Martin's Platform

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Infrastructure: Secure Infrastructure funding to complete Chief Peguis extension in a timely, cost efficient and 3P construction process. 


Pipelines: We need to get the pipeline built and I am pro-development of an East-West energy corridor that would include electrical transmission, oil/natural gas and right of way for rail development.


Environment: Scrap the carbon tax and re-introduce a NEW Eco-Energy program. Under this program, insulation, furnace upgrades, solar/wind generation, geothermal, heat pumps, grey water systems, rain storage systems or electric/hybrid vehicles will be encouraged  and the purchaser will receive an income tax rebate towards such investments. This will apply to homes and businesses to lower expenses making them more efficient and environmentally friendly. I believe Canadians know how to spend their money more wisely than the government when it comes to saving energy and the environment. 


Taxation: I want to lower your taxes, and simply the taxation process. Maxime Bernier has proposed a flat tax system and I support that endeavour. 

0% Tax on $0-$15,000 of income

15% Tax on $15,000-$100,000 of income

25% Tax on everything over $100,000

10% Business Tax Rate


Government Reform: Reducing the size of the Federal Government by 8-10% in total employee numbers. Remove early federal pension collection to politicians and set the age at which they can begin collecting their pension to age 50. To encourage respect for government we must emulate fairness and responsibility for all-including politicians.


Canada Pension Plan Reform: The Canadian Pension plan is failing retired Canadians by failing to provide the necessary means to live comfortably in retirement. I intend to develop legislation where Canadians can opt out of the CPP if they so choose. The CPP deductions would automatically be deducted by employers and deposited into an account of the employees choosing. The frequency of payments would remain the same however the employee is now privately saving for their retirement. This allows your Pension Plan savings to be transferred to a spouse  rather than be confiscated or be given a reduced payout by the government There would be insurance policies in place to cover the loss of pension funds due to short or long term disabiliy or illness.

 

Trade and Labour Mobility: I believe that trade and labour mobility should flow freely across Canada and our Provincial borders. I believe legislation that allows goods to flow without tariffs or additional taxes from one province to another is a good idea. I also believe that  skilled professionals should be able to move from one province to another unencumbered by re-certification. (Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Nurses or Tradespeople)-any skilled professional should be recognised Canada wide. In that endeavour I would seek to reduce the size of all Provincial Apprenticeship Branches to merely satellite offices and have one Federal Office in Ottawa that would oversee all professional certifications and recognition. A certification in one province is a certification in all. No longer would regional apprenticeship branches be influenced by local employers to  the detriment of the labour force.

 

Border Security and Immigration: We must immediately remove ourselves from the Safe Third Country agreement. Legal immigration to Canada must be encouraged and all those who came illegally must return to their country of residence and apply through the proper channels. We cannot help others if we don’t put Canadians first. What’s happening at Roxham Road in Quebec, and Emerson Manitoba is not being respectful to hard working tax payers. If we do not put Canadians first the reasons why people choose to come to Canada is in jeopardy. Our country is great because of our education and social services. All the people coming here legally and illegally comes with an added social cost and past governments are not listening to the voices of Canadians on this issue.  I believe we need to have a debate on immigration in Parliament and possibly a referendum on our immigration numbers. We need to discuss how many, who do we choose, family reunification and how do we help those who come here integrate successfully into our society. 


Indigenous Reonciliation: Knowledge is power. I encourage the government in the spirit of reconciliation to continue to provide educational assistance for those on reserves or implement new programs for those who wish to continue with higher education/vocational programs to better themselves and their families. I would be willing to seek the funding to ensure those who choose to pursue these programs would receive education and housing assistance at recognized educational institutions.

 

Foreign Aid, Military and Foreign Entanglements: I believe we need to end all foreign aid until Canada’s infrastructure is fully repaired to functioning levels. Politicians have been throwing our money all over the world when they should be focussing on issues at home. Our infrastructure needs major repairs and we have thousands of homeless on our streets- this is unacceptable in my mind. No more foreign aid and no more entering foreign entanglements until we get our own house in order. In that effort I would ensure our military is funded for strong, short range, rapid strike defensive operations rather than power projection abroad. We must provide the right equipment for the military position we choose to take. The right projects need to get chosen for our military to invest in, without lengthy delays and foreign interference. 


Judicial Reform: I believe the punishments in Canada for many offences are far too lenient. We need to access how we are choosing judges, and what sentences are given. There have been far too many violent home invasions in Winnipeg and other areas of the country where light sentences are handed out. I would seek recommendation to invoke Castle Law/Equal Force Law and the right to defend one’s person and property from threatening individuals. I would also like to see inmates doing good for society. I believe there may be savings for the government in the development of penal labour agreements with provincial and local municipalities. I also feel that our Free Speech Legislation must be amended. There are too many people who are being silenced, threatened and imprisoned by our current legislation by simply speaking their minds. I believe people should have the right to say whatever they want, and I also believe that people have a right to choose whether or not they want to listen. Legislating what people can and cannot say is not the role of government.  I also feel we need to have a debate on when life begins since we have no abortion legislation in Canada. I feel women need the right to choose, but I also feel we need to respect the right to life of babies. I would vote favourably on any legislation that restricts abortion past the 1st trimester. An equal balance must be sought between women’s rights and the rights of the unborn.    

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