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NOTE: These policy resolutions are listed in the order in which they were debated.

 

Minister of Equality (LGBTQ2+)

DGO-1 Alberta Young Liberals

 

WHEREAS the LGBTQ+ community is underrepresented politically in federal Canadian politics.

AND WHEREAS the Liberal Party of Canada has always been a forerunner in the equality movement regarding minorities.

AND WHEREAS the growing emphasis on sexual and gender identity is present and important in today’s society.

AND WHEREAS continued support and encouragement from the federal government of these minorities is valuable and needed.

AND WHEREAS youth engagement is at an all-time high resulting from continued pledges by various levels of government to enhance equality.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada establishes a Ministry or a Department of LGBTQ+ Relations.

Library and Archives Canada

DGO – 2 Calgary Confederation

WHEREAS the objects of the Library and Archives Canada are:

  1. to acquire and preserve the documentary heritage of Canada;
  2. to make such heritage known to and facilitate access to anyone with an interest to that heritage;
  3. to be the permanent repository for publications of the Government of Canada and of government and ministerial records that are historical or archival value;
  4. to facilitate the management of information by government institutions;
  5. to coordinate the library services of government institutions; and
  6. to support the development of library and archival communities;

AND WHEREAS cuts to the budget of the Library and Archives Canada resulting in 200 job losses, elimination of the historical acquisitions budget, and suspension of the interlibrary loan program which resulted in delays of up to nine months for information requests and the loss of opportunity to purchase Canadian historical artefacts that may not be recoverable;

AND WHEREAS over the past ten years Federal Libraries were closed, records were lost or destroyed, and digitization of certain studies and books could not be completed due to lack of staff and financial resources;

AND WHEREAS cuts to the Canadian Council of Archives put the future of our documentary heritage in jeopardy;

BE IT RESOLVED that Government Research and Records be declared to belong to the Canadian people and afforded access in a timely and appropriate manner;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a non-partisan expert board of directors oversee the handling of government records and research with specific responsibilities for:

  1. Digitization of any records that are in libraries that may need to be closed
  2. Oversight of any destruction of Library material by Senior Scientific Staff
  3. Adequate funding allotted for historical acquisitions
  4. Adequate funding for the Objects of the Library and Archives Canada
  5. Adequate funding for the Canadian Council of Archives
  6. Developing and overseeing Penalties for unauthorized destruction of records
  7. Adequate funding for digitization
  8. Non-partisan board of directors with experience in archiving

Drugs and Addiction as a Healthcare Issue

HEA – 1 Edmonton Centre

WHEREAS drug use and abuse has far reaching implications on society;

WHEREAS the traditional societal response to misuse of drugs has been traditionally addressed through justice and criminal enforcement measures;

WHEREAS emerging evidence points to the need to take a wider approach that considers not only current laws and societal attitudes, but also the impacts such laws and attitudes have had and continue to have on the most vulnerable members of society1;

WHEREAS substance abuse has been shown to be a significant drain on Canada’s economy through its direct impact on the healthcare and criminal justice systems2;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government undertake a broad policy framework that underpins the need for appropriate regulation of access to recreational and prescription drugs reflective of current evidence and research, increased access to treatment and rehabilitation, reformed criminal justice responses that enshrine treatment and rehabilitation as an operating principle,

and clear differentiation between responsibilities at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of government relative to the impacts of drug use on society;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government include in said policy framework the legalization of marijuana, harm-reduction programs that provide non-judgmental portals to treatment, healthcare spending that addresses underlying issues that contribute to addiction and criminalization, and reforms in prison healthcare that mitigates the role-conflict between security and inmate health.

1                  Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. (2012). Changing the Frame: A New Approach to Drug Policy in Canada. Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. Retrieved from http://drugpolicy.ca/solutions/publications/changingtheframe/

2                  Rehm, J. et al. (2006). The Costs of Substance Abuse in Canada 2002. Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.ccsa. ca/Resource%20Library/ccsa-011332-2006.pdf

 

Palliative and Home Care

HEA – 2   Edmonton Centre
Edmonton Strathcona

 WHEREAS thousands of Canadians suffer unnecessarily each year because they have no access to palliative care, which unduly increases the use of emergency healthcare;

AND WHEREAS palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and families;

AND WHEREAS publicly funded and administered health care is increasingly under pressure to cut services;

AND WHEREAS delivery of long-term care, home care, mental health services and comprehensive pharmaceutical and wellness programs is neither universal nor consistent in its quality and support across Canada, with only 15% having access to quality palliative care;

AND WHEREAS national Pharmacare, the sale of marijuana, and less demand for acute care will result in savings that can be redirected to home and palliative care;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government craft new, fully cost accounted legislation to implement, in cooperation with the Provinces and Territories, national programs in home and palliative care that are universal and accountable and complementary to the Canada Health Act;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government establish, implement and enforce measurable Standards of Quality Care though legislation to ensure compliance;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such standards include integration of palliative care across all sectors of the health care continuum not just at end of the patient care; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government make innovation in healthcare delivery a priority, with consideration given to the successful Canadian cooperatives model and to the most successful European nations.

Repeal of Canada’s Blasphemy Law

SEC – 2      Red Deer – Lacombe

Red Deer – Mountain View

WHEREAS section 296 of the Criminal code prohibits blasphemous libel;

AND WHEREAS the Charter of rights and freedoms guarantees freedom of religion and free speech

AND WHEREAS free speech includes the right to criticize the beliefs of others, including religious beliefs;

AND WHEREAS anti blasphemy laws are used in many countries to persecute religious minorities

BE IT RESOLVED That Canada amend the Criminal Code to remove section  296 dealing with blasphemy, which reads:

296.

