Grassroots Liberal, Director of Communications & Development at Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation
Jesse Helmer is a grassroots Liberal committed to renewing the Liberal Party. He is Director, Communications & Development at the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, which grants Loran Awards worth up to $80,000 to young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership potential. He blogs at www.helmer.ca and is on Twitter @jesse_helmer.
The point is not that specific credits or programs should be replaced or specific tax increases should be adopted -- but that it will take change on this scale to introduce a basic income that will make a real difference in terms of poverty. If we are serious about reducing poverty, we must confront these choices head on.
With news last week that that the Liberal Party of Canada has 294K supporters who may be eligible to vote in the upcoming leadership election and a public opinion poll showing the Liberals in second place, the sun is shining on federal Liberals. But we should not get carried away in our celebrations.
We can fracture the coalition of Conservative supporters and draw many of them to the Liberal Party if we put liberty back at the centre of our agenda for reform. But it will take guts and perseverance to do so. I believe that we can do it with Martha Hall Findlay as our leader.
At this week's Liberal Party convention, my fellow delegates need to confront the uncomfortable causes of our party's steady decline over the past decade. We must acknowledge that we have a serious, self-inflicted credibility problem.