(This politically themed post is on request of a loyal reader, so blame him if you don’t like reading my ideological ramblings.)
I was asked by my good friend Roy to describe a liberal party as I would want it to be, and I’ll try my best. One important note is that these ideas are not party-exclusive, so feel free to take them and add them to your views.
I’ll start with the overall guiding ideals that would shape the decision-making process. There are 3 governing traits that define the political experience that I want to be a part of: sensible, responsible, and compassionate.
- Sensible means making policy and governance decisions based on fact and reason, and not based on emotion or how many votes it will get you in the next election.
- responsible means making the decisions that will lead to the greatest increase in the well-being of the Canadian people, even if it’s wildly unpopular with an interest group. The elected officials represent their constituents: not the corporations, not the unions, not any special interest group.
- Most importantly, compassionate means that every decision is made with the goal of creating a better, more compassionate society for our children. We are a country with great wealth, safety, health, and ability. Our humanity is best defined by the kindness we show others, and as a nation we should pursue that kindness from coast to coast.
These ideals are the ones I try to live by each and every day, and I want any group that I choose to support and work with to reflect these values.
“But these are just vague, ideological musings. Where’s the beef? I want specific policy statements!” you cry, and I will submit to your demands. be warned: there’s nothing radical in my personal platform. Those vague guidelines that I listed above keep me from being too far out on either side of an ideological argument, since I have to keep in mind all sides of an argument before charting my own course. So, in no particular order, a few policy ideas:
- PAY DOWN DEBT. Tax money paid to service the debt (aka pay the interest) is shameful spending, throwing away the hard-earned money of Canadians, all because the Government spent money they didn’t have. Accumulating debt is a crime against the next generation who will have to deal with your sloppy fiscal policy. Before we make any other fiscal policy changes, we have to get the books in order.
- Simplify the tax code. Close the loopholes. I won’t ever promise you tax cuts, but I will try to make sure that everyone is paying their fair share.
- Clean up corporate subsidies. Any government subsidy has to be measured against the long-term value to the community and to Canadians. How many long-term, permanent jobs will be created by the subsidy? If that money would create more long-term, permanent jobs in the public sector, then that’s where the money will go.
More than anything, I believe in a meritocracy, where those with the talent and will to succeed are able to do so, and our society as a whole benefits when we make the barriers to success as few as possible. I want to get everyone to the starting line, and then it’s up to them to go as far as they can. Access to healthcare, education, safe living conditions, all of these things will get our kids ready to compete.