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One year later, how many election promises has Justin Trudeau kept?

Calgary-based IT consultant keeping tabs on election promises versus government reality.

Justin Trudeau marks one year in office on Nov. 4.

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Justin Trudeau marks one year in office on Nov. 4.

One year since he became prime minister and Justin Trudeau has fulfilled some of his promises, is still working on many and has broken others, according to an independent, non-partisan website that has been tracking his progress.

Calgary-based IT consultant Dom Bernard and some of his colleagues built the website www.trudeaumetre.ca, which tracks what the prime minister has done compared to what he had promised.

Trudeau made 219 promises during last year's marathon federal election campaign, according to the website. The Trudeau Metre shows the prime minister achieved 34 of those promises as of Thursday. The site shows 64 promises are still in progress, 95 haven't been started yet and 26 have been broken.

Trudeau's pledge to run deficits of less than $10 billion in his first two fiscal years and his failure to end the ban from giving blood on men who have had sex with men are among the prime minister's broken promises, according to the website.

The site also says bringing in 25,000 Syrian refugees constituted a broken promise, because, while it did happen, the government missed the aggressive timeline Trudeau promised during the campaign.

Bernard said with no other government to compare Trudeau against, it’s hard to say if he is any better or worse than his predecessors.

“The numbers are what they are. In terms of whether they are good or bad, it’s hard to know,” he said.

He said that, for most people, the individual promises that Trudeau does or doesn’t honour have different weight, but for the site they try to treat it like a pass-or-fail exercise.

“We’re trying to stay as objective as possible,” he said.  

The project was modeled after an Egyptian initiative that attempted to track the promises of that country’s first democratically elected president.

Many of the individual promises have generated lengthy discussions in the comment section of the website and Bernard said that’s exactly what they hoped would happen.

“We wanted to start the same amount of discussion and conversation,” he said. “Canadians are interested in discussing what the government is doing, what the government said it would do.”

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