A new political party at the federal level does not ‘just happen’.
There must be discernible, identifiable and tangible reasons why thousands of concerned, politically active citizens choose to reject established institutions.
In the words of my very astute (in so many ways) partner, ‘We did not leave the Conservative Party of Canada. The Conservative Party of Canada left us”.
Membership in a political party, perhaps support for any movement, should require a personal ‘buy in’, a belief that there is congruence between the goals and objectives of the organization – and the goals and objectives of the individual. Why would I support a political party that doesn’t represent the values, principles and beliefs that I personally consider important? Most importantly, why would I be willing to ‘go to war’ for any entity which I do not believe is fighting the same battles, for the same reasons, to achieve the same outcomes?
That, I believe, is the essence of the considerable and indisputable support for Maxime Bernier – and the People’s Party of Canada, a political alternative that is still in its transformative evolution.
In no particular order of importance, here are some of the issues for which I am personally willing to ‘go to war’ alongside our battle commander Maxime Bernier:
Let advertisers and/or subscriptions pay for CBC propaganda (and the salaries of the taxpayer subsidized propagandists who spin the propaganda for the Liberals). Taxpayer support for CBC must end.
Create a ‘merit based’, controlled/vetted immigration system whereby immigrants demonstrate that they actually want to be ‘Canadians’ and contribute positively and productively to Canadian society – and the Canadian economy.
Stop the unjustified/unsupportable practice of misusing Canadian taxpayer dollars to fund political initiatives/special interest groups in other countries i.e. How can anyone justify Canada contributing $20 Million to the Clinton Foundation in 2017?
End Supply Management. There is no credible economic model that supports, circumstance that warrants, or benefit to Canadian consumers that derives from the unsustainable, unsupportable government intervention in three (3) special interest groups, dairy, poultry and egg producers. If NAFTA negotiations fail primarily because of the mainstream political support for the dairy, poultry and egg lobbies, Canadians will be penalized by the loss of readily accessible markets to our largest trading partner.
Re-establish the sovereignty of the Legislative branch of government that has been usurped by the Judicial branch of government. No political party has the courage to invoke the ‘notwithstanding clause’ and assert the democratically vested right, as established by the votes of Canadian citizens, whenever legislation is struck down by a an unacceptably politically active Judiciary.
Assert the Constitutional authority of the Federal Government when, and as, required. i.e. Pipeline approval and the distribution of Canada’s natural resources is a federal responsibility. Any challenges by provinces or a politically active judiciary should be immediately turned aside – in the national interest.
Assert the universality of Canadian law, rights, responsibilities and jurisprudence. There should not be different legal interpretations, divergent requirements, even differing sentencing for criminals. i.e. Immigrants being ‘excused’ for not knowing or adhering to the Canadian Criminal Code. Abhorrently and inexplicably, the confessed first degree murderer of an innocent 8 year old child in 2009 is sent to an ‘Aboriginal Healing Lodge’ instead of remaining in prison to serve out the rest of her sentence. London Free Press September 28, 2018
Cease the interference by the Federal Government in the free market and adopt a strict laissez faire economic policy. Bombardier has received almost $5 Billion in federal and Quebec government support (Globe and Mail, March 22, 2018) and Toyota Canada received $110 Million in 2018 to assist with the expansion of Toyota in Canada, as examples. These unfair, special interest subsidies into specific government handpicked industries and companies is not in the best interests of all Canadians.
Eliminate the National Carbon Tax. This is an arbitrary tax that will cost Canadians billions of dollars without any likely environmental benefit – except for those on the government gravy train.
Be honest and forthright with Canadians concerning actual events on the ground in Canada. The recent terrorist Danforth shooting (acknowledged by ISIS as its premier terrorist incident worldwide thus far in 2018) is an example of how the current Liberal government lies, obfuscates and suppresses information that Canadians deserve to know. The government is accountable to the voters – not the reverse.
Provide a fair and equitable framework for all Canadians concerning Aboriginal rights, vetos and governance. No one special interest group can have dominance over all of Canada because of a historical claim that has long since lost its validity. Canada has paid compensation and restitution for more than a century. It is now time for aboriginal groups to become productive, equal citizens in the Canadian federation – for better or worse.
Eliminate the federal control over Health Care funding that is constitutionally the responsibility of the provinces. Let the provinces decide on their own Health Care models and practices. Do not legislate against private options for Canada.
Renegotiate the Federal Equalization Payments model so that some Canadian provinces do no pay unfairly for political and social decisions made in other provinces. Without a level playing field, the future of the Canadian federation is at serious jeopardy.
Create a fair, sustainable taxation system that is simple and universally based, similar to that which has recently been introduced in the US. Basic individual tax rates should be reduced and personal exemptions increased. I am hesitant to apply hard numbers at this time recognizing that any reduction in income must be offset by reductions in expenditures – and I don’t know how long it is going to take to right the ship.
Reduce corporate taxes to a flat 10%. If Canada does not create a favourable economic, sustainable and absolute environment for business investment, the current drain of Canadian and foreign investment will continue – leading possibly to an impending recession. Canada is the tail trying to wag the dog. The US has created a strong, sustainable economic investment climate and Canada will languish and fall hopelessly behind if we do not accept current economic realities.
Reduce the size of government. Enough said.
Deregulate. Again, enough said.
Balance the budget. Once again, enough said.
Straight talk. Enough of political correctness. Call it like it is.
Read Max Bernier’s vision for The People’s Party of Canada on his own website and referenced on The People’s Party of Canada website. Many, if not all, of the above policy ideas are identified and discussed.
There are a large, and growing, number of Canadians who are looking for, demanding, significant changes in the Canadian federal government actions and policies. The People’s Party of Canada is the vehicle for the necessary changes.
Please turn this article into a ‘Hobo’s Stew’ by contributing your own thoughts and ideas. We will bring them forward at a constituency, province and national level, as appropriate when The People’s Party of Canada convenes its initial policy convention.
Glen Walushka, ba, AICB