) enforce the relevant laws and regulations with respect to pollution by dumping; b) adopt special discharge and navigational requirements for designated areas and to prosecute foreign vessels where an actual pollution discharge has occurred. c) provide vessels passing through its EEZ with adequate charting and maritime safety information. d) provide Search and Rescue capabilities which are comparable to international standards of other developed countries. e) establish and enforce safety standards for local and foreign vessels which operate in Canadian Waters for the well being of the workers as well as the environment. iv) We believe the government has a sovereign right to board and inspect any ship in EEZ if there is reasonable ground for suspecting that: a) It is engaged in piracy b) It is engaged in slave trade c) It is engaged in unauthorized broadcasting d) It is without nationality e) It is interfering with lawful economic activity f) It is engaged in illegal economic activity such as human trafficking;

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v) The Conservative Party believes that inter-provincial ferry systems are a natural extension of the Trans Canada Highway and therefore an integral part of Canada’s national transportation system. a) We support the reduction or elimination of federal government fees, levies, taxes and rents, hidden or otherwise, associated with the TCH and inter-provincial ferry systems. b) We support ensuring arms-length representation from industry and the public on the board of Directors of Crown corporations in administering inter-provincial ferry services.

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Economic Development – 3-26-224 - EN EDA – Saint-Hyacinthe - Bagot Section R – 108 – Supply Management (MODIFICATION) Amended:
The Conservative Party views the agriculture industry to be a key strategic economic sector of Canada. We recognize that various regions of Canada and sectors of the industry hold competitive advantages in agricultural production. National agriculture policy development and ongoing support will continue to reflect our belief that one size does not fit all. Agriculture policy must be developed only in consultation with the agricultural producers. Our farmers today are business operators, and to dictate policy which might have an adverse effect on this business community would have negative consequences and go against Conservative Party principles. Balancing financial responsibility with support programs that actually work is a major priority of this party. i) Food. Food is one of the basic necessities of life, and we believe the government should place high priority on assuring that Canada’s food supply is safe, secure, and sustainable. We should seek to be among the world’s best when it comes to the safety of our food supply. We encourage measures to ensure accurate labelling of ingredients and country(ies) of origin, and more rigorous safety testing of imported food products. i) Food is one of the foremost necessities of life, and we believe that the government must insure that the food supply in Canada is salubrious, safe, and traceable. We must look to be the best in the world with respect to the security of supply. We encourage measures to insure accurate labeling and insure the traceability of ingredients and of the countries of origin and a more strict verification of the safety of food products. ii) Export and Diversification. To ensure that Canada has a secure supply of food, we support self-sufficiency in national food production, including increased diversification in the types of foods and agricultural products produced. We encourage government to seek to enhance export opportunities for all agricultural products with special emphasis on markets for processed and finished commodities. Through diversifying, the value added process and manufacturing will create new jobs within the respective communities and Canada. iii) Sustainability. If we are to ensure that Canada’s food supply is assured in the long term, agricultural production must be both economically and environmentally sustainable. We believe that responsible land use and receiving a fair return for growing food go hand in hand. To mitigate against unforeseen adversity, we will continue putting in the hands of the individual producer the innovative economic tools, such as stabilization accounts, to allow them to respond to changing market conditions and to manage the risks of weather and disease. iv) Rural Economy. As the agricultural base of the rural economy has declined, so too has infrastructure in small communities. To preserve the social fabric of rural Canada, we encourage the government to foster diversity and responsible development in small towns
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and villages by encouraging innovation in the development of small businesses that keep these communities alive.

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