  • Every one who publishes a blasphemous libel is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two
  • It is a question of fact whether or not any matter that is published is a blasphemous
  • No person shall be convicted of an offence under this section for expressing in good faith and in decent language, or attempting to establish by argument used in good faith and conveyed in decent language, an opinion on a religious

Post-Secondary Education Available for All

EDU – 1 Calgary Centre

WHEREAS the Liberal Party of Canada recognizes that post-secondary education should be equally available to all Canadians and permanent residents; and whereas the whole of Canadian society incurs the benefits of a better educated and trained workforce; and

AND WHEREAS tens of thousands of student loan defaults occur every year, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in write-offs for the Government of Canada; and

AND WHEREAS Canada’s student grants are already strained by demand.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT student loans should be available to all post-secondary students based on the student’s financial situation, independent of the student’s parents’ financial circumstances.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party of Canada work in concert with CanLearn and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to develop, implement and offer an alternative, income-based repayment model to persons who are eligible for financial assistance to attend a post- secondary institution of Canada.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this program operate on a revenue-neutral basis, and offered to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Rights for Sex Workers

SEC – 3 Calgary Forest Lawn

WHEREAS those that are in the sex industry require safety and rights by ensuring that they have full access to health, safety and human rights.

AND WHEREAS sex workers deserve to have their choices respected, be able to work safely, without fear of violence, discrimination and social stigma.

AND WHEREAS Bill C36 has problematic components which criminalize the purchase, selling or advertising of sexual services resulting in unsafe work conditions for those choosing sex work.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party of Canada will decriminalize sex work creating a safer work environment and allowing the distinguishing between trafficking and sex work by choice.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party of Canada continue to criminalize those trafficking humans against the will of the person, recognizing sexual assault as falling under the criminal code and respecting other human trafficking laws in effect.

Amending the Animal Cruelty Section of the Criminal Code of Canada

SEC – 4 Fort McMurray – Cold Lake

WHEREAS the Criminal Code provisions on animal cruelty are inadequate and lag far behind those in many other countries around the world;

AND WHEREAS documented studies show that there is a direct link between acts of cruelty to animals and violence toward others;

AND WHEREAS Canada needs to enact an enforceable animal cruelty law to prevent a cycle of violence and protect those who are considered highly vulnerable;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal government will introduce legislation amending the Criminal Code provisions moving the “Animal Cruelty” sections from “Part XI –Wilful and Forbidden Acts in Respect of Certain Property” to “Part V Sexual Offences, Public Morals and Disorderly Conduct”.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this amended legislation will eliminate “wilfulness” of the perpetrator from the wording, so that motive does not need to be present for the courts to punish crimes of neglect against animals and includes a precise definition of “animals” and provides protection to all animals: domestic, wild, or stray;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this amended legislation will make it illegal to breed or train animals for fighting;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this amended legislation will increase lifetime prohibitions of owning animals and require offenders to pay restitution to animal welfare organizations that care for abused animals subsequent to acts of abuse or cruelty.

Long-term care policy

HEA – 3 Calgary Confederation

WHEREAS insufficient capacity in long-term care has been identified as a current problem and looming crisis in Canada given Canada’s aging population;

AND WHEREAS there is no mention of long-term care in the Canada Health Act, the principles of public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability and accessibility are not necessarily adhered to;

AND WHEREAS all Canadians regardless of age, income, ethnicity or religion deserve dignity, respect, adequate care and support during this vulnerable stage of life;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Canada Health Act be amended to include long-term care;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a national strategy for long-term care be legislated, including but not limited to national standards for staffing and training, monitoring and evaluation;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT urgent infrastructure funding be made available as a priority and on an on-going basis to increase capacity in long-term care, including the building of new, and the renovating and retrofitting of existing facilities;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT quality of life parameters be developed for long-term care patients and that these would include: support through an assigned advocate should reliable personal support not exist and the provision of basic human needs beyond food and shelter.

Medical Cannabis Policy

HEA – 4 Calgary Confederation

WHEREAS Medical Cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001;

AND WHEREAS Medical Cannabis extracts and infused foods, etc., became legal in 2015;

AND WHEREAS Cannabis has been subjected to over 20,000 studies including several peer reviews, confirming cannabis has medical benefits and is nontoxic and nonlethal;

AND WHEREAS current regulations do not allow medical practitioners to prescribe the correct amount to patients and do not allow some patients to grow their own;

AND WHEREAS lack of classification as a prescription drug is causing undue financial burden to patients requiring Medical Cannabis;

BE IT RESOLVED that Medical Cannabis be recognized as a prescription drug and granted a DIN number for insurance coverage purposes;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that growing one’s own supply is legal with a doctor’s prescription;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED dosage parameters are solely and completely at the decision and discretion of the patient and their prescribing doctor.

