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Progressive Canadian Party reacts to Quebec City Mosque shooting. PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 January 2017 23:06

Progressive Canadian Party reacts to Quebec City Mosque shooting.

For Immediate Release
- January 29, 2017


Niagara Falls and Vancouver Island -  PC Party interim leader former MP Joe Hueglin and spokesperson Brian Marlatt on behalf of PC Party National Council made the following statement tonight following the tragedy in the Quebec City suburb of Ste Foy where Canadians of Muslim faith have been killed and injured in a horrifying act of violence.

"The Progressive Canadian Party and all Canadians are shocked and dismayed by these events, the terrible acts of violence, death and injury in Quebec City tonight.  We join with our fellow Canadians of all faiths and beliefs in mourning the loss to us all caused by these acts of violence against the people of Canada and against the spirit of shared good will which identify us and identify what it means to be Canadian."

For more information contact:

Joe Hueglin, Interim Leader Progressive Canadian Party
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Brian Marlatt, PC Party National Council
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Policies PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 00:00

Questions for Canadians:

Are you as proud of being Canadian in 2015 as we all were in 1967 or 1867 when launched confidently onto the world stage? How about in 1987, when we were fighting acid rain and working to free Nelson Mandela? How about in 1997 when we led the world into the historic Kyoto Accord to try to address Climate Change?

Do you feel more secure now or less? There is nowhere to hide from terror except freedom. Terror grows in poverty, failed wars and greed. You can’t beat terror in a war – you beat terror with the firm stance of a peacemaker. With fairness and justice. And with compassion and assistance.

What are Canadian values? What is the essence of Canada? Is it found in the historic compromise of private and public enterprise? In the diversity we all share and admire? In the natural beauty and wonderful environment we have been blessed with. Or is it as simple as keeping your promises? Do you really feel that any political party represents those values?


Directions:

Good Business – Sustainable Prosperity

Economic growth is not the only measure of human achievement but the creation of wealth makes it possible for us to do many things. We seek to create a sustainable economy with true competition and a level playing field. Balance in the economy is crucial. If any one player has too much power, be they big business, big government or big unions – then the balance is lost.

We are, at heart, a party that supports small business. There is a role for government in the economy, but it must support and not compete with small business.

We support the “100 mile challenge” which encourages purchasing from local enterprises. It’s environmentally sound because it uses far less resources. It’s economically sound because local businesses return far greater amounts to the economy. It fits with our belief that small business is the engine of our economy.

We will restore income trust legislation to it’s previous state and work with all key stakeholders to develop legislation that makes sense for Canadians. For more information on our policy, click here.


Agriculture

We consider family farms to be one of the great examples of small business.

Our “100 mile challenge” would support family farms and innovative agricultural businesses.

We completely support the Wheat Board but we need more. We need the equivalent of the CMHC for farmers.

We guarantee mortgages to facilitate the housing market.

We need a solution of a similar nature for farmers to once and for all relieve the terrible pressures that are driving them off the farms.


Our Place in the Global Community

A well equipped, highly motivated military is the key to our sovereignty and our place in the world. We are peacekeepers and diplomats – both of which take exceptional courage and determination. We need to find our own voice in the world and set our own policy – friendly, but independent of the dominance of any other nation. We need to find the .7 percent solution and make a contribution towards world peace by ending the scourge of world hunger and disease in our lifetime.

We have a plan to get out of Afghanistan with dignity and to rethink our role as peacekeepers and protectors of our own sovereignty. People in poor nations take desperate measures due to extremes of poverty. Economic aid and justice are the best weapons against terror.


Investing in Education:

Our education system needs to be set to meet our future needs. In a country where we are chronically short of doctors, and where the population is aging does it make sense that we can only find 5 students to enter geriatric medicine? Does it make sense that a student should have to go more than 60 and perhaps even as high as 100 thousand in debt to fill these important needs?

Our education policy is about equal opportunity for all. We will provide a program of economic support for every student in post secondary education to ensure that education is accessible for all. Over a period of years we will phase in a tax based program to relieve students of the burden of debt. Providing the graduate stays in Canada for a period of years, and providing the student participates in the tax system, Canadian students will no longer carry debt.

We will renew funding to post secondary institutions for operations and not just capital projects. This program will cover all post secondary education from trade schools to universities.

