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Our vision, our mission and our values

Posted by Maryanne Kampouris on December 18, 2012 | No Comments

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Thanks to the hard work of Liberal members over the past 18 months, the Liberal Party of Canada has taken an important step in its rebuilding process: the re-establishment of our foundation.

On November 16th, 2012, your National Board of Directors adopted our Party’s “Charter”, a document that defines our vision, mission, values, principles and priorities for the next few years.

Official unveiling of the statements at LPC’s headquarters in Ottawa

Click here to see the final product.

So now what? These statements are found on our web site for our members, supporters and for all Canadians to see.  They will form the basis of our activities and policies. When we ask new members and supporters if they “support the Liberal Party of Canada”, these are the statements we are asking them to support.

Our hope is that you will use these statements when engaging people in your community. We believe that this framework can assist you when carrying out policy related activities.  We encourage you to use them in your local events and when recruiting new members and supporters.  It is only through you that these statements will come alive.

Now that we are more open and inclusive and have a new solid foundation on which to rely, the next milestone is our 2013 LPC Leadership race.

Thank you for making this happen.

Maryanne Kampouris

National Policy Chair

PS. I just wanted to add two other little items. First, we’re working on promotional products using various lines from our new Charter so keep an eye on the Liberal University download page. The items should be ready in January 2013.

Second, you might want to read my last blog on this matter for information on the development of the statements. The LPC National Board of Directors is grateful to all those that submitted their views and ideas.

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  1. Avatar of Jarek Walter Jarek Walter said on

    It’s great to have clearly defined values, principles and priorities. Is there a plan to ensure that we are all guided and act accordingly to the values and principles? Are we planning to establish an ethics commissioner position for example? How are we going to enforce accountability principle at all levels?

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  2. Avatar of Gregg Guptill Gregg Guptill said on

    Hats off to Maryanne, the ‘Committee of Five’ and all Liberals that participated in the development, refinement and adoption of our new Charter!

    Personally, I think this is the most important document we have developed in the last, well, ‘long while’ … this Century for sure.

    The key to fully appreciating our Charter is to understand it is a 100% grassroots developed declaration. Never let it be said that there was any ‘top down’ push or controlling involvement.

    Now it is up to us to use our Charter when speaking with Canadians.

    A closing thought (suggestion): I would like to see the Charter formally ‘released’ to Canadians by way of a press conference. What better way to hold our heads high and take a bold, positive stance?

    Merry Christmas to all and best wishes for a great 2013.

    Gregg Guptill

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  3. Avatar of Wolfgang Braun Wolfgang Braun said on

    It’s better but you still do not understand the difference between PURPOSE and PRINCIPLES.

    Does this mean that the purpose statements in the LPC Charter will remain as is? If so, you will be limiting yourself when asking people to complete a new member application, given that there is a statement on the back of the application form that requires a new member to agree to said purposes. :-(

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    • Avatar of Peter Venton Peter Venton said on

      Wolfgang,

      Here is what I think/

      As a member of the Liberal Party I would take Maryanne Kampouris’ invitation to all members to use the Charter to “assist me in policy-related activities”. Note that, since the Charter’s principles have vague general terms, I am empowered to a) use words in the Charter and 2) interpret their meaning. For example I would recast the present wording in the Charter as follows:
      The purpose of a Liberal government is to enhance the well being of all Canadians by striking a fair balance between the economy and social justice.

      The background explanation for this rewording is as follows. There are two types of “well being” of Canadians: private and collective which means in Charter language the “common good”. Private well being elements includes economic standard of living as conventionally measured by disposable income and wealth of individuals. They could also include non monetary items such as leisure time, health, and interpersonal relations with friends and family etc.. By contrast, the “common good” is the desired outcome from the services that are traditionally provided by or through governments rather than by businesses operating in free markets. The common good includes elements such as social justice, environmental health, and protection of persons and property, preserving the Canadian identity in a global world. The key thing that differentiates a Liberal Government from a Conservative government has to do with “striking a fair balance between the economy and social justice”. What does this mean? The background to this is as follows. A major body of economic theory developed since the late 18th century concludes that a capitalist free market system will generate the most efficient production and distribution of goods and services in an economy – one which leads to the most prosperous economy possible as measured, for example by economic output per capital (i.e. Gross Domestic Product per capita). The term economy is short term for the extent to which goods and services in the economy are produced and consumed in free markets. “Facts and evidence from legitimate research and expertise” has concluded that free market capitalist systems tend to generate ever increasing inequality of income and wealth that leads to a loss of social cohesion, a decline in self esteem of the poor and middle classes and the related higher incidences of crime and health problems. In this context one of the roles of government is to control or regulate private markets so as to redistribute income and/or wealth from the well to do to the poor through the taxation expenditure system. In theory this will reduce GDP per capita for the economy but the reduction in income and wealth inequality would enhance social justice. Thus social justice would be increased at the expense of economy (GDP per capita) in order to a achieve a fair balance between social justice and the economy.

