The Liberal Party of Canada is revived again. Let it be said, the Liberal Party have struggled out of power for a decade. During the last few years, the party lost a significant amount of supporters. As a result, the party lost severely in the 2011 federal election, captured only 19 percent of the popular vote and 34 seats. This loss placed the party in third place in the House of Commons for the first time in the party’s history.
Now things have changed. Surprisingly, in the 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party won the election with great margin of majority seats. The party won 39.5% of the popular vote and 184 seats, and regained the majority of seats in the House of Commons. In other words, the Liberal Party secured the federal power with its best showing since the 2000 federal election.
From the outset, the Liberal government proposed very hopeful policy. Specifically, the party introduced its comprehensive policy early on during the election time. Clearly, and despite the various critics, there is no doubt that the Liberal government policy is comprehensive and even impressive. The outlined policy tackled very important national and international issues. With respect to the national policy, the party addressed the issue of employment, healthcare, families, taxes, manufacturing and infrastructure, energy and the environment, etc. In this context, the party have promised to spend $20 billion over 10 years on greener infrastructure. Moreover, the party introduced a new tax rate of 33% on income of more than $200,000. Also, the party have promised $60 billion in new spending on roads, bridges, transit and other projects. In a similar manner, the party pledged to invest $300-million annually in a Youth Employment Strategy. In addition, $500 million annually to the provinces and territories for training programs, with an additional $200-million for training workers who can’t get federal training and $50 million for aboriginal education. Finally, the party promised to reallocate funds from income splitting and the Universal Child Care Benefit to create a Canada Child Benefit, which would provide an additional $2,500 a year for a typical family of four.
In foreign policy, the Liberal government addressed the issue of Ukraine, climate change, terrorism, Islamic State in Syria (ISIS), Syrian refugees, humanitarian issues, and just to name a few. To be more specific, the party supports training efforts in Ukrainian and sanctions against Russia. In terms of Islamic State, the party promised to end bombing mission against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, increase humanitarian aid and help train local groups. Finally, the party promised to sponsor 25,00 Syrian refugees and invest an additional $100 million for refugee processing and settlement.
It is no exaggeration to say, the Liberal government have introduced an optimistic political transformation. This transformation, for sure will positively move the country forward. Today, the Liberal government policy is quite popular in Canada and elsewhere. Yet, the facticity of the fact is vitally undeniable. That is to say, there are sizable number of people who disagree with the Liberal government policy. They have posed strong objections and challenges to the Liberal policy. They believe that this policy is unrealistic and it is inherently undesirable. Unfortunately, as politically-biased human beings, we often disagree about our political views. So, for good or ill, the adversarial views are part of our democratic system. In addition, the idea that everyone should agree or accept the Liberal policy seems a bit odd. As rational and emotional beings, people tend to evaluate things according to their belief systems and values. People have all the rights to accept or reject the things that stand out to them for political or whatever reasons. In fact, the disagreement itself is the recognition that the Liberal government have done the work. At any rate, it is reasonable to take the adversaries critics seriously, and see where they lead. May be to come up with an agreement or not, but indubitably there is a lot positive outcome to be expected. As we at the Key Group see it, the disagreements are part of our civic rights and responsibility. In fact, it is the best price of the democracy.
Political and public engagements are crucial to advance any government policy. That said, we are at the Key Group support the Liberal government policy. We consider this policy is ambitious and compatible with Canada’s 21st century endeavor. In this respect, it is safe to say, the Liberal Party has a charm progressive political vision. At its simplest, the party foster a system of political inclusion and equal representation. Certainly, this vision will reshape Canada’s democratic institution, political discourse and public participation. Out of this experience and the ideas associated with the Liberal government will render a promising political ethos.
We acknowledge, of course, that there are enormous challenges about the Liberal government policy. In our view, these challenges need comprehensive evaluations and critical debates. Hence, it is the utmost relevance to ask, is the Liberal government policy easy to be realised in actual political experience? In other words, is such ambitious policy realistically attainable? Even if it is, what are the required efforts the Liberal government ought to make to achieve it? These and other related questions are central importance to the Liberal government policy, and they demand reasonable answers. At The Key Group, we believe that the task of answering these questions might be difficult, yet, is not impossible. Yes, it requires serious consideration, rigorous research, inclusive engagements, critical deliberations and constructive debates. We are committed to make our contribution and advance the debates forward. We can think of no better way to prepare for such valuable endeavor than to focus on the content and application of the proposed policy. This focus will be the best glue and the fuel for the realization of the Liberal government policy. To this end, we will say nothing more of the Liberal policy here, and let us begin the work.