Legislate Standards of Animal Welfare

SEC – 5 Fort McMurray – Cold Lake

WHEREAS the care and use of animals for commercial or research purposes in Canada is currently not covered by federal legislation;

WHEREAS Parliament has the power and the duty to legislate standards of animal welfare for all animals used for Canadians;

WHEREAS the current oversight of animal welfare is through piecemeal guidelines and voluntary codes of practice;

WHEREAS Canada lags behind higher animal welfare standards that have been set by the European Union and elsewhere which could restrict our ability to conduct trade, attract tourism or proactively control unnecessary unlawful or unmoral acts;

WHEREAS without federally instituted legislation, activities continue to occur that do not align with Canadian ideals, create public opposition and cause undue hardship to our local, provincial and federal non-profit animal welfare agencies;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal government will introduce an Animal Welfare Act including allowable and non-allowable activities, mandatory registration and licensing, and establishment of minimum care standards for facilities that breed animals for commercial sale (e.g. puppy mills), research, transport animals commercially (e.g. exotic animal dealers), or publicly exhibit animals in captivity (e.g. circuses);

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal government will create an Animal Welfare Act in consultation with all affected stakeholders such as the Canadian Council on Animal Care, veterinarians, animal welfare organizations, scientists, animal breeders, the research industry, the transport industry, the captive animal industry and other stakeholders that may be identified.

Opioid Addiction

HEA – 5 Edmonton Strathcona

WHEREAS opioids such as morphine and oxycodone have been prescribed as pain-killing medication and Canada is the second highest user of opiates in the world;

AND WHEREAS there are various routes by which opioids can be obtained including licit and illicit means;

AND WHEREAS an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 Canadians have died from opioids since 1995 and many now suffer from addiction;

AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada has a leadership role to play in dealing with what has been described as an opioid epidemic;

AND WHEREAS those with opiate addiction need support and better access to addiction specialists and medications, along with supervised injection sites, to facilitate treatment and prevent harm;

AND WHEREAS Canada lacks a reliable mechanism for quantifying the number of people who die each year from opioid-related causes and for monitoring patterns of drug usage;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada work with the provinces and territories to ensure that barriers to evidence-based, medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction be removed so that those addicted to opioids are properly cared for and future opioid overdose deaths are reduced;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada take steps to ensure that safe injection sites are available in all major centres across the country; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada implement a national system to monitor the substances that result in fatal opioid overdoses and further, that such information be disseminated to relevant agencies including law enforcement and health official

Spousal Sponsorship Lengthy Processing Times

IMM – 2 Edmonton Mill Woods

WHEREAS the lack of processing capacity has resulted in substantial backlogs that require applicants to wait unreasonable length of times for a decision.

AND WHEREAS spousal sponsorships should be processed in a reasonable time, given that spousal type relationships have an inherent need to be together, and time is of essence.

AND WHEREAS a reasonable length of processing time should not exceed six months.

BE IT RESOLVED that appropriate resources be dedicated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Department of Foreign and Affairs and International Trade and Canada Border Services Agency to expedite the processing of applications and deal with the substantial existent backlog in a reasonable manner.

A Resolution for the Development of a First Nations Governance Law

IND – 1 Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission (Alberta)

WHEREAS the current Indian Act is silent on Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics for elected First Nations Chiefs and Councils as defined in the Indian Act.

AND WHEREAS the current Indian Act and the First Nations Finance Transparency Act is weak in addressing accountability of elected First Nations Chiefs and Councils to their membership.

AND WHEREAS the current process of addressing the governance issues on the conduct of First Nations Chiefs and Councils is a very costly and timely burden to First Nations as well as to the Government of Canada.

AND WHEREAS on matters relating to the breach of Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics membership are uninformed on each occurrence.

AND WHEREAS First Nations Chiefs and Councils are void of holding Annual General Meeting of membership to present the Financial Audited Statements and an Annual Program Report.

AND WHEREAS the feeling of helplessness among First Nations members compounds the social problems in First Nations communities.

BE IT RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada acknowledges the reaching out for help from First Nations members.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada will convene a study within its first term as government that includes Indigenous organizations and members from communities on the development of a new Governance Law for First Nations.

Refugee Transportation Loan Abolition

IMM – 5     Red Deer – Lacombe

Red Deer – Mountain View Calgary Centre

WHEREAS Canada is a world leader in refugee resettlement and accepts thousands of refugees

annually to the mutual benefit of our growing country, and to those global citizens in the most vulnerable of situations;

AND WHEREAS studies have shown that refugees can have a positive economic impact on Canada’s economy which requires immigration for a growth trajectory;

AND WHEREAS refugees are some of the most vulnerable people in society, generally arriving in Canada with little or no money, very few resources, and having to learn a new language, culture and customs;

AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada requires refugees accepted by Canada for government sponsored resettlement to pay their own overseas medical examination and transportation costs to Canada and, if they cannot, provides them an interest bearing Refugee Transportation Loan of up to

$10,000 per individual that must be repaid within six years, or less;

AND WHEREAS Refugee Transportation Loans impose an unwarranted additional burden on an already vulnerable population that can delay, and even prevent, successful and productive integration into Canadian society;

AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada already recognizes the detrimental affects the loan repayment policy can have on newly arrived refugees, forgiving an average of $700,000 per year in delinquent loans, and waiving the repayment requirement entirely for the current group of 25,000 Syrian refugees arriving in the country;

AND WHEREAS the suspension of resettlement repayment costs for recent Syrian refugees created the unintended consequence of creating a two-tier refugee system;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada shall end the practice, for all refugees admitted to the country, of requiring them to repay Refugee Transportation Loans covering required overseas medical examinations and travel to Canada expenses.

