When we review our past we find that grand ideas have emerged from almost all points on the political spectrum. From the national railway to electrification to healthcare, intelligent people took these ideas and made them real because they were of benefit to Canada.
Unfortunately, in the last decades, partisanship has changed our focus from Canada’s grand future to addressing the 140 character minutiae of the minute. Ideology has taken the place of vision. The result is a dearth of new movement forward.
The Liberal Party has long been known as pragmatic, listening to the best ideas and considering them on their merits. I am a Liberal because it is our best chance to move from ideological tunnel vision to grand vision.
I became a liberal when I was 14 in the my home town of Peterborough Ontario because someone invited me to the Liberal Party of Canada. I remember walking into my very first meeting, I was uncertain, I didn’t know what I would find or who these curious characters were sitting around a small smiling British chap (latter found out this was the MP). After a couple of meetings and good company, I later volunteered on my first campaign, joined as a member, started participating in policy discussions, attended my first YL convention, attended my first LPC convention, took on other rolls, sat on the local EDA, and then ran for a PTA executive position.
Each opportunity had it’s challenges, Each opportunity more uncertain then the last, each opportunity I didn’t feel alone, and each opportunity there were like minded Liberals working together for the same goal. What is certain is the comradely among friends and like the other members sharing the same values guiding my uncertain journey of being a member to a joyful long lasting friendship of light, party and others.
I encourage you to invite someone else to a meeting and “be a liberal”.
Richmond, British Columbia
LPCBC Membership Chair
I am a Liberal because I believe that decisions or changes or national reforms should be made by looking at the circumstances not by looking at your traditional or cultural values. ” That ‘s what a Liberal is” Who strongly believes in moving forward with a positive change and message and with a positive attitude.
Ahsan Khokhar from Mississauga
Car je crois fondamentalement que les différences entre beaucoup de Canadiennes et Canadiens fait la force du Canada, et qu’ouvrir la porte aux autres est toujours plus juste que de la fermer.
I am a Liberal. I believe in progression towards greater civil liberties, greater understanding, a higher standard of education, and a higher quality of life. I believe we an achieve these things by pushing the limits of tolerance, and moving one step farther than we’re comfortable. I believe in sustainable, reasonable social programs that benefit the citizens of today without hindering our children in the future. I believe it is the government’s job to ensure that every citizen has equal opportunity in our society, without hindering one’s ability to make mistakes, or bad choices. Everybody has the right to learn. I believe that our society today has many flaws that can be fixed with a simpler, more accessible government who takes responsibility for the safety and well being of the population, but that doesn’t go where it’s not wanted. I believe in reform, and review, of both our government and ourselves as time passes, despite the work involved. I am am a Liberal, because I still have hope for a better world. I believe we owe that to our children. I believe we owe it to ourselves.
Aldergrove, British Columbia.