The Language of Champlain
Bridge to Asia
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.
Canadian Citizenship and Canadian Values
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.
Refugees and Asylum
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.
Immigration for Growth
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.
Health Care and Seniors
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.
Empowering First Nations: Confidence, Respect & Trust
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.
Canada’s First Nations are the principal original custodians of this land. They have a central role to play in building Canada’s future prosperity, in safeguarding our wilderness and waters, in deepening our sense of belonging as citizens.
Safeguarding Canadian Wilderness: Coastlines, Forests, Freshwater, Grasslands, Oceans & Watersheds
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.
Canada has a duty to its citizens to achieve the highest standards of environmental protection – to reduce discharges of harmful pollutants into the air, ground and water; to enhance wastewater treatment; to restore and improve water and air quality; to stop acid rain and reverse ozone depletion. These are matters of urgency.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Promoting Economic Growth
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.
Children, Parents, Work & Careers
Climate change, the result of both natural causes and human activity, is underway. The right response is study, coordinated action to reduce emissions, and low-tax, market-based solutions.
Completing Canada’s Economic Union
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.
Putting Canadians to Work in the Digital Economy
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.
Fighting Terrorism and Its Sponsors
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.
Defending Canadian Interests and Values
Terrorism – the violent targeting of civilians to achieve extreme political ends – has a long history on every continent.
Ending Poverty and Homelessness in Canada
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.
Opening New Markets for Canadian Merchandise, Services, Expertise and Investment
With all the advantages Canada enjoys, there is no credible reason why poverty should exist in this country in our time.
Starting and Growing Great Canadian Companies
Today the fastest-growing and most affluent new markets are in Asia and Europe.
Ukraine and Russia
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.
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.