Indigenous Definition Equally Inclusive of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis

IND – 2 Aboriginal People’s Commission (Alberta)

WHEREAS The Government of Canada has a long history of excluding the Métis people from being fully recognized and included as one of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

AND WHEREAS The Métis people advocated, at length, to ensure their inclusion in the Constitution of Canada under Section 35(2), which reads, “In this Act, ‘aboriginal peoples of Canada’ includes the Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.”

AND WHEREAS Many Métis people are concerned that any changes in language when referring to the “Aboriginal peoples of Canada”, no matter how well intentioned, may subsequently be used to once again exclude the Métis from full inclusion as an Aboriginal people.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT any reference to “Indigenous”, “Indigenous people”, or any other such language employed by the Government of Canada, or the Liberal Party of Canada, to replace or update the term “Aboriginal”, or any such subsequent term, shall retain the meaning and intent of the definition, as stated in Section 35(2) of the Canadian Constitution, to equally include all the Indian (First Nations), Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada.

Children and Youth Cultural Integration

IMM – 6 Calgary Signal Hill

WHEREAS 21% newcomers to Canada are under the age of 15 and by 2016 foreign and Canadian- born youth of immigrants and refugees will comprise a fourth of Canada’s population1;

AND WHERAS first and second-generation immigrant and refugee youth face significant challenges, including cultural dissonance, intergenerational conflict, and social and economic marginalization2;

AND WHEREAS, because of trauma experienced prior to immigration, first generation immigrant and refugee children and their parents may experience mental health related concerns3;

AND WHEREAS, immigrant and refugee families experience barriers accessing social and legal resources available within the broader Canadian community and often lack resources within their own ethno-cultural communities4;

AND WHEREAS underfunded English or French Language Learning programs in the K-12 system contribute to long term professional, academic, social and psychological challenges5;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party invest in educational and mentorship programs that facilitate cultural integration of immigrant and refugee children and youth;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party invest, collaboratively with provinces and municipalities, in programs for better access to mental health and social programs for immigrant and refugee children and youth;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party to support provinces in enhanced delivery of English or French Language Learning at all levels of the K-12 system.

 

Education Access for Children without Legal Status in Canada

EDU – 2 Calgary Confederation

 WHEREAS Canada is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Article 28 of the Convention recognizes the right of all children to education;

AND WHEREAS a child’s lack of immigration status may restrict such child’s access to K-12 education

AND WHEREAS the deprivation of education leads to social problems, vulnerability, and problems with future integration into society;

AND WHEREAS, currently in Canada, the right to education for out-of-status minors varies from province to province and territory to territory;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada remove impediments within federal immigration law that may restrict the access of a child living in Canada to K-12 education, regardless of the child’s immigration status;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada work with provincial governments to help remove any barriers within provincial jurisdiction that may restrict a child without immigration status from receiving primary and secondary education.

 

 

A Path to Permanent Residency for All Foreign Workers

IMM – 8        Calgary Confederation Calgary Signal Hill

WHEREAS low skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers contribute millions of dollars to the Canadian

economy, and account for more than half of all temporary foreign workers;

WHEREAS although historically Canada’s immigration system encouraged permanent residency, in the past 10 years there has been an influx of lower-skilled temporary foreign workers who must leave Canada after 4 years;

WHEREAS credit should be given for time spent in Canada making a contribution to Canadian society to anyone who has Canadian work experience in any work classification;

WHEREAS when the Calgary Signal Hill Liberal Party Association hosted a citywide forum, attended

by more than 200 people, general consensus indicated that government should create fair pathways to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers;

WHEREAS language testing is a barrier to current federal economic class immigration programs for many foreign workers;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Canada create a path to permanent residency for all foreign workers;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT a new federal stream of economic immigration be created that allows low skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers to obtain permanent residency, and that this stream include fair and reasonable access to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any foreign worker who has worked in Canada for a minimum of two years should be allowed to demonstrate functional language competence without the absolute requirement of attaining benchmarks on approved language competency exams.

 

10       – A National Cybersecurity Centre

SEC – 6 Edmonton Strathcona

 WHEREAS Canadians are dependent upon the Internet for communication and business transactions:

AND WHEREAS email scams, online extortion, breach of corporate networks and other types of cyber- crime are increasing;

AND WHEREAS there is a need to report cyber-crime to the police so that police and industry can monitor trends, investigate security breaches, deal with criminal activity and defend our collective security;

AND WHEREAS Canada lags behind such countries as Australia, Britain, and the United States in that we lack a federal program for the reporting and monitoring of cyber-threats that affect citizens and businesses; and

AND WHEREAS cyber-crime negatively impacts the Canadian economy;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada establish a national cyber-security centre with the cooperation of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and Internet providers for the purpose of increasing effective coordination, investigation and information-sharing between police and the private sector.

 

1      – Environmental Protection

ENV – 1 Alberta Young Liberals

 WHEREAS The Government of Canada has struggled on the international stage as an environmental leader that acts as a mentor for smaller nations on the world stage.

AND WHEREAS environmental changes are now in the spotlight, it becomes necessary for Canada to re-join the international community in fighting climate change.

AND WHEREAS our future generations will inherit the exacerbated environmental problems rather than our generations dealing with them now.

AND WHEREAS obvious changes to the climate are becoming the norm.

AND WHEREAS programs like Environment and Climate Change Canada are not well known among the population, or well-funded.

