The following are just some of the promises the Harper Conservatives have broken or flouted since they formed the government in 2006:

Aboriginal people
Accept the targets agreed upon at the Meeting of First Ministers and National Aboriginal Leaders and work with first ministers and national aboriginal leaders on achieving these targets

Arts and culture
Preserve the role of the National Film Board, the Canada Council and other federal arts and culture agencies

Electoral reform
Establish and abide by fixed election dates every four years

Electoral reform
Make all votes in Parliament, except the budget and main estimates, “free votes” for ordinary Members of Parliament

Electoral reform
Increase the power of Parliament and parliamentary committees to review the spending estimates of departments and hold ministers to account

Work to achieve with the provinces permanent changes to the equalization formula which would ensure that nonrenewable natural resource revenue is removed from the equalization formula to encourage economic growth, and ensure that no province is adversely affected from changes to the equalization formula

Fiscal imbalance
Work with the provinces in order to achieve a long-term agreement which would address the issue of fiscal imbalance in a permanent fashion

Extend the two hundred mile limit to the edge of the Continental Shelf, the nose and tail of the Grand Banks, and the Flemish Cap in the North Atlantic and be prepared to exercise Canadian custodial management over this area

Adopt, in conjunction with interested coastal provinces or territories, a system of increased provincial management of the fisheries through joint management and joint fisheries councils

National defence
Establish new unmanned aerial vehicle squadrons at CFB 5 Wing Goose Bay and CFB Comox, and a new Territorial Defence Battalion in the St. John’s area

National defence
Engage Canadian firms to construct new Joint Support Ships

Senate reform
Begin reform of the Senate by creating a national process for choosing elected Senators from each province and territory; and propose further reforms to make the Senate an effective, independent, and democratically elected body that equitably represents all regions