The Language of Champlain

The time has come to stop the decline of French in Canada.  It’s no longer enough to promote bilingualism.  The federal government must increase its efforts decisively to promote the use of French throughout Canada.

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Bridge to Asia

Our most serious trade deficits are with China, Korea and Japan.  But there is now a historic opportunity to increase Canadian exports to all Asian markets across all sectors – from energy and agriculture to mining, materials, professional and technology services, finance, education, tourism, advanced engineering and manufacturing.

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Canadian Citizenship and Canadian Values

Canadian citizenship reflects our institutions, our laws and our values.

Canada has the highest naturalization rate of any country in the world precisely because of our ability successfully to integrate newcomers – to make them feel welcome and to open the door to opportunity.

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Refugees and Asylum

When refugees take the difficult decision to leave their homes and their countries, or to embark on dangerous voyages with uncertain prospects, they are acting from despair.  Persecution and conflict are on the rise.  Around the world today over 65 million people remain forcibly displaced – the largest number since the Second World War. 

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Immigration for Growth

Canada has the world’s best immigration system for three simple reasons.  First, we select people on merit.  Second, by intensive reform we have made our programmes less vulnerable to fraud, abuse and irregular migration.  Third, a strong and growing Canadian economy has ensured newcomers find jobs relatively quickly – a key driver of successful integration.

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Health Care and Seniors

Canada’s universal public health care system is a constitutive asset for our country.  But it needs to get better, above all at allocating effort and resources, to (i) provide primary care; (ii) improve service delivery; and (iii) measure results.

 

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Canada’s Métis

It’s time to engage with Métis peoples – on the basis of “rights, respect and partnership” but also in confidence that a better future is within reach, that old wrongs can be righted, and that all Métis have a central role to play in a New Canada.

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Canadian Energy

Canada has the potential to be self-sufficient in energy – and to be a strategic supplier to Asia, Europe and beyond.  To unlock this potential, we need to pursue six goals: investment; clean production; safe transportation and transmission; conservation; innovation; and exports.

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Children, Parents, Work & Careers

Today’s parents are under pressure.  It’s hard to find the quality of child care spaces we want for our kids.  We’re often urged by employers and colleagues to minimize time away from demanding careers.  We can’t always afford child care that’s convenient and reliable.  According to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) last year, Canadian families spend over 22% of their net income on child care – well above the average for the 35 high income OECD countries.

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Completing Canada’s Economic Union

Canadians have had an abiding dream – that by exchanging ideas, goods and services we enrich one another, that by opening ourselves to new products, to new thinking and to new approaches we make a better country and ultimately a better world.  One hundred and fifty years after Confederation, it is time to complete our economic union.

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Putting Canadians to Work in the Digital Economy

By many measures, the digital economy – including the information and communication technology sector; digitally-driven business, financial, professional and retail services; and the application, content, creative, design and media sectors – has created the lion’s share of new employment in Canada so far this century.  

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Defending Canadian Interests and Values

In two world wars, as well as in the fight against communism (Korea) and terrorism (Afghanistan), Canada has sacrificed greatly to secure the long peace we have enjoyed since 1945.  That legacy is now under threat.  

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Starting and Growing Great Canadian Companies

Canada depends for its prosperity on the strength and success of Canadian businesses, large and small.  We depend in particular on those generating merchandise and commercial services exports, as well as those with foreign affiliates.  According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Canada had US $475 billion in exports and $475 billion in imports in 2014.[1] 

 

 

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Ukraine and Russia

In 2014 Russia invaded Eastern Ukraine and annexed Crimea.  For the first time since the end of the Second World War, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council forcibly seized and sought unilaterally to assert sovereignty over the territory of a neighbouring state.

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