AND WHEREAS government spending is needed for responsible and future oriented targets.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada bring forward a sustainable goal of annual increases by 2% in funding to Environment and Climate Change Canada on a rolling yearly basis for 10 years, in order to protect our future generations.

 

Investment in Research on Hydrocarbons in Canada

ENV – 11 Edmonton Centre

 WHEREAS the extraction of hydrocarbons is a key economic driver of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and other regions in Canada;

AND WHEREAS the processing of hydrocarbons is a significant economic activity in many communities;

AND WHEREAS hydrocarbons are used extensively in a wide range of consumer and commercial products and processes and alternatives in many of these products and processes is limited;

AND WHEREAS past government-funded research results were not released to the public unless serving a partisan purpose, government scientists were not allowed to discuss research or make public comments on the issues of the day and research that was disclosed was not accepted as credible by many Canadians1;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government fund diverse research into the environmental impact of the extraction, processing, transportation and use of hydrocarbons in Canada;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this research be made available to the public regardless of result and that allowances be made for scientists to discuss their research publicly;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government create teaching chairs at Canadian Universities for science and social science based around the environment.

1                  Manasan, A. (2015). FAQ: The issues around muzzling government scientists. CBC News. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ faq-the-issues-around-muzzling-government-scientists-1.3079537

 

4 – Geothermal Subsidies

ENV – 3 Calgary Centre

 WHEREAS one of the Prime Minister’s mandate to the Minister of Natural Resources is to “explore opportunities to enhance existing tax measures to generate more clean technology investments, and engage with provinces and territories to make Canada the world’s most competitive tax jurisdiction for investments in the research, development, and manufacturing of clean technology”1; and

AND WHEREAS that have stymied Canadian development as compared to Wind and Solar projects; and

AND WHEREAS Geothermal does not have access to the Canadian Exploration Expense (CEE) and Canadian Development Expense (CDE) programs and so does not have the same geoscience insurance against failed exploration (“dry wells”) that the Natural Gas industry does; and

AND WHEREAS the Canada Revenue Agency allows mineral exploration, as well as oil and gas companies the use of flow through shares (FTS) to mitigate risk and raise start-up capital but Geothermal developments are currently not included2;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the above tax programs be modified so that Geothermal can compete with other green technologies on an equal footing through the inclusion of Geothermal in the CDE, CEE, and FTS programs. With those three amendments to the tax code, Geothermal can become the powerful industry that Canada requires.3

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the cap be removed on the size of geothermal plants to       allow a scaling up of geothermal industry. 4

 

5      – Youth and Sustainable Development Goals

ENV – 4 Calgary Signal Hill

 WHEREAS Canada has the commitment to invest in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and its indicators (SDGs), in accordance with A/RES/70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly;

AND WHEREAS the SDGs are targets for human prosperity and alleviating suffering nationally and internationally;

AND WHEREAS youth are of the ages of 15-24;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada hold the Government of Canada accountable to honour its commitment for the achievement of the SDGs by establishing a long-term Sustainable Development Fund to facilitate monetary investment in economic, human, social, and natural capital development by Youth;

BE IT FURTHUR RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada pressure the Government of Canada to accentuate the importance of Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Development to achieve the SDGs;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada strongly recommends the Government of Canada offer Youth a leading role in creating SDG strategies and action projects that increase innovation, economic development, knowledge transfers, and standards of living;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada ensure the Government of Canada champions innovation and risk taking by Youth while developing them into responsible entrepreneurs in all sectors and industries;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada strongly recommends the Government of Canada advance girls and women in STEM and the usage of cultural heritage and traditional knowledge.

 

6      – Federal Sustainable Development Act

ENV – 5 Calgary Signal Hill

 WHEREAS Canada has committed to invest in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and its indicators (SDGs), in accordance with A/RES/70/11 of the United Nations General Assembly;

AND WHEREAS Canada is required to create a Federal Sustainable Development Strategy every 3 years, pursuant to the Federal Sustainable Development Act S.C 2008, c.332;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Government of Canada honour its commitment for the achievement of the SDGs by aligning the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy’s federal sustainable development goals and targets with the SDGs of A/RES/70/1 where applicable;

BE IT FURTHUR RESOLVED that the Government of Canada is held responsible for each department or agency to prepare a sustainable development strategy containing plans and targets, pursuant to section 11(1) of the Federal Sustainable Development Act;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Government of Canada is held responsible to revise the appointments to the Sustainable Development Advisory Council to reflect a more inclusive council reflective of the SDGs, pursuant to section 8(1) of the Federal Sustainable Development Act;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Government of Canada champions 192 EX/Decision 63 of the UNESCO General Assembly in the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, pursuant to section 9(1) of the Federal Sustainable Development Act.

 

Energy Efficient House-building and Infill Construction

ENV – 8 Edmonton Strathcona

 

WHEREAS home ownership is preferential to most Canadians, with over 69% of Canadians owning their homes (2011 NH Survey). This has resulted in increasing urban sprawl leaving older neighbourhoods underutilized and open to poverty, neglect and increased crime;

AND WHEREAS most building codes in Canada do not encourage greater use of energy efficiency and the cost of these new technologies and products is often higher than standard building products;

AND WHEREAS incentive programs to encourage the use of environmentally efficient products have been spotty and inconsistent;

AND WHEREAS the design, creation and manufacture of these products could represent a growing Canadian industry but is currently being outsourced to developing countries;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada create an incentive program, potentially through the Infrastructure Ministry, to encourage greater urban infill and the restoration of old neighbourhoods;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada create an incentive/rebate program to encourage greater use of energy efficiency in new house construction and older home upgrades; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Government of Canada provide tax incentives to manufacturers of environmentally efficient products in Canada to help develop this growing manufacturing segment.