Our program will feature a “head start” to ensure that young children are given an equal opportunity by recognizing some of the challenges in early years that must be addressed


Health Care

We believe in a One-Tier health care system – BUT - we believe that small business has a key role in the public system. Doctors are one type of small business that already supplies the public system. If it is more cost effective to utilize business in our health care system that is what we should do, providing that health care is still available to all at no cost and that payment will not put someone at the front of the line.

Through our education program we will have more trained medical staff staying in Canada to relieve the severe shortage.


Democratic Deficit, Accountability and Intergrity

Keeping promises is essential to faith in democracy. We propose a Contract with Constituents – we will be clear on what we will promise versus what we will make up our minds on with the facts at some future date. To keep from keeping his promises, Mr. Harper has started a campaign of disinformation on all of these areas. We need to set the records straight.

Government needs accountability and an end to patronage. There are too many examples of senior officials and agency appointees who have been “fired” with colossal severance. We need to reward great performance but not poor or substandard performance. Ensuring that accountability is in place is the best way to restore pride in civil service and encourage those who work hard.

We need to start keeping our promises by honouring the Kelowna Accord with First Nations; we need to continue what we started by meeting Kyoto Commitments; we must keep our promises with Provincial governments.


Environment

We need to end the culture of defeat on the environment. This is the country that won at Vimy Ridge. We helped with the only battle that Churchill feared to lose – the battle of the Atlantic. We invented peacekeeping. Canada as a nation is at its best when confronted by “impossible” challenges.

Our natural environment is not only a treasure, it is an asset. Water is the oil of the next century…our natural resources have to be protected as they will be our currency on the world stage in the next hundred years. Kyoto is an opportunity to transform our economy, retrofit our infrastructure (especially in cities), clean up our air and water and make this the “wealthiest” country in the world. Sadly, we have to prepare for the impact of global warming while we try to minimize it.


Equality is Not Entitlement but Equality of Opportunity

We need to end some of the shames of aboriginal and child poverty in our country. If we cannot convince Canadians to do this because it’s the right thing to do, we have to make the economic and safety arguments. A dollar invested in crime prevention is equal to seven or more spent on criminal justice systems.


Financial Responsibility

We need to schedule paying off our real debt over the next 25 years. The current government has increased spending at a rate of 8% -- the highest in years.

We spend approximately 25% of our national tax revenues on social programs such as health and education, yet these programs are not federally audited to ensure that your tax dollars are being spent fairly and wisely. It is the duty of the Government of Canada to ensure that all tax dollars collected are spent in a manner that benefits every Canadian. We will institute a “Social Auditor” to track and measure spending in social programs.


Support for Local Municipalities:

Cities, particularly our major cities are a key to our economic prosperity. Aging infrastructure and archaic funding formulas threaten the ability of our cities to compete on a world stage. We support the 1 cent solution brought forward by the country’s mayors.


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Progressive Canadian Party responds to Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:31

Progressive Canadian Party responds to
special parliamentary committee on electoral reform.

For Immediate Release May 12, 2016

Newmarket, Ont. -
The Progressive Canadian Party believes that fundamental change to our democracy in Canada should be discussed by ALL registered political parties in committee, then considered through a Supreme Court of Canada reference on the outcome as to its constitutionality and meaning for Canadians, and followed by a national referendum on the result.
 
Fundamental change to our democracy, in which the new government has made an arbitrary choice to make 2015 the last election using Canada's system of Single Member Pluralities/Majority (SMP) elections in each riding, sometimes referred to as First Past the Post (FPTP), is too important to be the decision solely of a Special Committee alone dominated by the current government and approved by cabinet.
 
PC Party Leader, the Hon. Sinclair Stevens raised concerns that the process and the principles described by Democratic Institutions Minister, the Hon. Maryam Monsef, exclude our existing system of voting rights as a choice for Canadians and may favour political movements and parties over the democratic rights of Canadians.
 
Mr. Stevens suggested that if a Special Committee is to be struck to discuss these issues, all registered political parties should be consulted, especially since party representation is key to the principles outlined by Minister Monsef and that the virtues of our existing electoral system should be central to the national conversation rather than surrender to the view that "whatever is, is wrong."  A new status quo centred on party and  movements might well lead to priorities and elections concerned mainly with the  interest of party and movements, creating governance by party oligarchies, while systems of ranked ballots might well serve the interest of party insiders only.
 
