At a news conference in Burnaby, British Columbia, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announces that in his first 100 days as prime minister he will create a commission to review government subsidies for corporations. He will appoint Kevin Falcon, former deputy premier and finance minister of British Columbia, and Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, the former president and CEO of VIA Rail Canada, to oversee the commission, which would operate under the Department of Finance. This is part of Scheer’s previously announced pledge to cut at least $1.5 billion annually in what his party calls “corporate welfare”. Scheer says the savings will be redirected to Canadians.
The Conservative leader will spend the final week of the election campaign outlining his priorities for the first 100 days of a new Conservative government.