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Over 1,200 comments were made by Registered Liberals in our open online policy discussion forum in recent months. And now, after nearly 6,000 registered Liberals participated in our national online prioritization vote, here are the 30 grassroots policy resolutions that are being debated and prioritized at the 2018 Liberal National Convention in Halifax.

Online policy priority voting is now open – make your voice heard by helping to decide which 20 of the 30 policy resolutions below will advance to the policy plenary session tomorrow morning (Saturday).

Thanks for your ideas and engagement!

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Affordable Housing

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta)

WHEREAS: residents in Canada have the right to affordable housing, regardless of ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or disability; students, women, and Indigenous people face particular challenges in finding clean, safe and affordable housing; there is an acute shortage of affordable public and non-market housing for those of lower income; those […] More

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Address the Opioid Crisis through a Public Health Approach

Moved by National Caucus

WHEREAS: almost 3,000 Canadians died from opioid-related causes in 2016, and it is estimated that the number will surpass 3,000 in 2017; our Liberal government has restored harm reduction as a key pillar of Canada’s drug strategy, saved lives by passing Bill C-37 and facilitating the approval of more supervised consumption sites, and regulated cannabis […] More

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Employee Pension Protection Strategy

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario)

WHEREAS: some employers have failed to fulfill their commitment to Employee Pension Plans, depriving employees of future retirement income in addition to the loss of part or all their current contributions; private pensions should be the responsibility of the commercial enterprises making the commitment, not the taxpayer; the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy […] More

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Inclusion of Mental Health Services in Medicare and the Canada Health Act

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Nova Scotia)

WHEREAS: poor mental health places a burden on all Canadians, particularly those living in poverty and/or working in positions with no provision of health care insurance; one in five Canadians experiences a mental health problem; accessible fully funded mental health programs and services have been advocated by many for years; examples of effective community based […] More

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Implementing Universal Access to Necessary Medicines

Moved by National Caucus, LPC(BC), LPC(O)

WHEREAS: the United Nations and the World Health Organization have declared that all nations should ensure universal access to necessary medicines and Canada does not; drug coverage is a fundamental component of receiving proper medical treatment and individuals should have access regardless of financial ability; Canada’s public and private drug plans leave many patients with […] More

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Implementation of a Guaranteed Minimum Income Model

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec)

WHEREAS: almost 5 million Canadians live in poverty; the gap between the highest and lowest incomes continues to grow with each passing year; some economists believe that maintaining growth in industrialized countries requires a narrowing of this gap to stimulate household consumption; technological advances, and in particular advances in artificial intelligence, will lead to the […] More

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End Taxation on Menstrual Products

Moved by Young Liberals of Canada

WHEREAS:     Menstrual products are essential for person’s wellbeing and a monetary burden should not infringe on their self-autonomy or hinder their ability to buy vital products; People should not face gender-based discrimination from a government; Revenue for the government has increased despite suppliers being eligible for NAFTA’s tariff-free status because companies from the US choose […] More

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Decriminalization of Consensual Sex Work and Sex Trade

Moved by Young Liberals of Canada

WHEREAS: the current Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which prohibits the purchasing of sex, does little to protect sex workers and instead pushes them to work underground and in dangerous conditions; the current prohibition of buying consensual sex work does not address the underlying issues that make sex work dangerous, but rather creates […] More

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A Seniors’ Ministry

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta)

WHEREAS: Canadian society is aging rapidly and seniors make up almost 16% of our population; this number is expected to grow to 24% by 2030; this trend will have a profound impact on our health care system, social services, and the economy; seniors are a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of capabilities, […] More

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Reclaiming and Sustaining Canada’s Healthcare

Moved by Senior Liberals' Commission, LPC(BC)

WHEREAS: in 2014, over 4 million Canadians had no family doctor; waitlists for specialists and surgical procedures are among the highest they have ever been, with significant regional disparities, including for rural areas and indigenous peoples; in 2017, the International Commonwealth Fund ranked Canada’s health care ninth among eleven high-income countries; the Federal Government commissioned […] More

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Endorsing the United Nations Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Moved by National Women's Liberal Commission

WHEREAS: under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1970), Canada has a solemn obligation, under international law, to press for worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons; for the past 20 years, nuclear weapons have been the only weapons of mass destruction not yet banned by international agreement (cf. Biological Weapons Convention, […] More

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Tax Recovery from Offshore Havens

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (British Columbia)

WHEREAS: the sponsors of this resolution consulted academics from Laval and York Universities, investigative journalists, taxpayers’ advocates, a wide variety of research publications; and reviewed recommendations of the Standing Committee on Finance in the report The Canada Revenue Agency – Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion in preparation of this resolution; tax avoidance and tax evasion […] More

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Restorative Justice

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Saskatchewan)

WHEREAS: there is strong support for the principles, values and operational initiatives in developing services based on restorative justice approaches; a restorative justice approach should be the first priority in dealing with justice issues. Incarceration and social control mechanisms should be used only after restorative justice approaches are not successful, or not applicable; all justice […] More

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Indigenous Health Care Auditor and Indigenous Health Ombudsman

Moved by Indigenous Peoples' Commission

WHEREAS: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action 19 states: We call upon the federal government, in consultation with Indigenous peoples, to establish measurable goals to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, and to publish annual progress reports and assess long-term trends; Section 24.2 of the United […] More

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Modernize and Integrate Canada’s Energy Grid

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Manitoba)

WHEREAS: a modern integrated Canadian energy grid will enable greater energy efficiency, reliability and affordability for Canadians; the creation of a modern Canadian energy grid will be fundamental to supporting Canada’s future clean energy based economy, while also creating immediate jobs needed to complete power-line connections and computerized system upgrades; the International Energy Agency has […] More

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Environmental Sustainability

