Sunday, April 03, 2011

Big Red Tent

The Liberal Platform has been released and its "big red tent" theme is going to be a great one. It's a positive, forward-looking document that epitomizes "liberal" values:
Our platform in this election has one overriding objective: to make equal opportunity a reality for every Canadian, whether you live in a big city, a small town, a remote community, a farm or a fishing village.
We will invest in quality, affordable child care for every young family that needs it. We will help every family with the costs of college or university, so your kids can be ready for the jobs of tomorrow. We will help families take time off from work to look after sick loved ones at home. We’ll strengthen universally accessible health care for all, and build on the Canada Pension Plan so everyone can retire in security and dignity. We’ll also have a new tax credit to help with the up-front costs of renovations to make your home more energy-efficient.
Finally, since opportunities for Canadians are now global, we will promote Canadian success overseas and stand up for the proud ideal that a citizen of Canada is truly a citizen of the world.
Steve V writes
I feel like this party has found it's rallying cry, and I know I'm not alone. Many of us railed against this and that, our meandering positions, lack of clear focus. Victory or defeat aside, it feels like we have found something to support, the Liberals have finally armed themselves with a slew of ideas to convey a message.
A week ago, Iggy was was 2,000 "likes" behind Harper on Facebook -- today, Iggy is at 47,418, compared to Harper's 45,684. So Iggy is now 2,000 ahead. And the Liberals as a party are still ahead of the Cons -- there are now 12,474 who like that big red tent, compared to 11,684 for the blue machine.

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