For these reasons, Mr. Stevens argued with the support of PC Party National Council, a wider discussion is necessary and if a Special Committee of political parties is to be struck in such an extraordinary way then all registered political parties should be consulted both within and outside parliament.
 
Mr. Stevens noted that this was the process engaged when the Standing Committee on Procedures and House Affairs consulted - but then ignored - all party consultation on Bill C-16, the fixed date election act which had such consequence for the 2015 election.
 
He stressed further that an all party Special Committee consulting all registered political parties should be followed by a Supreme Court of Canada reference concerning the constitutionality of any proposal made by the committee and that the proposal should then be the subject of a national referendum given the fundamental changes to Canada's democracy any such change would bring.  The Charlottetown Accord in 1992 alone proposed change of similar consequence in recent memory.
 

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For more information contact:
The Hon. Sinclair Stevens,
Leader, PC Party
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Brian Marlatt
PC Party candidate-of-record South Surrey-White Rock,
Electoral Reform Spokesman
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Previous Party statements on the issue of Electoral Reform:
http://pcparty.org/index.php/component/content/article/168
http://pcparty.org/index.php/component/content/article/169
http://progressivecanadian.ca/index.php/component/content/article/170
 

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2016 11:32
 
Progressive Canadian Party: The future of Canadian conservatism. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 May 2016 10:44

Progressive Canadian Party:
The future of Canadian conservatism.

For Immediate Release May 20, 2016

Newmarket, Ont. -
The Vancouver Convention of the Conservative Party, beginning May 26, will be a telling moment in the survival of what Preston Manning calls the "conservative movement" and most observers will recognize as the Canadian arm of American neoconservatism.  It will be the first meeting of the movement in Vancouver since the Reform convention in 1997 and the corporate party's first convention since the 2015 defeat.  It is meaningful for former Progressive Conservatives and Progressive Canadians, and indeed for Canadian politics.
 
The election result on October 19, 2015 is reason for members of the new Conservative Party of Canada to think deeply on the future of their party and on whether it really has a place in Canadian political life.

What is clear is that the party formed by the "merger"of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada has been rejected by Canadians who now recognize the result of the merger was not the renewed Progressive Conservative party Tory voters have thought they were voting for in elections since 2003.
 
New Conservative Party policy, politics, outlook and direction and political culture have been imported from the Canadian Alliance and its predecessor the Reform Party.  Progressive Conservative policy, politics, outlook and direction and political culture have been pushed aside and ignored.
 
Some former Canadian Alliance members publicly revisited Preston Manning's infamous "The West wants in" diatribe by claiming "The West wants out."  They echo Stephen Harper's firewall federalism, showing their contempt for democracy and insulting all Canadians in all parts of Canada, North, South, East, and West. The party Stephen Harper founded is not about Tory and Canadian conservative principle.
 
Integrity, parliament, and Canada matter: that is the message of the 2015 election. The party once led by Stephen Harper, and previously by Stockwell Day and Preston Manning under other names, fails on all three counts. They framed the ballot question in the 2015 election. Canadians voted to replace the party, leader, and government in power since January 23, 2006.
 
Progressive Conservatives remaining in the new Conservative Party are justified in feeling betrayed by the policy and leadership of the decade old party.  It is time to either bring that party to an end or to create a renewed Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from the ashes of crushing defeat and rejection by Canadian voters.
 
Canadians will watch the Vancouver convention with interest.  Will we see a renewed Tory party or will the party created in 2003 fail to understand the message sent by Canadians on election day 2015?   "Will Conservatives go back to the future, or look forward to the past," as writer Michael Harris has asked?
 
Those of us who share the "progressive Conservative" vision of the Tory party Sir John A. Macdonald first spoke of in 1854 have reason to take heart in the decision of Canadians on October 19, 2015. The national vision of the party of Confederation, of nation-building, and of Sir John A.'s National Dream of One Dominion from Sea to Sea is endorsed by Canadians who see the divisive politics of the last ten years put to rest.
 
Canadians have moved on. It is time for what was purposely called briefly the "Conservative Party" to do so as well.
 
