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Open letter to Quebecers from Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff

Open letter to Quebecers from Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff

Posted on April 27, 2011

The following letter was published in newspapers throughout Quebec today:

Dear Quebecers,

On May 2, you have an important choice to make.

During this campaign, and for more than two years, I have travelled across Quebec and met Quebecers in every region who are proud of their culture and identity and concerned about their children’s future. The vast majority of Quebecers want to get rid of the Stephen Harper regime. This government does not represent them, nor does it share their values or priorities.

By its own admission, the Bloc does not seek to govern. The NDP, meanwhile, has neither the team nor the experience to govern. Mr. Duceppe and Mr. Layton cannot become Prime Minister; they can only oppose Mr. Harper. That is not good enough. The time has come to replace him.

Since the beginning of this election, Liberals have offered an ambitious and detailed program focused on your family’s priorities: funding to help Quebec create more child care spaces, a Learning Passport that will give every young person $4,000 to help pay for post-secondary education, stronger public pensions, and real help for families caring for their sick loved ones at home.

I am committed to forming a government that respects Quebec’s culture and identity; a government that will support Quebec’s artists and promote its culture abroad; a government that cares about young people, gender equality, and the environment.

A government that will make you proud on the world stage.

I will lead a government that practices the federalism of respect. Our plan to support families does not infringe on provincial jurisdiction. We will work with Quebec on the issues that matter to you.

Quebec is part of who I am – and who we are as a country. Canada is at its best when Quebecers help shape our common future. Now is the time for us to come together and build a society that reflects our best hopes for Canada.

Together, we can change things.

Michael Ignatieff
Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada