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Liberal Caucus wants your feedback

Posted by Ralph Goodale on September 24, 2012 | No Comments

The Liberal Caucus room in Centre Block on Parliament Hill is where the tough issues are debated and the hard decisions are made.

And when our MPs and Senators gather there every Wednesday when the House is in session, it’s vital that your opinions are part of the conversation.

That’s why I’d like you to take this 5-minute survey before we collect the results on Monday, October 1. Later that week, on Wednesday, I will stand up in Caucus, share these results, and be your voice in the Caucus room.

Please click here to take our Caucus Wants To Know survey:

http://opinion.liberal.ca/opinion/caucus-wants-to-know-survey/

These are serious questions. And your answers are even more important.

What is the most pressing issue that the Liberal Caucus should be raising in Parliament? Which economic or health issue most concerns you at this time? Should we make national unity a priority in Parliament?

And do you think the federal government should discourage the development of the oil sector? And what do you think of the NDP’s argument that Alberta’s strong natural resources sector is hurting other regions of the country?

These are the kinds of questions that tell us about the Canada you want to see. And, in answering them, what we Liberals stand for.

Please click here to take our short Caucus Wants To Know survey and help us better represent you in Parliament.

Thank you.

Ralph Goodale

MP, Wascana
Deputy Leader

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  1. Avatar of Richard Richard said on

    Thanks, LPC for this opportunity. Bit thumbs up to all!
    This is exactly what the electorate needs to get engaged again.
    Hopefully LPC can connect the dots in a public way, between the results of this survey (and other surveys) and their actions in Parliament.
    I will be trying to encourage people to fill it out under the argument “you wanted a say, this is an opportunity to do so”. It will be really important, that caucus, can point to the “peoples” opinion in their arguments, statements.
    That’s my nickel worth, since the conservatives have take away the 2 cent option :-)))

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  2. Avatar of Richard Richard said on

    I can see why the survey was presented as it was. Making you “pick one”, simplifying the summary of results
    From my point of view, I would of rather, rated the choices.
    Questions one: all listed issues are important, very hard to choose. I picked, True accountability because, good governace of the remainder, rely on that basic premise.
    Given that, the economy, very much, is depended on managing the environment concerns, Aboriginal affairs, management of resources and foreign policy. So the economy would be my next choice.
    I wondering if LPC will get the true feel of the public’s view from this survey?

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  3. Avatar of Ken Cunningham Ken Cunningham said on

    Sorry to say i have to agree with Rick’s point. Some of the question could be answered by more than just a yes no or choose one; some of the questions are a bit leading and offer too few responses.
    I realize it’s a very difficult job to synthesize people’s opinions down to one or two options and this is still likely to be a useful gauge of what members think; but i’m not a big fan. Don’t like referendum’s for the same reason. There were at least a couple of answers i felt compelled to choose as being the closest approximation to my view, but it still wasn’t really what i would have wanted to say.
    Just a couple of thoughts. I don’t mean to pour cold water at all on this exercise in input into caucus affairs. If we had none i would be complaining about that too. :)

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  4. Avatar of Jean G. Morin Jean G. Morin said on

    I believe that the prime issue of canadians is that we are not competitive in the global market. Masters at home resolves all issues. The individuals in whom we have placed our trust have outsourced, under educated, sold our resources, degraded our standards in all things canadian made while ensuring their own security and wealth. This is a corporate matter as well as a political entity. This is the fault of every canadian that has permitted it to exist and continue regardless of demographic and or political affiliation.

    We have not dug deep enough to find our leaders. We have not applied the most demanding of criteria for their inclusion as our representitives. We have not spoken out loud enough when they have deceived us.

    This is my summary for your survey, thank you

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  5. Avatar of Wolfgang Braun Wolfgang Braun said on

    The questions are designed to validate a direction that seems to already be in place. I’d like to know the PURPOSE of the LPC and the PRINCIPLES that it stands for. Please don’t give me the PURPOSE that already exists in the LPC Constitution… it’s bogus.

