Achieving Results for Canadians

We have an aggressive and ambitious plan to ensure that Canada comes back from COVID-19 stronger, fairer, healthier, and more prosperous. As with any plan, it always comes down to implementation. Canadians need their federal government to make decisions based on high-quality data and based on the best interests of Canadians. This requires a strong public service that has the tools to meet the challenges of Canada in 2021, and onwards.

A re-elected Liberal government will:

  • Establish a permanent Council of Economic Advisors to provide independent advice to government on long-term growth. The Council will be gender-balanced and reflect Canada’s diversity. Looking beyond the immediate horizon of government, the Council will draw on expertise inside and outside of government to provide input and policy options that help Canada achieve a higher standard of living, better quality of life, inclusive growth, and a more innovative and skillful economy.
  • Undertake a comprehensive strategic policy review of government programs. Unlike past exercises that were driven by cost-savings or deficit reduction objectives, this continuous process will examine how effectively each major program and policy is doing in meeting the biggest challenges of our time, including: achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, improving fairness and equality, and promoting quality of life and growth for everyone.
  • Adopt quality of life budgeting. Building on the work done over the last two years to develop Canada’s first-ever quality of life framework, we will apply this framework to future federal budgets. This will ensure that spending begins from the perspective of how to achieve long-term outcomes that benefit people—such as reducing poverty or improving the environment—and rigorously reports on the progress achieved to date.
  • Use the government’s buying power to set standards and norms, requiring suppliers of goods and services to apply the highest ethical and sustainability standards across their supply chains. And we will further strengthen federal procurement policies to integrate human rights, environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) principles and supply chain transparency principles and ensure they apply to both core government agencies and Crown corporations. Putting human rights and ESG principles at the heart of our procurement processes aligns not only with our values, but also aligns with Canada’s national interest.