 

7              – National Water Strategy

ENV – 9 Calgary Confederation

 

WHEREAS water is a scarce resource and will be one of the most important resources in the 21st Century;

AND WHEREAS the United Nations adopted a resolution in 2010 that recognizes access to clean water and sanitation as a human right;

AND WHEREAS responsibility for Water crosses Municipal, Provincial and Federal boundaries and different governments regulate water and enforce regulations for resource extraction, industry, recreation and consumption in different ways;

AND WHEREAS responsible water Policies seek an appropriate balance between economic objectives, the protection of water as a finite resource, and the assurance of public health and safety;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federal Government develop an overarching National Water Strategy and appoint a Minister for Water reporting to the Environment Minister whose responsibilities would include:

  1. Appointment of non-Partisan Scientific Board to Develop National Water Strategy, and include provincial input into the Strategy
  2. Geo-mapping of Freshwater resources in Canada including hydrological studies with respect to climate change
  3. The creation of national guidelines for water use with regard to industry, recreation and human consumption, protection of water ecosystems and watersheds, impacts of resource extraction and industrial use of water, monitoring programs and penalties, and an estimate future water
  4. Include water labelling for Industry and production of goods to help estimate consumption needs and life cycle analysis of goods for

 

8       – Energy Transition Training

ENV – 10 Fort McMurray – Cold Lake

 

WHEREAS Canada has committed to help keep global warming “well below” two degrees Celsius at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference;

AND WHEREAS this goal has led the Government of Canada to take a leadership role with provinces and territories to put a price on carbon and reduce carbon emissions;

AND WHEREAS the petroleum industry is a significant contributor to carbon emissions and petroleum products are non-renewable resources;

AND WHEREAS Provincial and Territorial Action to reduce carbon emissions may result in a transition to an alternative energy based economy;

AND WHEREAS the petroleum industry is a significant employer in certain regions of Canada;

AND WHEREAS many of the workers in these industries are highly skilled and with retraining could be a great asset to a nascent alternative energy economy;

BE IT RESOLVED that if an energy transition leads to job losses then the Liberal Government will commit to introduce grants for retraining programs for those affected;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these training programs utilize the capacity of local universities and colleges, and that this training will be provided, if possible, where the workers currently reside in an attempt to foster stability in their communities.

 

Off-shoring is Skyrocketing in Canada

ECO – 2 Alberta Women’s Liberal Commission

 

WHEREAS the Canadian Government loses individual and corporate income tax revenue from the shifting of profits and income from Canada into low-tax counties to an estimated 7 billion dollars.

WHEREAS Canada does not measure the revenue lost by not developing and publishing the tax gap estimates.

AND WHEREAS Canada has decreased Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) funds while other countries such as Australia, USA, and UK have invested in special units to track offshore accounts.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada call on the Government of Canada to take action to ensure that Canadians and Canadian companies no longer use tax havens to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada calls for the passing of Bill S-226 mandating transparency from Canadian Revenue Agency. The Bill calls on the necessary data required to estimate Canada’s tax gap and report findings to the Parliamentary Budget Office.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that lobbying of CRA must stop.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada increase funding to:

  • Increase CRA staff or special units to investigate Canadian corporations and individuals hiding income taxable in Canada in offshore
  • Review Whistleblower Protection
  • Strength & Publicize Offshore Tax Informant Programme 2013 and streamline calls to CRA Hotline 1-855-345-9042.
  • Identify tax loop holes that enable off shoring of taxable income in
  • Canadian corporations transfer funds to non-Canadian corporations offshore where the offshore corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of a Canadian corporation with some form of tax capture at source.
  • Canadian corporations with international operations have their offshore divisions taxed in harmony with inter-governmental tax agreements, and where agreements are not in place, there is a standardized tax applied to those corporate earnings.

1          – Made in Canada Diversification Support Policy

ECO – 5 Edmonton Centre

 

WHEREAS economic diversification is necessary to strengthen the Canadian economy1;

AND WHEREAS information technology, renewable energy, and services are expected to rise in importance to the Canadian economy over the next 10 years;

WHEREAS access to capital is one of the greatest barriers to growth in resource-based economies because of the need for non-resource industry start-ups to compete with the energy sector;

WHEREAS current tax policy neglects start-ups and infant business and industry2;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government act to create an economic environment where new and sustainable industries can successfully grow and prosper, through infrastructure creation for a knowledge-based economy, start-up capital investment, provision of one million square feet of innovation space, and highly-targeted tax structure changes that benefit small innovators;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government act as an honest broker in harmony with provincial and territorial governments, in providing start-up capital in new industries by creating platforms to reduce capital expenses for new and innovative ideas to take hold, and by ensuring that any program must first and foremost be accessible and act as a tool that puts helping entrepreneurs first, rather than angel investors and policy creators;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that risk involved with start-up capital must be managed independently of government, and that capital investment could be augmented by programs that reduce capital costs;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any corporation benefitting from said program must be Canadian- controlled and cannot subvert Canadian law.

