Tracking the cost of PROMISES

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Tracking the cost of PROMISES

IT'S tough to keep up with the daily campaign promises and even tougher to tell what they cost. Here's a tally of what's been announced to date, based on a four-year mandate. Several spending pledges are spread out over part or all of a mandate, so those have typically been multiplied by four.


  • Estimated: $7.8 billion
  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues to be frugal with his spending promises, preferring instead to make waves with a tip line for the public to report "barbaric cultural practices" and the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal. In recent days, Harper has offered some very modest pledges that have almost no impact on his total. Those include $14 million a year for neurological research done by Brain Canada and an extra $10 million for anti-gang programs.


  • Estimated: $74.7 billion
  • That's a hefty price tag, but it includes a $60-billion increase to the existing federal infrastructure fund over the next decade. But over the last week, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has continued to announce big-ticket items, such as $3 billion for home care and lower prescription drug costs and $3.1 billion announced Monday for post-secondary loans and grants, especially for low-income students.


  • Estimated: $6.56 billion
  • The NDP has already announced two marquee promises -- a national, universal child-care program and some form of pharmacare. Those cost billions together.

Over the last week, Leader Tom Mulcair's pledges have included $350 million to retrofit homes and apartments so they're more energy efficient and the restoration of $115 million in cuts to the CBC.


-- staff, The Canadian Press