It is time for Progressive Conservatives to come together to restore the vision to the party which first built a strong, united Canada to take heart in the decision of Canadians. It is time to consider a Progressive Conservative alternative.  To present to Canadians the Progressive Canadian Party
 
This continuing "PC Party" exists to provide a principled home for progressive-conservatives who have decided enough is enough, that a Tory party must again become the party offering to Canadians nation-building and national unity.
 
We invite you to join us and we offer you leadership by example of what Sir John A. Macdonald's "progressive Conservative" party should look like to Canadians today.
 

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For more information contact:
The Hon. Sinclair Stevens,
Leader, PC Party
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Brian Marlatt
PC Party candidate-of-record South Surrey-White Rock,
B.C. Member National Council
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Will Conservatives go back to the future or just look forward to the past? http://ipolitics.ca/2016/05/15/will-conservatives-go-back-to-the-future-or-just-look-forward-to-the-past/


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Progressive Canadian Party responds to Justin Trudeau Liberal proposal for Senate Reform PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 22:54
Progressive Canadian Party responds to Justin Trudeau Liberal proposal for Senate Reform

For Immediate Release January 20, 2016
Newmarket, Ontario -
The Progressive Canadian Party responded today to the Justin Trudeau Liberal proposal for an Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments.

The Advisory Board proposed is to consist of five members, a federal chair, two other federal members and two ad hoc provincial or territorial members from the province or territory where a vacancy is to be filled.  Broad consultations with interest groups are proposed for a transitional period, at least, and recommendations are not binding on the prime minister who will continue alone to nominate Senate appointments to the Governor General representing the Queen in right of Canada.

Subsequent to the transitional period, an open application process is to be established whereby persons can apply, or presumably be recommended, to the Advisory Board for appointment to the Senate.

The proposals are claimed in the new Liberal government’s public announcement to provide  nonpartisan and merit-based independent appointments even though the prime minister will continue to nominate appointees and interest groups will be consulted by the Advisory Board.

The Progressive Canadian Party believes that the Liberal government proposal, while it may be well-intentioned, fails to be nonpartisan or merit-based.  Further the PC Party believes the proposal fails to provide a process by which excellence and knowledge of governance necessary to the Senate’s role as a revising chamber of government legislation and regulation is provided and further that it risks transforming the Senate into a partisan House of the Provinces by giving to the provinces new constitutional powers to advise in the appointment of Senators at a cost to national unity.

Further, the proposals made through the new Minister of Democratic Institutions fail to answer the question “Who appoints the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments and how is the appointment of the Advisory Board independent, nonpartisan and merit-based?”

No less than the Harper government proposals for Senate reform, the new Trudeau government proposal effectively rewrites the principles of Canadian federalism and the Canadian constitution, albeit in a different way, by looking to provincial and partisan constituencies or interest groups to advise in the appointment of the Upper Chamber in the Parliament of Canada.

The Progressive Canadian party has long proposed that future nomination of Senate candidates to the Governor General should come from the nonpartisan Queen’s Privy Council.  The QPC exists within the constitution to advise the GG as the Queen’s representative.  The QPC consists of all present and former prime ministers and cabinets, former Supreme Court justices, diplomats, other distinguished Canadians, and leaders of the Opposition or premiers on invitation.

The Minister of Democratic Institutions is the president of the Queen’s Privy Council but does not have the power to choose the members whose standing derives from acknowledged records of public service.  Patronage, partisanship by party or special interest, potential provincial sectarianism, and unconstitutional abolition are avoided.  Excellence, merit, and knowledge of governance, service, become the standard. The constitutional standing of appointments by the Governor General of Canada on the advice of the Queen’s Privy Council, out of which the convention of prime minister’s advice ultimately derives, is not in question and provides a truly independent advisory board for Senate appointments.
 
What is more, the Gordian knot is cut. The question of who appoints to the independent advisory board is answered, the Queen’s Privy Council represents earned merit, experience, knowledge of government instead of being appointed by current federal government or amendment of the constitution to give the provinces new powers to intrude in federal authority of Parliament or the powers of the Governor General.

The Progressive Canadian party calls on the government of Justin Trudeau and the new Minister of Democratic Institutions to adopt this solution within the powers of the Queen’s Privy Council and the constitution of Canada to the vexed problem of Senate Reform.

Addendum

References:
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For more information contact:
The Hon. Sinclair Stevens,
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Brian Marlatt
PC Party candidate-of-record South Surrey-White Rock, 2015
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