  • Blackwell, (2015). Executives urge Canada to diversify beyond natural resources. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved from http://www. theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/c-suite-urges-canada-to-diversify-beyond-natural-resources/article25049883/
  • Dingman, (2014). Shredding some myths about Canada’s tech startup subsidies. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved from http://www. theglobeandmail.com/technology/business-technology/shredding-some-myths-about-canadas-tech-startup-subsidies/article18921138/

 

6 – Supporting Greater Interprovincial Collaboration

ECO – 6 Edmonton Centre

 WHEREAS interprovincial and territorial economic misalignment and trade barriers in Canada can greatly increase costs to businesses, government and consumers1;

AND WHEREAS there are currently no protocols in place nationally to deal with differences between job classifications across provincial and territorial borders3;

AND WHEREAS interprovincial and territorial labour migration is essential to economic growth4;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government establish an independent panel on the reduction of interprovincial economic barriers;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government provide a mandate to said independent panel to improve interprovincial trade, encourage regional economic alignment,

support higher education, apprenticeships, and professional training, support national infrastructure, standardize economic regulations and facilitate labour mobility5;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government instruct the independent panel to openly and collaboratively seek input from business leaders, provincial and territorial governments, municipalities, labour and professional organizations, and the general public.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that thing finding and recommendation of such a panel are carried forward to a First Minister’s Meeting to focus on implementation.

  • McKenna, (2015). Canada’s internal trade barriers must fall. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved from http:// www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/canadas-internal-trade-barriers-must-fall/article24952789/; Morgan, J. (2015). Interprovincial trade barriers must go. The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved from http://thechronicleherald.ca/ expertopinions/1296985-interprovincial-trade-barriers-must-go
  • See note
  • Duggan, (2015). Premiers move to relax apprenticeship mobility rules. iPolitics. Retrieved from http://ipolitics.ca/2015/07/16/premiers- move-to-relax-apprenticeship-mobility-rules/
  • O’Neil, P. (2015). Interprovincial labour mobility vital for Canadian prosperity: r Vancouver Sun. Retrieved from http://www.vancouversun. com/business/interprovincial+labour+mobility+vital+canadian+prosperity+report/11524336/story.html#ixzz40e6wnbJw
  • Clark, and Devries, P. (2016). Keys to developing a domestic growth strategy for Canada. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved from http://www. theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/keys-to-developing-a-domestic-growth-strategy-for-canada/article28195313/

 

7     – Interprovincial Relocation Options for Employment Insurance Recipients

ECO – 6                Red Deer Lacombe

 Red Deer – Mountain View

 WHEREAS Canada is a diverse country from coast to coast to coast with an equally diverse economy that is in constant in flux;

AND WHEREAS economic factors may result in one part of the country finding economic success while another part of the country may be experiencing economic struggle, creating different unemployment rates from one region of the country to the next;

AND WHEREAS in a globalizing economy, relocation for employment is becoming more common and indeed more necessary for potential employees to find jobs and employers to find skilled Canadian workers;

AND WHEREAS those on Employment Insurance can often not afford to relocate to job search resulting in lost employment opportunities for Canadians due to insurmountable barriers and lost opportunities for employers to find skilled Canadian workers;

AND WHEREAS Canada currently has several boutique tax credits for relocation expenses for those with jobs, but that do not benefit those on Employment Insurance seeking jobs;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party of Canada enact legislation to make a portion of Employment Insurance available in a onetime lump sum for the purpose of relocation to a more economically

viable location for the purpose of job hunting with eligible emigration and immigration regions to be determined by Employment Insurance Statistics.

 

8     – Improve Job Training in Prison

JUS – 3 Calgary Centre

 WHEREAS the intent of incarceration in Canada is not punishment, but rehabilitation; and

AND WHEREAS a shortage of skilled workers, particularly trades-persons, is set to become one of Canada’s greatest economic challenges in the coming decade, with estimates projecting a shortage of up to a million skilled labourers by 2020; and

AND WHEREAS the Office of the Correctional Investigator has cited timely access to programs as an issue of concern; and

AND WHEREAS accessibility to work in prison has been shown to reduce recidivism rates by as much as 33 percent.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT that CorCan improve accessibility to its job training programs, and direct more resources to training programs that teach skills for in-demand work, such that incarcerated individuals are able to acquire skills that will make them employable in the Canadian workforce.

 

9     – Economic Infrastructure for Rural Communities

ECO – 9 Calgary Confederation

 WHEREAS lack of access to basic economic infrastructure such as identification cards, high-speed internet services and banking services is a barrier to an individual’s full participation in the modern Canadian economy;

AND WHEREAS remote rural communities and remote indigenous populations are more likely to have difficulty accessing such services because of lack of proximity to necessary infrastructure provided by banks and government offices with the power to issue identification cards;

AND WHEREAS Canada Post currently has infrastructure in place to serve rural and remote communities throughout Canada;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the federal government instruct Canada Post to partner with financial institutions, provincial governments and telecommunication providers to become a single point of contact in remote communities to provide identification cards, banking services and other necessary economic infrastructure in communities who would otherwise not have access to such services;

AND BE IT RESOLVED THAT Canada Post commit to providing banking and identification services and high-speed internet through any postal outlet where no such services are publicly offered within a maximum 50 km radius and to maintain a level of service quality consistent with the responsibility for conducting financial services transactions and the handling of sensitive documents.