      As you have suggested in another blog Wolfgang there needs to be measurement in order to have proper accountability of a government to the Canadian public. Let me suggest a hypothetical example of a measure in the above context. In Canada the growth in inequality of income and wealth over the last 40 years has departed from the fair balance that was struck by the consensus among all political parties in the 1960s. Therefore a Liberal Government will make policy changes to the tax expenditure system to reverse the current inequality. The measure of changes in inequality will be measured by changes in the GINI coefficient .

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    • Avatar of Peter Venton Peter Venton said on

      Hi Wolfgang

      After some analysis I identified two broad purposes:

      1.Protection and enhancement of the lives of all Canadians.
      [What is missing is a generic list of what constitutes enhancement or improvements in "well being" that appears to be contemplated in this Charter's statement of principle. I have some ideas but they are too lengthy to insert here. ]

      2.Committed to democratic governance, the rule of law and federalism

      Then there are three Liberal “philosophies” which a Liberal government would apply for achieving the first purpose. These might be called principles of “social justice” as John Rawls might have defined them.

      1. Committed to providing a good and fair balance between the economy and social justice

      2. Provide equal opportunity for all persons

      3. Provide fair and equitable treatment for all

      If the word principle is defined as “a rule of conduct” for developing Liberal government pollicies some of the value statements could be considered principles. For example these would include

      Reason – making rational policy decisions based on facts and evidence from legitimate research

      Long term vision is important for sustainable scociety at home and abroad

      Taking action an all three factors of social economi and environmental is the responsible thing to do beacuase we recognize that all three are interconnected

      Responsive government that addresses the needs of Canadians

      Recognize the dignity of all individuals meaning that everyone has the right to be heard and represented in a democratic society. Also every individual should be respected.

      Responsible fiscal stewards

      Integrity – acting according to our values and principles when engaged in representing Canadians would be a genuine value statement.

      What do you think?

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      • Avatar of Wolfgang Braun Wolfgang Braun said on

        Good post Peter Venton. :-)

        What do I think?

        I think that you have identified that there is still no clear statement of Purpose for the Liberal Party of Canada. For sure there are elements of Purpose, with words like “protect”, “enhance” but they’re buried in Principles. Not where they belong. I believe that waters down what the Liberal Party stands for and is driven by. It’s still murky (to me) what the Party stands for and what separates it from other parties.

        All of this leaves me with the perception that the Purpose of the LPC is to use Values, Principles and Priorities to get elected. I don’t see any big idea.

        The textbook definition of purpose is: n. The object toward which one strives, or for which something exists. Without a purpose, what are you striving for? What are you resolved to accomplish? If you have no answer to these fundamental questions, your organization may be in for a real struggle.

        What else do I think?

        My perception is that the people running the LPC are possibly trying to fake Purpose. I can’t say that with certainty, but that can happen. Fortunately that doesn’t last. The thing about purpose is that it starts with the leaders, works its way through the organization, and finds its way to the electorate.

        The point is, if the LPC professes a desire to have a Purpose, what are
        they going to do to back it up? What are they going to do to make it
        real? Purpose is rooted in reality.

        I guess I’ve seen enough ‘faking’ by political parties over the last 44 years of voting that I’ve constantly got my antennae up. But, I’d feel a lot more confident that real change was coming for “all” Canadians if I saw one simple sentence that begins with “The Purpose of the Liberal Party of Canada is….. ” And that sentence needs to be real short. And it shouldn’t be buried within Principles.

        What do you think Peter?

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    • Avatar of Gregg Guptill Gregg Guptill said on

      Our ‘purpose’ is encompassed in the ‘mission statement.’

