As Liberals wind up their policy debates today, they are crossing their fingers that Canadians have forgotten they were government and had ample opportunity over thirteen years to address the problems they’ve only just now identified.
Here are some of their greatest “hits”:
National Child Care Strategy and Early Childhood Education – Resolutions 3, 41, 55, 79, 85
Apparently the Liberals feel that “Canadians no longer have consistent access to affordable child care” (R. 55), which is interesting because time and again while they were in government they promised to implement a national strategy… but for 13 years they just couldn’t get around to it.
National Housing Strategy – Resolution 162
There were days when Canada had an affordable housing program. However they didn’t survive the Liberal government. The cuts started in 1996 when then Finance Minister Paul Martin downloaded responsibility for housing programs to the provinces, and it`s been all downhill from there.
National Transit Strategy – Resolution 1
It’s almost like the Liberals have forgotten that they were in government for 13 years, or maybe they simply forgot that the transit crisis in Canada is not new, and they had ample opportunity to change the system.
National Health Care Reform – 38, 66, 77, 115, 123,125, 153
Remember when Paul Martin was Finance Minister and he decided it would be a good idea to balance the books on the back of health and social transfers to the provinces? Well the Liberals are really hoping you don’t, because not only are they blaming the current status of health care on Canada on the Conservatives, they’re even trying to undo their own cuts from the 1990s in the form of Health and Social Transfers (Resolution 115).
Aboriginal Issues – Resolutions 4, 11, 12, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 61, 93, 110, 119, 133, 147
The Liberal resolutions start out bad and get worse when it comes to Aboriginal relations in Canada. Despite having 13 years to reverse the detrimental “White Paper” from 1969 that… get this… former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien spearheaded, they didn’t. Nor did they introduce changes to improve drinking water or sanitation for First Nations.
On so many issues, Liberal's love to make promises to win votes -- and then fail to act when they are government.
Canadians deserve better.