 

10  – A National Housing Strategy

ECO – X Edmonton Strathcona

 WHEREAS homelessness is one of the nation’s most pressing problems, with over 200,000 people experiencing homelessness annually and another 3.3 million Canadian households in precarious housing situations;

AND WHEREAS the problem includes not only visible homelessness but those living in precarious housing situations because their dwellings are unaffordable, below standard or overcrowded;

AND WHEREAS homelessness results in stigmatization and discrimination and robs people of their dignity and self-respect;

AND WHEREAS the United Nations has officially declared the lack of a housing strategy in Canada to be a national emergency;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Government of Canada, in cooperation with other governments, implement a national housing strategy that focuses on the provision of social and affordable housing for low-income and other vulnerable Canadians;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada set aside a percentage of its infrastructure budget for that purpose; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Government of Canada, in cooperation with other governments, support programs to ensure that people transition successfully from being homeless to being housed.

 

11           – Improvements to Lifelong Learning Program

EDU – 3 Edmonton Strathcona

 WHEREAS Canada’s high unemployment rate and changing economic landscape means that many people with no or obsolete training need to update their qualifications by obtaining post-secondary education (“PSE”);

AND WHEREAS many cannot do so because they work, have families and financial commitments, or do not qualify for student financing;

AND WHEREAS Canada needs to build a knowledge-based economy, diversified from its over- dependence on resource extraction and manufacturing, in order to become more competitive;

AND WHEREAS the only way to achieve this objective is to encourage more Canadians to enhance their qualifications;

AND WHEREAS there is financing for high school graduates who seek PSE, there are few vehicles to encourage working adults to pursue studies and further their qualifications. The only existing program is the Lifelong Learning Program (LLP), which allows full-time adult students to withdraw funds from their RRSP to a maximum of $10,000/year to a limit of $20,000 over four years, with funds to be repaid to the RRSP within 10 years;

AND WHEREAS this program offers insufficient monies in too short a time frame for most programs;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada revise the LLP to allow more time for studies and that the maximum withdrawal amount be increased to $40,000;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Government of Canada establish a student financing program for working adults enrolled in full-time studies to help finance their education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Government encourage the development of scholarships specifically for adult learners.

 

12       – Forgiveness of Student Loans through Volunteer Work

EDU – 4 Edmonton Strathcona

 WHEREAS post-secondary education is a pre-requisite for participation in Canada’s work force;

AND WHEREAS post-secondary and post-graduate students in Canada are facing mounting debt loads and graduates are having difficulty finding meaningful work in their fields of expertise;

AND WHEREAS there are many vulnerable people in Canadian society and numerous organizations such as charities, community groups and NGOs that provide for and serve them;

AND WHEREAS such organizations could benefit from the skilled help of post-secondary and post-graduate graduates who could provide services such as legal aid, tutoring of special-needs children, accounting services for NGOs, health/dental services for homeless and other at-risk populations, to name a few;

AND WHEREAS such volunteer work would provide graduates with meaningful work experience, networking opportunities and the ability to serve their communities;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada implement a program for the forgiveness of student loans in exchange for volunteer work relating to a post-secondary or post-graduate graduate’s field of specialty, in not-for-profit or non-governmental organizations .  Such program would provide that credit for volunteer work be applied to student loan debt upon such terms as may be appropriate, following proper study and input.

 

13       – Prompt Payment in the Construction Industry

ECO – 11 Edmonton Strathcona

WHEREAS trade contractors perform more than 80% of construction work in Canada; most of these trade contractors are small businesses that employ fewer than 20 employees;

AND WHEREAS there are systemic delays in payment of valid invoices by federal authorities and further, problems with delays in remitting payments down the sub-contract chain, even where there is no dispute that the work has been performed according to contract;

AND WHEREAS such payment delays result in cash flow problems for trade contractors which in turn discourages hiring and investment in capital, discourages training of apprentices and new hires and in the worst cases, leads to small business and personal bankruptcies;

AND WHEREAS Canada lacks an effective remedy to deal with the problem of delayed payments in the construction industry and is a clear outlier when it comes to prompt payment legislation. Almost all jurisdictions in the USA, including the federal government, have adopted such legislation in the public sector. Many other countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand have also enacted prompt payment legislation;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada introduce prompt payment legislation applicable to all contracts issued by the Department of Public Works, Government Services Canada and Defense Construction Canada, such legislation to ensure that payment is made within a reasonable and specified time period for work that is done in compliance with contractual obligations.

 

14        – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

DGO – 4 Calgary Confederation

 

WHEREAS Canada deserves a strong public broadcaster able to broadcast from coast to coast with local, national and international programming

AND WHEREAS many Canadian places are isolated and depend on the public broadcaster for information important to the people of those communities

AND WHEREAS Canada needs a forum for Canadian talent and to gather national perspectives

AND WHEREAS cuts to CBC have severely hampered the broadcaster’s ability to provide for Canadian content and international programming as well as documentary evidence for social and political issues

AND WHEREAS the fact that the Board of Directors have been appointed by the former Government and are conducting business in a partisan way that is not beneficial for Canadian broadcasting

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party of Canada support the reinstatement of funding to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation of 117 million and provide annual stable funding with specific allocation for local stations and remote and rural broadcasting

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party of Canada support the replacement of the Board

of Directors of CBC with a non-Partisan Board based on qualification and merit and at least 50% of the board have Broadcasting experience.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation go back to supporting Canadian Talent and Content and reinstate local programming, in house documentary programming, international reporting and programming and television drama.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party of Canada appoint a non-partisan committee to appoint Members of the Board of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.