      If our membership -or- supporter application(s) need to be changed, so be it.

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      • Avatar of Wolfgang Braun Wolfgang Braun said on

        >>>>Our ‘purpose’ is encompassed in the ‘mission statement.’

        Can you point me to that please? What do you mean when you say encompassed in the mission statement? I’m used to seeing purpose as stand alone and not necessarily part of a mission statement.

        >>>If our membership -or- supporter application(s) need to be changed, so be it.

        The membership application states that you have to agree to the long list of puposes of the LPC, none of which focus on what the party stands for. They are simply about the party and not Canadians.

        When I signed up to be a supporter there was nothing about purpose. I signed up months ago. Have not received anything since then.

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      • Avatar of Maryanne Kampouris Maryanne Kampouris said on

        Good morning Gregg, I am pleased to say that no change is needed to the forms.

        Our Supporters are asked if they “support the Liberal Party”, and we ask our members to declare that they “..support Liberal philosophies and principles and agree to abide by the Constitutions of the Liberal Party of Canada” as well as the constitutions of their “local Provincial or Territorial Association.”

        Until now, the only written set of philosophies and principles were in our constitution. My experience is that each member has their personal idea of what the Party is about. The good news is that the ‘Charter’ is based on the existing constitution and reflects what our members and supporters told us about our Party during the 18 months of data that we used to craft, and then validate the document.

        Regards,

        Maryanne

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        • Avatar of Wolfgang Braun Wolfgang Braun said on

          Good morning Maryanne :-)

          I very much like the work that you and others have been involved with and are now rolling out to party members as well as all Canadians.

          I said in my earlier post that this is an improvement. These are big ideas…ideas that can make a meaningful difference for Canadians and the world. But, I don’t see them as separating the LPC as great from the ordinary. Sorry to sound like a “grinch” but my goal is to help make the LPC great. I think that can happen if the Party uses the right terminology and comes up with one singular Purpose, supported by the Principles you have developed.

          The application form for membership (form 200-141992)states states on the reverse (of the application) under “Qualification For Membership) section (b) “support the purposes of the Party;” Those purposes are in the Constitution. They read:

          (1) The fundamental purposes of the Party are:
          (a) to participate in the public affairs of Canada by endorsing members of the Party as candidates of the Party for election to the House of Commons and supporting their election;1
          (b) to advocate and support Liberal philosophies, principles and policies;
          (c) to promote membership in the Party;
          (d) to raise money to support the fundamental purposes of the Party;
          (e) to provide a forum for members of the Party to have their say and influence the policies and platform of the Party;
          (f) to coordinate the activities of supporters of the Party;
          (g) to ensure equitable representation of aboriginal peoples at all levels of the Party; and
          (h) to seek to achieve a common ground of understanding among the people of the different provinces and territories of Canada.

          In my many years of working with “excellent” organizations I have never encountered multiple purposes. They are always singular.

          Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, the authors of “Built to Last” describe numerous visionary organizations along with explanations for their success. The authors describe clearly what separates highly successful organizations from mediocre ones. The visionary organizations have a set of core values that are unchanging and a core purpose that fuels everything the organization does. As the authors put it: “Core Purpose is the organizations reason or being”. An effective purpose reflects the importance people attach to the organization’s work.

          The Liberal Party of Canada’s Purpose must get at the deeper reasons for its existence beyond just getting elected. I’m certain that most Canadians and in particular highly educated, young Canadians really do understand the differences in terminology.

          Canadians can understand, and probably agree, with ‘one’ singular purpose. I doubt very much if they will remember 8 purposes (as shown above), many of which only serve the Party and not all Canadians. I also feel that people will not remember all of your Vision, Values and Principles. BUT, they can and will carry the torch for one clear statement of PURPOSE.

          I feel that it’s easy to remember and agree on something along the lines of “The purpose of the LPC of Canada is to protect and enhance the lives of all Canadians”. Those two words “protect” and “enhance” can have strong meaning and can differentiate the LPC from other parties.

          There is one last comment and that has to do with “Measurement”. It’s a separate, but important topic. It’s still not clear from this announcement how the LPC will differentiate itself when it comes to measuring policies and processes that the Party (when elected will implement). I’m not just asking about transparency. I’m asking for some more details about your value statement about “facts and evidenced based”. How will Canadians participate, or not, in the facts and evidence, both before and after?

