Jody Wilson-Raybould: A vision for Canada

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      Politicians are often quick to say the present election is the most important one. Quite possibly this one is. It is certainly the most important election in my lifetime. 

      The decision we make on October 19 will speak to how we see ourselves as Canadians, the vision we have for Canada, and the kind of country we want to live in and leave to our children and grandchildren. There is a clear choice.

      As Canadians we have much to look forward to. There are great opportunities. We certainly have not reached our full potential. However, like most Canadians, I am deeply concerned about the direction our country has been heading. Harper does not respect our values, and undermines our way of life.  We need to do something about it.  This is why I am running. 

      I am proud to be Aboriginal. I am equally proud to be Canadian. It is our diversity that makes us strong. As a country we have worked hard to realize a vision of an inclusive Canada for all. But we still have work to do. We cannot be complacent. If we are, our prospects, both economic and social, will be diminished.

      As Canadians we are most optimistic about our future when we are confident in the knowledge that we live in a caring and compassionate society, under a legal and political system that protects us and our neighbours, regardless of race, gender, sexual preference, or faith. We need a government that understands this, works for us all, and does not seek to divide us.

      The Liberal Party of Canada has a comprehensive, thoughtful plan for Fairness.  We will restore Canadian integrity based on our Nation’s values, respecting the principle of inclusiveness, and ensuring democratic renewal.  Our plan also includes making historic investments in physical, social and green infrastructure, including transit and affordable housing. Strong and confident countries invest in their future and now is the time to invest in Canada.

      These investments are critical as we plan for climate change; finding balance between protecting the environment and growing the new economy. Keeping in mind that a robust economy is a means to an end and not the end in itself—the end being a better quality of life for all.

      We will not turn our backs on those who need help.  Childcare will be available for those who actually need it. Seniors will be cared for. Jobs and opportunities for young Canadians will increase.  Ultimately our plan will ensure we take care of all Canadians, including the most vulnerable among us. This is the measure by which history will judge any society.

      As we enter the final weeks of this very long campaign, momentum for the Liberal Party’s progressive plan to strengthen the middle class, create jobs, and grow our economy continues to build.  There is a clear choice for Real Change, with only one leader, Justin Trudeau, who is truly ready to lead Canada in meeting the challenges of this generation and preparing for the next.

      The best way to defeat Harper and propel our country forward is to vote for the party with the clearest vision, the strongest plan, and the most accomplished candidates to implement that plan.

      I am ready to be your strong, experienced, and local voice in Vancouver Granville. I am a lawyer, former Crown prosecutor, and have more than ten years of experience in an elected leadership position.  

      Please make your voice count.  With hope and hard work, we can, and will, do better as a country.  This must be our pledge to one another.

      Jody Wilson-Raybould is the Liberal Party candidate for Vancouver-Granville.

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