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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:09 am    Post subject: Liberal Party policy resolutions Reply with quote

This is apparently a list of policy resolutions to be considered at the Liberal's Seinfeld convention in Vancouver: LINK (pdf)
Lots of baffelgab; their policy documents sure read very differently than ours. A lot of very vague, positive sounding motherhood type statements, but the odd bit of red meat makes i's way in, such as:

* the creation of a Department of Rural Affairs (shudder, pg 6)
* proposing a national electricity grid and a single service provider for that grid (pg 11)
* creating a National Water Commission to plan the use of potable water across Canada (pg 14)
* a call for more protectionist agriculture legislation on page 17
* the use of 'fiscal incentives' to promote profit-sharing models in private buisiness (pg 18 )
* integrating home care, mental health, and vision and dental care into the Canada Health Act (pg 21)

But the real doozy is the CHRC proposal, excerpted below:
Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec) wrote:
124. Human Rights Commission
WHEREAS visible minorities, refugees, women, seniors and children are subject to discrimination and injustice that is not addressed by federal legislation;
Canada has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, without adopting an overall policy reflecting its commitments;
the Immigration and Refugee Board has not established the Refugee Appeals Division required by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
the country does not have a federal office monitoring the implementation of its national and international commitments;
WHEREAS the CHRC has a limited mandate that does not include the power to reprimand or prosecute and federal responsibility for human rights is divided among several non-centralized government agencies;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the next government to ensure that:
the mandate of the CHRC is expanded to include type of citizenship status and socio-economic class as a ground of discrimination;
all legislative bodies, needs and recommendations for the protection of human rights be centralized in the CHRC;
the CHRC be given the power to monitor the implementation of our commitments and obligations to enforce its recommendations;

the CHRC be accountable to the House of Commons and be given an appropriate budget;
the CHRC put in place temporary or standing sub-commissions such as a sub-commission for children and a sub-commission for gender equity and equality.

I sincerely hope this resolution is adopted by the Liberals; it's more or less handing us a giant wedge.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's hard to make it into a wedge when we haven't done anything with the current CHRC or HR Act.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is true. The Harper government has done nothing on this issue yet.

Looks like the Liberals are turning into protectionists again!
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