          Sorry to be so lengthy…. Best regards for the holiday season….. Wolf

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  4. Avatar of Davit Karapetyan Davit Karapetyan said on

    Great news!
    Based on our traditional values…
    Reflective of the nowadays realities…

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  5. Avatar of Peter Skipper Peter Skipper said on

    Well done to all who participated in the creation of our Liberal ‘Charter’. It certainly reflects what attracted me to the Liberal Party of Canada just a year ago. The values reflect what we want to see in our daily behaviors – beliefs in action. I view the principles as reflecting our Party’s purpose…our mission and reason for existing. The vision of a prosperous, socially just, united and environmentally healthy Canada is one which most Canadians cherish and likely are willing to work towards and support. Of course the proof of the pudding will be in the details of policies that reflect such beliefs and intentions – our actions. Our first important act after this Charter is to elect a leader who will personify and implement it.

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    • Avatar of Gregg Guptill Gregg Guptill said on

      Peter,

      When you say, ” Our first important act after this Charter is to elect a leader who will personify and implement it,” are you suggesting that we should hear what each of the leadership candidates:

      1. Has to say on our Charter and how they plan to support and promote it?

      2. Suggests / recommends as an effective strategy for Charter implementation?

      3. Will do, going forward, to lead the party such that we truly use the Charter as our foundation?

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      • Avatar of Peter Skipper Peter Skipper said on

        Yes. Perhaps via some format or forum, could be one of the debates, I would like to see the leadership candidates connect how their leadership would do precisely that. In this way they could align how their intentions and actions would fulfill our party charter.

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        • Avatar of Gregg Guptill Gregg Guptill said on

          Peter,

          You have a GREAT idea … “could be one of the debates.”

          Perfect concept.

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  6. Avatar of Sylvia Ray Sylvia Ray said on

    Maryanne,

    Thanks you for all your hard work. I was so excited to get the newsletter from Mike, and right away clicked on the link to see what was our foundation as he put it. I can’t read it. The text is so small, and it can’t be increased. I have tried to get it zoomed, and nothing works. I am getting older and my eyesight isn’t what it used to be, but this is just way too small. Can you suggest anything?
    Thanks,
    Sylvia

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    • Avatar of Maryanne Kampouris Maryanne Kampouris said on

      Hi Sylvia,

      I am pleased that were excited.. I hope you like the content.

      There is a link to the document in the blog. If you go to my note and find the sentence “Click here to see the final product”. then click on the red ‘here’. You can then view the text in whatever size is easiest for you to read by useing the ” + ” button.

      Best Regards

      Maryanne

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    • Avatar of Peter Skipper Peter Skipper said on

      Sylvia,
      I make it larger by clicking directly on the charter outline or text. It should enlarge immediately and you can even make it larger by using the toggles that appear on the bottom of the screen.
      Best wishes,
      Peter

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  7. Avatar of Richard Richard said on

    Maryanne, I know you and your committee, have spent many long hours getting the ‘right’ words into this document.
    Being, it be being Christmas time, my wish would be, that the Liberal membership, would embrace these statements and go forth, and spread the word, on high. ;-))
    With that in mind, is it possible, to post a more “printable” “edited” version, for reproduction, that can be distribution to the masses.
    Suggestions, on how best to get mileage out of it at the grassroots level.

    Best of the seasons to you and yours. wishing you a health and safe 2013.

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    • Avatar of André Brisebois André Brisebois said on

      Hi Rick,

      What a coincidence – we have the same wish! As for a more print friendly version, we’re working on various promo products that I think might be what you’re looking for.

      We’ll be using one-liners from the statements and putting them in posters and post cards, etc. These should be ready after the Holidays, some time in January. Keep an eye on http://liberaluniversity.liberal.ca/forms-and-documents/ because that’s where they will be posted.

      I’ll let Maryanne address your question on ways to get mileage…

      Cheers!

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  8. Avatar of Richard Richard said on

    thanks Andre, Best to you and yours, this festive season.

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  9. Avatar of Sheila Gervais Sheila Gervais said on

    This is very important real work of the Party. Kudos all round to the members on up to the National Board who for such a collaborative and collegial effort – and for such a satisfactory and well, comfortable result.