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  6. Avatar of Titania Truesdale Titania Truesdale said on

    Per some of the above comments and based on the newest survey…
    You say you want feedback, well here goes. Like all surveys, these questions reduce a complex issue down to a few vague points, often resulting in having to put forth a ‘yes or no’ position on an issue that is yes in certain conditions and no in others, or could be taken differently from the responders interpretation of the questions. The reason I have always considered myself a Liberal is just the opposite of ‘yes/no’ I am usually more considered/complex in my interpretation of issues. I am in no way indecisive, I am quite concious of many perspectives on the same issue that have to be weighed to come to a considered opinion…things are rarely black and white, that is just seeing life with blinders.
    If the Liberal party is serious in it’s reteric, then all future surveys should allow for minimally a 200 character comment if the respondent wishes to elaborate. It is only this way that the party will find out what it’s members really feel, verses, just getting a bunch of statistical numbers to endorse back room politics…yes I am still a little …distrustful.

    Regarding the most recent survey…my (quick and not too considered) responses. In spite of the statement above, I answered as quickly as possible and admit I have not read all the facts regarding the sale in question of a giant of the energy sector so responses are from…well my gut!

    Your quetions with my response – clarified.

    1- Should oil and gas industries be treated as any other good in a foreign acquisition?

    No – From a sale perspective, an ‘Industry’ is not a product. Industry has livelihood, community and pensions involved in it. These are not simple commodities.

    2- Should the openness of the market in the purchasing company’s country be a criterion in evaluating a foreign acquisition transaction?
    Yes – Market forces are traditionally the reason for any sale, but we should always try to engage in business transactions with democratic/capitalists market forces (note what comes first?), not to assist or fortify other political forces, so as to maintain military or dictatorial control over their people.

    3- Should state-owned enterprises be treated differently when purchasing a Canadian company?
    Yes – See response above.

    4- Should a percentage of the Board of directors and senior executives be Canadians?

    No – if it is a sale, it’s a sale. Trying to control it after sale is not viable. However if it is an ‘investment’, or merger, of a large natural resouce industry with an external partner, then the controlling interest should remain ‘Canadian’.

    5- Should there be a minimum threshold of Canadian ownership in certain companies or industries?
    Yes – Duh! um sorry, thats just my nationalism/federalism/patriotism coming through…but I feel strongly about losing control over our natural resouces…they are a big part of our cultural identity (as much if not more than our politics/religions/languages are) and should be held in the interest of Canadians.

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  7. Avatar of Jean G. Morin Jean G. Morin said on

    I can stand with Titania. These are strong positions that promote CDNs and our way of life. While there is an inherent danger in being a nationalistic in a world going global I believe we are willing to take the hit for the future of our great great children.

    I am interested in the Liberal view of education and research. I prefer more stringent crtieria (standards) for advancement as a student beginning at the elementary level through post studies. I believe in loan forgiveness for the acedemic athelete. I believe in the funding of research in all aspects. Priority based on result and application.

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  8. Avatar of Jean G. Morin Jean G. Morin said on

    Bringing foreign workers to B.C. mines

    Outsourcing tens of thousands of jobs isn’t enough now our corporate leadership feel the need to bring workers to Canada to take our jobs. Why? To operate new equipment too complicated for the Canadian intelligence. Training isn’t an option?

    While we are at it would this equipment happen to impact the current numbers of Canadian workers removing jobs from the corporate roster?

    What is the environmental impact of this equipment. Would it happen to be greener than the current alternative?

    What is the ratio of Canadian ownership of this company? Is this a case of foreign influence on our economy, on our children’s future? Or are the corporate leaders selling us down the river once again?

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  9. Avatar of Jean G. Morin Jean G. Morin said on

    Bring foreign workers to B.C. mines

    Outsourcing tens of thousands of jobs isn’t enough now our corporate leadership feel the need to bring workers to Canada to take our jobs. Why? To operate new equipment too complicated for the Canadian intelligence.

    While we are at it would this equipment happen to impact the current numbers of Canadian workers removing jobs from the corporate roster?

    What is the environmental impact of this equipment. Would it happen to be greener that the current alternative?

    What is the ratio of Canadian ownership of this company? Is this a case of foreign influence on our economy, on our children’s future? Or is it merely the sale of OUR Canada by the Canadian elite?

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