The House of Commons returns from its holiday break Monday as the Trudeau government begins in earnest the task of honouring it’s campaign commitments.
The government has a long list of promises to keep, including doctor assisted death legislation, a tax cut for the middle class, electoral reform, climate change and health-care funding.
Government House leader Dominic LeBlanc says Canadians can be confident the government will keep all the promises the Liberals made.
One of the biggest items on the governments to do list is kick-starting the slumping economy. The government is looking at speeding up the spending of billions of dollars in infrastructure money from a fund set up under the previous government.
Discussions have already begun between the federal government and the provinces about how to allocate existing cash from the $10 billion New Building Canada fund set up under the previous government.
While the government has said they’d like to speed up infrastructure spending, Federal infrastructure minister Amerjeet Sohi has said the plan to roll out the $10 billion in funding over the next two years won’t change.
The timing fits well for the city of London. Rapid transit will be one of the major items on the 2016 calendar for London City Council, already Mayor Matt Brown has held talks with the province.
London is considering rapid transit models that vary from full bus rapid transit to full light rail. A hybrid model, featuring both bus rapid transit and light rail is the preferred option by council, at a cost between $850-$900 million. London has pledged $125 million towards some form of rapid transit.
Doctor assisted death will be decided by the summer. Originally the Supreme Court of Canada gave the federal government a deadline of Feb. 6, 2016 to draft a new law recognizing the right of consenting adults in mental or physical pain to have a doctor help them end their lives, but granted a six-month extension mid-January.
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) could also make its way onto the agenda in 2016. The 12-country trade zone reached a tentative deal last October, which now must be ratified by all member states.
Pipelines will be an issue early on in Ottawa, Conservative House Leader Andrew Scheer has said the Official Opposition plans to make pipelines a priority.
They became a talking point last Thursday Montreal-area mayors came out in opposition to TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also angered some at home when he encouraged the world to see Canada for more than just its natural resources while speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.