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  10. Avatar of Carmine A Lemma Carmine A Lemma said on

    Although I recognize the adopted “Charter” as a good moral guide for the Party, I find it lacking on a key point. There are injustices in our society that require our address. I would assert that reforms for remediation should not simply result in replacing one type of injustice with a new type of injustice. I would think this point an important consideration in aspiring to a just society and thought that this consideration be explicitly stated in our “Charter.”

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    • Avatar of Maryanne Kampouris Maryanne Kampouris said on

      Hello Carmine,

      Thank you for your comment, I believe we have addressed your issue:

      Our Charter requres that we act ethically ‘according to our beliefs’. One of our beliefs is that “every person has the right to be heard and represented in a democratic society”. We therefore “work with Canadians to provide equal opportunity and security of the common good to all citizens.”

      In short, when we work for justice it is understood that we will work to eradicate injustice.

      Best Regards for the Season.

      Maryanne

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  11. Avatar of Carmine A Lemma Carmine A Lemma said on

    Hello Peter,

    On the subject of candidates, I am impressed by Justin Trudeau’s decision to attend an Islamic Conference this Saturday past. It is the type of leadership in a candidate that I had hoped for. Rather than simply stating what he would be like as a leader, Justin is showing us by outwardly rebuilding bridges with Muslim Canadians and helping to repair the divisiveness in this country created by the Conservative way of doing business. Also, in taking this moral high ground, he is showing us how to turn an attack campaign on its head without the need for ads that simply attempt to refute them.

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    • Avatar of Peter Skipper Peter Skipper said on

      Carmine,
      I am very pleased there are reflective people out there like you who take the time to thoughtfully perceive matters to base your decisions on some tangible evidence. I think successful leaders create a vision of a future that followers are willing to construct. Justin did separate himself from the Liberal leadership pack in his decision to speak to that Islamic Conference. I would term that “bold”. Big things are created from small things and these types of appearances and actions will decide leadership matters in April.

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  12. Avatar of Linda Belanger Linda Belanger said on

    Nice statement but means nothing if not backed up by action. Where is the 100% support backed up with action for Idle No More?

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  13. Avatar of Peter Venton Peter Venton said on

    Hi Wolfgang,

    I had another thought. Note that the Charter statements are about the purpose principles and values of a (hypothetical at this point) Liberal Government. The wording of the first principle starts with
    A federal Liberal Government – not a Liberal Party. It is not about the Liberal Party of Canada.

    The purpose and principles of the Liberal Party of Canada are quite different from the purpose of a Liberal government. The purpose of the Liberal Party of Canada is to get some of its members elected to form the governing party in the House of Commons. To that end there are a series of “instrumental activities” that are incorrectly listed in the constitution as “purposes”. These include endorsing members of the Party as candidates for election, coordinating the activities of supporters of the Party, promoting membership in the party etc.. Techically all of these could be described as intermediate purposes (as opposed to the ultimate purpose). These intermediate purposes (or instrumental activities) need to be coordinated to achieve the ultimate purpose of getting elected as the governing party. Advocating and supporting Liberal philosophies to the general public whether members or non members of the party is clearly an instrumental activity for getting Liberals elected to a majority in the House.

    The Charter represents a new focus or a shift of focus from the Party to the Government and that is why I suspect many are enthusiastic about it.

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    • Avatar of Wolfgang Braun Wolfgang Braun said on

      Thank you for both of your posts of yesterday Peter Venton. Both resonate strongly.

      Agreement needs to be reached about the PURPOSE of the Liberal Party of Canada and the PURPOSE of Government – if support for the LPC is to make real progress.

      I’ve no doubt that the Purpose relates to the loss of democratic control over our governments – which have become preoccupied with imposing POLICY agendas rather than with upholding fundamental PRINCIPLES.

      What is more, if the serious failings of government institutions were to be fixed .. then the problems with unequal societies that we have now would inevitably be brought under control.

      Focusing on Bay Street and Wall Street without looking at the deeper failures in government that allowed financial institutions to go so badly wrong would be a mistake, because it would not fix the underlying problems.

      The preoccupation of those in government with imposing partisan policy agendas has led to the most vital institutions of government to act in ways that are in direct opposition to the fundamental Purpose Of government…

      …That fundamental purpose OF government relates to PRINCIPLES rather than POLICIES…

      … and the core purpose of government is connected very directly with upholding the Principle of Fundamental Justice.

