Campaigns are dynamic environments—constantly covered by the media. It can sometimes be difficult to know what’s policy and what’s not. To clarify things, we’ve launched a six-part series to summarize policy commitments from each of our major federal political parties, with three categories for policy commitments: official party policy that was announced at a planned pre-election or election event; unofficial positions made by party leaders or spokespersons in response to newly introduced platform items from opposing parties, domestic and international situations, or questions from the media; and, traditional party policy in areas, but not yet announced as continued commitment and formal inclusion into 2015 party platform.

Government services, operations and accountability can be confusing to keep track of for even the most hardened politicos—and even more so for those who’ve just jumped on the political bandwagon. So, we’ve provided a short and semi-sweet recap of each party’s position on some of the biggest election buzzwords so far.

More party promises:

Economic and fiscal issues | Canadian families | Environment | International affairs and the military | Social issues