Moved by Senior Liberals' Commission

WHEREAS: senior Registered Liberals across Canada identified through the 2017 SLC Policy Questionnaire the need for “government leadership in addressing all aspects of environmental sustainability, including air, water, and land, not just climate change and not just mitigation” as a priority issue for consideration during the next federal election campaign; the federal government has prioritized […] More

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Canadian Oil & Gas Independence

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta)

WHEREAS: the oil and gas sector is a key industry for Canada and an integral part of national economic growth and job creation; interprovincial pipeline construction presents an opportunity for nation-building and Canadian infrastructure development; Canada imported roughly 759,000 barrels and 736,000 barrels of oil per day, in 2016 and 2015 respectively, despite Canada having […] More

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Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights

Moved by National Women's Liberal Commission

WHEREAS: on June 16, 2010, all Liberal Members of Parliament present in the House of Commons voted in favor of Bill C-469 (40-3), an Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights, to “safeguard the right of present and future generations of Canadians to a healthy and ecologically balanced environment”; in a 2015 report, […] More

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Renewable Energy Tax Credit

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Manitoba)

WHEREAS: the 30% Investment Tax Credit for solar and other renewable technologies and 2.3 cent per kilowatt hour Production Tax Credit for wind power in consort with state incentives have spurred a 300 % increase in wind power and 123% increase in the solar industry over the past decade; California solar employers overwhelmingly cite the […] More

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Protecting Freshwater Resources – Export and Marketing

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec)

WHEREAS: water is an essential resource for the lives of Canadians; Canada has more than 7% of the world’s renewable water; no federal program outlines export and marketing regulation; the conservation of the’ natural water’ resource is enshrined in the Canada Water Resources Act, but the export and marketing of freshwater remains a gap in […] More

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National Three-Oceans Policy for Security, Environmental Protection and Development

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Nova Scotia)

WHEREAS: Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world, fronting on three oceans, and four great lakes; Canada needs to reaffirm its position as a leading state in sustainable oceanic research, and development; Canada’s capacity for oceanic and Arctic scientific research has been diminished by a failure to renew our oceanographic research […] More

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Post-Secondary Funding and Economic Development

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador)

WHEREAS: an educated labour force is critical for economic development, developing new industries, and creating jobs; many rural regions of Canada face a shortage of educated labourers in necessary sectors; diversification of industries and sources of employment is important for sustainable economic growth, particularly in rural regions; such diverse industries and sources of employment require […] More

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Post-Secondary Education and Labour Market Partnership

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Nova Scotia)

WHEREAS: the federal government has access to data pertaining to labour market trends; the government has undertaken an Atlantic Growth Strategy dedicated to building a vibrant economic future for Atlantic Canada; the successful implementation of this strategy will result in youth retention, job growth, and attraction to Atlantic Canada.   BE IT RESOLVED the Liberal Party […] More

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Leave to Study Program

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario)

WHEREAS: the Government of Canada continues to invest in and helps Canadians gain the skills, abilities, and experience needed to find and maintain good employment; the skills needed in our Canadian labour market continue to change and require advancement in literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills; there should be opportunities for workers to pursue further […] More

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Infrastructure and Connecting Canadians via a Fixed Link

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador)

WHEREAS: the Island of Newfoundland depends on ferry service for access to goods and services and travel for visitors to or from the Island; weather and ice can lead and has led to significant delays; mechanical problems with aging ferry fleets can lead and has led to significant delay; such delays cause expensive disruptions to […] More

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The Need for Stable, Quality Jobs – The Key to a Stronger Middle Class

Moved by Senior Liberals' Commission

 WHEREAS: Senior Registered Liberals across Canada identified the need for “stronger government efforts to create stable, quality jobs for all Canadians, with an emphasis on creating real opportunities for the younger generations” as a priority issue ; Statistics Canada estimates that the Canadian economy has lost 7% of its mid-skilled jobs during the past 10 […] More

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Supporting Innovations for Local Food Production

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador)

WHEREAS: many parts of Canada, especially rural and remote areas, are heavily dependent on food imports; processed foods have longer shelf lives and are easier to transport, and are connected to rising rates of obesity and rates of obesity-related illnesses; local production of food enhances reliable access to foodstuffs, reduces transportation costs and greenhouse gas […] More

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Remote Tele-communication infrastructure development for Northern, Remote, Rural Indigenous & Non-indigenous Communities

Moved by Indigenous Peoples' Commission

WHEREAS: the internet offers huge opportunities for Indigenous peoples to participate in the world economy through telecommunications, and online marketing; the internet can also be used by Indigenous peoples to strengthen their communities; Food insecurity is a serious problem in northern and remote Indigenous communities across the territory shared with Canada and there exists a […] More

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Transport Canada Flight and Duty Rules

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Yukon)

WHEREAS: management of health and welfare of Canadians living in the north and remote areas is complex; Transport Canada is pursuing changes to the Flight and Duty Rules that apply to many northern and remote air operators in Canada; analysis by the Northern Air Transport Association revealed many of the changes will have an adverse […] More

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Redressing Tax Avoidance

Moved by National Women's Liberal Commission

WHEREAS: Profit shifting tax avoidance schemes, such as the use of tax havens, result in: Erosion of the national tax base Increasing government deficits A concentration of wealth and power; Redressing tax avoidance involves resolving the problems of: o competition among countries for corporate investment o profit shifting to tax havens; According to the organization […] More

Key Dates

  • January 14, 2018
    Launch of online policy engagement platform
  • February 14, 2018
    Online policy comment period closes
  • March 4, 2018
    Online policy prioritization voting begins
  • March 18, 2018
    Online policy prioritization voting ends
  • March 26, 2018
    Publishing of voting results
  • April 19, 2018
    Convention begins!

Policy Development Process

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