Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff kicked off the Liberal Party’s 2011 election campaign with a promise to strengthen equal opportunity and renew Canadian democracy after five years of Harper.
“Stephen Harper is out of touch with the priorities of Canadian families, and he’s led a government whose record of waste, contempt and abuse of power has gone out of control,” said Mr. Ignatieff. “It’s time for a change. It’s time to put equal opportunity back at the centre of Canadian life.”
Over the next 36 days, Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal team will be reaching out to middle-class families across the country who have been ignored after five years of Stephen Harper.
“This election is about choosing the kind of Canada we want to be,” said Mr. Ignatieff. “A Conservative vote means $6 billion for more tax breaks for the largest corporations, $13 billion to build U.S.-style mega-prisons, and $30 billion to buy stealth fighter jets – all of it with borrowed money on Harper’s record deficit.
“A vote for a Liberal government is a vote for your family’s priorities: child care spaces for your kids; help with the rising costs of college and university; a Family Care Plan that helps you care for loved ones at home; stronger public health care; stronger public pensions; Canadian leadership on the world stage; and equal opportunity for every Canadian family.”
Mr. Ignatieff stressed that this election isn’t just an exercise in democracy; it will be about democracy itself.
“Stephen Harper thinks the rules don’t apply to him,” said Mr. Ignatieff. “For five years, Stephen Harper has abused his power and attacked our democracy. He attacked our independent watchdogs, he shut down Parliament when it suited him, and brought in a budget that hid the costs of his real spending priorities – he even renamed the Government of Canada after himself.
“I want to lead a government that respects Canadians, respects democracy, and earns the respect of the world,” said Mr. Ignatieff. “We can strengthen families – without raising your taxes – if we stop corporate give-aways, control wasteful spending, and focus on what really matters: giving every Canadian the tools to succeed in the years ahead.”