      That principle dictates that no person or institution will act in any way that violates the fundamental rights and just interests of ‘ANY’ other person.

      That is, the core Purpose of government is to uphold the principles of fundamental justice – equally and for every single citizen.

      Maryanne wrote in her post script: ” First, we’re working on promotional products using various lines from our new Charter so keep an eye on the Liberal University download page. The items should be ready in January 2013.” She also wrote at the top of the blog: ” the National Board of Directors adopted our Party’s “Charter”, a document that defines our vision, mission, values, principles and priorities for the next few years.”

      This suggests to me that the reality of what the Party strives for is simply to be elected. Great organizations hardly ever use Purpose, Principles, Values in their advertising and promotion. Nor do they ever put a time limit “of the next few years” into their Purpose as a party. I shudder at the thought of a government that has as its Purpose for “the next few years”. That makes no sense to me at all. Great organizations that have been great for decades, even a century, live and breath PURPOSE. They don’t put a time limit on purpose. Why does the LPC say “for the next few years”? Makes no sense.

      I will end my reply to you with 2 thoughts that have had an impact on myself.

      The first is from Viktor Frankl, in his book “Man’s Search for Meaning”. Frankl wrote: ” What man actually needs is not a tensionless state, but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”

      The second one is from Helen Keller. She said ” Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

      Lastly, I still believe that the LPC has an opportunity to get Purpose right. I’m hopeful that at least one candidate for the Leadership position will get it. I can only hope.

      Good sharing thoughts with you Peter Venton. All the best for you and yours in 2013. And all the best for the Liberal Party of Canada.

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  14. Avatar of Peter Venton Peter Venton said on

    Hi Wolfgang and Joyce

    Ishould have read the Charter mission and vision statements more carefully earlier. On rereading them last evening I recalled my work in the literature of strategic planning in business and non profit organizations about 12 years ago. A mission statement is defined as a statement of (1) what the organization does (In Peter Drucker’s terms what “business the organization is in”) and (2) the purpose of the organization’s business. The vision statement in the Charter appears to be the purpose part of the mission statement of a Liberal Government (as opposed to the Liberal Party). I note that Joyce Murray picked up the idea that the Charter’s vision statement was a statement of purpose in her recent comment to you.

    To the purpose I would add a generic statement of what governments do in order to get a complete Mission statement. For example it could read as follows:

    “The mission of a Liberal Government is to support and coordinate the roles of the free markets, of businesses and industries, and of families and individuals to achieve a prosperous, socially just, united and environmentally healthy Canada for all Canadians.

    Note that the Charter’s mission statement is really a vision statement for the Liberal Party. Vision statements for organizations are about a goal that the organization plans to or wishes to achieve by a specified time in the future. So the vision statement of the Liberal Party (as distinct from the Liberal Government) could be “to represent Canadians in Parliament following the next general election in 2015 and to have Liberal values and principles in this Charter emboddied in our governance.

    The first statements of principles in the Charter are not statements of principle. Rather they add the term “protection of Canadians” to the the list of purposes. The Charter’s principle of “enhancing the lives of all Canadians” represents a broader definitiion of purpose. Presumably it would include a prosperous, socially just, environmentally heatlhy and united Canada for all Canadians. But it might include more than these.

    The Charter statment of principle “committed to providing a good and fair balance between economy (read prosperity) and social justice suggests that there is a trade off betwwen prosperity and social justice – if you subsitute the word prosperity for the word economy. Im ny earlier comment I explained is some detail how a fair balance between economy (i.e., prosperity) and social justice might be determined quantitatively. I also argued that the Charter’s two values, “pursuit of equal opportunity” and “providing fair and equitable treatment of all” were elements of social justice which is a purpose.

    Principles are defined as “rules of conduct” (for how a Liberal government would develop policies to serve the purposes listed in its mission statement. These rules would include some of the value statements in the Charter as follows:

    Be responsible fiscal stewards when introducing policies
    Take a long term view when making policy decisions
    Consider social, economic and environmental factors together when developing policy because we recognize that they are interconnecte
    Make rational policy decisions based on facts and evidence from sources of legitiamte research and expertise
    Be responsive to needs of Canadians

    Values would include
    Integrity in acting according to the Charters principles and values, Dignity and respect for every individual
    Celebration of diversity which appears as code for anti discrimnatory views about different groups.

