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The clock is ticking…

Posted on September 30, 2014

This is it…

Your last chance to join 6,791 Canadians who have donated to this fundraising drive.

Today is also your last chance to win the political experience of a lifetime. After you donate, share your big idea for Canada and enter to win: a return flight to Ottawa, breakfast with Justin Trudeau and one of his senior advisors (you bring the big idea!), and a chance to hear former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak over lunch on October 6, 2014.

If you donate you will receive an exclusive electronic preview from Justin Trudeau’s new book Common Ground. And if you give $200, or more, you’ll receive a free hard copy of the book.

Donate $3, or more, before time runs out:

https://www.liberal.ca/finish-q3-strong

The clock is ticking...

Thank you.

Katie Telford

National Campaign Co-Chair, Liberal Party of Canada

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PS. You can always donate by phone at 1-888-542-3725. Our lines are open until midnight ET tonight.

What’s your big idea for Canada ?

Posted on September 30, 2014

Submit your big ideas for Canada

Join in, donate, and then suggest YOUR big idea for Canada!


Princeton from Calgary:

I’m an Engineer that hopes our government will return to more evidence based, scientific decision making.

Lise-Marie in Alexandria:

Incentive should be given to employers to ensure that graduating university students are given job experience in their field of studies.

James from Montréal:

If we choose to send our forces into harm’s way, we should equip them properly, or keep them home. They deserve better than they have gotten.

Sarah from Carp:

Start the “Maple Leaf Kids” program for Canadian children to learn about caring for Canada’s environment and be our green ambassadors!

Coorinne in Victoria:

Improved behaviour in the House of Commons. Attack the problem – not the person.

Douglas from North Vancouver:

Ensuring better infrastructure agreements with Canada’s largest and growing urban areas.

Russell in Halifax:

I’d like to see a commitment from the feds to encourage the building of a highway link from the island of Newfoundland through Labrador.

Max from Edmonton:

Internet! Let’s adopt Estonia’s PKIs and get ambitious about super high-speed broadband. We’ll be more competitive if we’re better connected

Laurie in Barrie:

Initiatives that would empower Canadians who suffer from mental illness. To lift them out of poverty & increase their quality of life.

Patricia from Perth:

Concern that pensions are under attack. Ex: OAS deferral, also consideration for TB Pensions now being studied/proposed by Govt.

Brett in Sechelt:

Increase funding for the CBC. I work at home as an artist and rely heavily on the inspiration I get from listening to Radio 1, 2 & 3.

Jill from East York:

Revamp the Canadian Health system to one of a prevention model where everybody benefits.

 

Join in, donate, and then suggest YOUR big idea for Canada!


 
Karen in Winnipeg:

We need to support creative industries more. We say there is no money for the arts – without the arts, we are nothing.

Mohammad in Mississauga:

My hope is that Canada will go back to being a source of peace & fairness. Our current foreign policy is too partisan it needs to be balanced.

Rod from Greely:

I am concerned about the underfunded and diminishing capacity of National Search and Rescue infrastructure and resources in Canada.

Carlyn in Carrying Place:

Find common ground. Unite not divide. Develop national empathy and urgency to addressing growing social and economic inequality. Use facts.

Katherine in Cobourg:

Develop a 21st century transportation plan which includes the more efficient transportation of goods & people across our country & cities.

Sandra in Gander:

Make disease prevention a priority – not only will it lower our health care cost but people will be happier & healthier.

Vinessa from Toronto:

My hope for Canada is full gender equality for women. I think a national daycare program is key to achieving this goal.

Adam in Toronto:

Why can’t we vote online? Or through a secure phone app? Or even through mail? Why always a workday? Lets make it required and simple.

Rebecca from Westmount:

Guaranteed personal income to ensure standard of living for all Canadians and stimulate the economy

Gordon from Conception Bay South:

Old age pension should be tax free or only tax at 25% people making under 75,000 a year

Conor in Saskatoon:

Gender inequality. Pay is a big issue, and perceptions of women as leaders, boss vs. bossy, etc. Women’s rights around the world.

Laura in Nanaimo:

Enact national legislation entrenching the rights of persons with disabilities similar to the act the Americans have (ADA).

Gary from Kelowna:

Thorium nuclear reactors, solar initiatives, improved building energy efficiency, electric cars with reduced weight, zero waste society

 

Join in, donate, and then suggest YOUR big idea for Canada!


 
Disclaimer:

These submissions have been chosen from actual submissions to the “Win the Political Experience of a Lifetime” contest. Posting of these submissions is not an endorsement of any kind by The Liberal Party of Canada. Nor are these submissions prioritized over any other contest idea submission. They have only been edited for grammar, spelling mistakes, and translation purposes. For the official contest rules, please click here.

Be part of this story

Posted on September 30, 2014

It’s up to you. Yes, you.

With midnight just a few hours away, you have a decision to make.

Will you choose an optimistic future where Canada can be ambitious again? A future in which, as a country, we can have big ideas, and make them a reality?

So far, 5,515 Canadians have made up their minds. They’ve donated in response to an email just like this one.

But with time running out to make yourself a part of this story, now, I’m asking you.

