Trudeau’s government has fulfilled 67 out of 364 commitments. These numbers come from a Liberal government mandate tracker.
Three commitments are listed as “not being pursued.”
These include the promise of electoral reform, but also promises to remove the GST from new capital investments in affordable rental housing. As well as to provide a 12-month break on employment insurance premiums for companies that hire young workers.
Majority of commitments are “underway”
The majority of commitments are listed as “underway.”
Of those, 218 are listed as “on track,” while 13 are described as “underway with challenges.”
The promise to balance the federal budget by 2019 is considered as an “underway challenge”. Meaning, its likely not going to happen.
While Trudeau does deserve praise for fulfilling certain promises, the Prime Minister still has a long way before even reaching half.
Not to mention, the most daunting tasks; balancing the budget, and electoral reform are all but obsolete.
Laval University research
A count maintained by researchers at Laval University concluded that from 353 promises identified, 110 have been kept, and 12 have been broken.
Since coming to office in the fall of 2015, the Liberals have dwelled on a school of thought known as “deliverology” — an approach, developed by an adviser to Tony Blair’s Labour government in the United Kingdom, that aims to prioritize the delivery of policy and the measuring of results.
“The goal is to put as much information out there and data out there as possible, with clarity around goals,” said a government official.
Ignoring the big stuff
Ultimately, Trudeau heavily campaigned on balancing the budget, transparency, and electoral reform.
No, the budget won’t be balanced. Not until 2040 at least, says the Finance Department.
Transparency seems not to matter anymore, especially since the Jody Wilson-Raybould debacle unraveled, and emerged as the biggest news story in the country.
And, there seems to be no electoral reform anytime soon.
Although, the Trudeau government is expected to introduce a bill that will address limiting spending of political parties in the run-up to the official campaign period, possibly stricter spending limits during campaigns and creating an independent commission to organize televised leaders debates.
The government has indicated the bill will also include spending limits on third party advocacy groups and ensure they are not funded by foreign money.
The scary stuff
Scarily enough, the Liberals may introduce a bill to regulate social media like Facebook.
This could be the first of many steps that ultimately lead to complete government, or worse multinational, control over social media. But that’s exactly what the Liberal candidate for Burnaby-South, Richard Lee, suggested.
Lee said that the United Nations should establish a worldwide internet regulator to stop the spread of misinformation.