    I’m having trouble understanding some of the remaining value statements. Note that, in the 1990s, it was fashionable for businesses to add statements of values to their mission and vision statements as part of their strategic planning process. In some cases these appeared to be intended as branding. In other they appeared to motivate employee loayalty to the organization.

    All of this represents my struggle to fit the Charter statements into a structure found in the academic literature on strategic planning and my own experience in leading a strategic planning exercise for a non profit corporation.

    Does this help?

    PS
    Just as you should never judge a book by its cover you should never judge an organization by its mission statement. The terms in the Charter need to be defined in greater detail to provide context and to make them detailed to the point that they are capable of being measured either quantitatively or qualitatively. Without measurment there can be little real accountablity. But that’s another story.

    Best regards

    Peter Venton

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    • Avatar of Wolfgang Braun Wolfgang Braun said on

      Once again Peter thank you for your thoughtfulness. There’s a lot to digest in your reply and I’m not going to try and address all given my family commitments today and tomorrow.

      I’m not keen on your term ‘social justice’ only because the term has come to be taken as an invitation to use the term as an excuse to impose social policies that suit the users inclinations, rather than those that are driven by a commitment to ‘justice’ per se. I’m always cautious about any use of adjectives which modify ‘justice’, whether it’s ‘social justice’ or anything else of the sort.

      For me justice is justice and when it’s modified if often advocates something other than justice.

      I’m not certain if you agree with me or not that the document produced by @MKampouris and her team should stand as is or be made clearer. It would be beneficial if the members of the National Policy group, or elected Liberals, besides Joyce Murray, were to participate in this discussion.

      As you can probably tell, I’d prefer to focus, first, on purpose and principles at the level of Government, rather than at the level of Parties. “We the people” can and should demand a clear, concise and agreed upon Purpose and Principles at the government level.

      Nonetheless, it’s important for Parties to get it right and be in synch. If we were to do that at a national level, I suspect that we’d agree that government institutions must act to uphold actual justice and prevent unjust distributions from happening, and must preclude officials having the power to decide who got too much and who got too little – and doing the redistribution on their own terms.

      Anyway, those are some more thoughts for today. Cheers … Wolf

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  15. Avatar of Peter Skipper Peter Skipper said on

    Lots of thoughtful discussion here that represents the thinking of passionate people who certainly have preferences for what they would like to see happen. These ideas go into a melting pot of cognition and emotion and hopefully we come up with something like the new Liberal Party Charter. These big ideas will either attract or repel certain voters but to resonate above the noise and chatter of everyday life and political antagonists they will require an articulate, able and personable spokesperson for the Liberal Party. I am in admiration of those candidates who have thrown their hat into the ring for this privilege and responsibility to serve in this way.

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  16. Avatar of Richard Richard said on

    @MaryanneKampouris
    Maryanne, Did we get a link to a more printable version of V&P?

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  17. Avatar of Wolfgang Braun Wolfgang Braun said on

    Hi Joyce,

    I agree we did have a good chat. :-)

    When I asked you what you believed the purpose of government was you gave a very clear reply. I said to you that you were the first politician that’s been able to give a concise answer to my question. I also said that I have yet to ever get a reply to my question from any politician at any level of government. You were the first to be able to articulate such purpose. You were also the only candidate / politician that’s ever bothered to call me. Thank you for that.

    Visionary organizations have a set of core values that are unchanging and a core purpose that fuels everything the organization does. Core PURPOSE is an organization’s fundamental reason for being. A singular powerful purpose statement can propel the LPC and separate it from other parties thus ensuring greater success… to your words “it just needs the addition of some words to capture the concept… for future generations”.
    In other words, purpose statements almost never had a time limit on them.

    It’s my belief that the LPC needs a powerful singular purpose statement. that’s easily understood and can be clearly articulated.

    Cheers Joyce…. much success and good health in the New Year. …. Wolf

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  18. Avatar of Peter Skipper Peter Skipper said on

    Thank you Ms. Murray for your thoughtful and encouraging comments. I appreciate your efforts in joining this or other forums so the membership has another venue in which to get to know the candidates and their ideas. I hope the other candidates will respect and acknowledge the party membership this way as well by sharing their views on various topical items.

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