Will you donate $3 and choose to believe our positive politics can win against Conservative cynicism and attack politics?

https://www.liberal.ca/finish-q3-strong

Your donations have helped us achieve some incredible things: sending me to over 350 cities and towns, nominating over 100 Team Trudeau candidates, growing our membership over 200,000, and introducing innovative policy ideas like my Transparency Act. But there is so much more we need to do.

With you on my side, we can replace Stephen Harper’s tired, out-of-touch government with one that’s focused on Canadians, that’s focused on you. But we have to act now — time is running out.

Thank you.

Justin Trudeau

Donate Now

PS. Today is your last chance to win the political experience of a lifetime. After you donate, share your big idea for Canada and enter to win: a return flight to Ottawa, breakfast with me and one of my senior advisors (you bring the big idea!), and a chance to hear former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak over lunch on October 6, 2014. Everyone who gives will receive an exclusive electronic preview from my new book, Common Ground. And if you give $200, or more, you’ll receive a complimentary hard copy of the book.

PPS. You can always donate by phone at 1-888-542-3725. Our lines are open until midnight ET tonight.

This is our best prize yet:

Posted on September 28, 2014

Pack your bags and bring your big idea for Canada… because you could win a chance to pitch it to me and one of my senior advisors over breakfast in Ottawa, on October 6.

But wait, there’s more.

If you win, we’re not just going to fly you to Ottawa for our breakfast brainstorm. We’re also saving you a seat so you can hear former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak over lunch.

It’s going to be the political experience of a lifetime, and if you’re interested, I need your help.

With an election a year away or less, we need to close the gap now. We’re already on track to raise $2.5M, the most we’ve ever raised in a third quarter.

But I need us to hit $3.1M to put us in striking distance of the Conservative fundraising machine. With the September 30 deadline fast approaching, I can’t do it without you.

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Donate $3 or more, now, and then enter to win a return flight to Ottawa, breakfast with me and one of my senior advisors (you bring the big idea!), and a ticket to hear Hillary Clinton:

https://www.liberal.ca/finish-q3-strong/

Everyone who donates will receive an exclusive electronic preview from my new book Common Ground the day the book is released. And if you give $200, or more, you’ll receive a complimentary hard copy of the book.

You can bet I’m excited about this. I’ve now had four extraordinary dinners with Doug, Dorothy, Sharon and Richard. It’s time for something a little different — and this time our winner could be you.

Thank you.

Justin Trudeau

PS. You can always donate by phone at 1-888-542-3725. Our lines are open until 7pm ET every day from September 19 to September 29. On September 30, they will be open until midnight.

OP-ED: An alternative to the Tories’ broken EI plan

Posted on September 24, 2014

Canadians need a plan for jobs and growth. After nearly a decade of Conservative government, unemployment is still stubbornly high and economic growth is sluggish. In the past 12 months, only 15,000 full-time jobs have been created in Canada. That’s why Liberals are focused on a jobs and growth agenda.

Since I became leader of the Liberal Party last spring, we have been talking about solutions to grow our economy and give Canadians a real and fair chance to succeed — infrastructure investment, access to post-secondary education, strengthening our trade relationships and innovation.

As Parliament returned from the summer, the Conservatives could have offered a real plan for jobs and growth. They did not.

Instead, they put forward an employment insurance plan that gives a greater incentive for employers to fire workers than to hire new ones. Experts have shown that their plan can give businesses a benefit of over $2,000 a year when they fire a worker, but only $200 when they hire one.

To understand this point, take the finance minister’s own example of a firm with 14 employees and payroll of $560,000. Under the federal government’s proposal, this business would be eligible for a refund of about $2,200. But, if one new worker was hired, the full Conservatives’ EI credit would be lost. Even worse, take another company slightly over the arbitrary threshold — it would be incentivized to actually lay off a worker in order to receive that $2,200 benefit.

Canadian economists have said that the Conservatives’ ill-considered proposal may be “a disincentive to growth,” “likely to have little effect on employment or wages,” and even “an incentive to fire workers and cut salaries.”

It is not too late for the Conservatives to fix their mistake.

We have offered a counter proposal — a real plan to create jobs and growth. We have asked the prime minister to instead offer a full employment insurance premium exemption for every new job that a business creates. This means businesses would receive a benefit that can reach nearly $1,300 for every new job that they create.

With the money earmarked for the Conservatives’ proposal, our plan could reward and encourage the creation of more than 175,000 new jobs starting this January.

Programs like this have worked before; the federal budgets in 1997 and 1998 each had time-limited EI hiring incentives that provided companies with an EI premium exemption when salary levels exceeded the previous year’s payroll. So, when businesses were growing and hiring, they received a significant tax break.

This approach was also flexible. For example, if it was too much of an administrative burden for a company to keep track of precisely when it reached the previous year’s total payroll, the government simply sent a refund when that business filed its taxes. We know this is a better approach to create jobs and growth because it worked. In the years these programs were active, Canada saw massive employment growth, especially for small businesses.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a choice: ignore the experts and the evidence, and stick with a plan that rewards businesses for staying small and getting smaller, or choose a better plan that helps to create more jobs and encourages businesses to grow.

The choice is clear.

Liberals will continue to put forward positive solutions that will help our economy grow and give all Canadians a real and fair chance at success.

- Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada