Joyce Murray has a new supporter for her plan to co-operate with the NDP and Green Party: her son. Dirk Murray Brinkman, Jr
Joyce Murray visited The Huffington Post Canada's office in Toronto on Friday to outline her vision for the future of the
It is clear that, at least for the moment, efforts at cooperation are being thwarted by the NDP and by most of the Liberal leadership candidates. It needs to be mentioned in this context that B.C. MP Joyce Murray stands out as the exception to all the rules. As a contender for Liberal leader, she is advocating many of the same things that I have been doing as leader of the Greens.
Since the 1990s it has become less about who one's grandparents voted for and more about ideas and principles, what a party stands for, as a clearer left-right spectrum has emerged. Liberals can be the party that is not afraid to push the limits of political debate with bold ideas. It is a new political terrain for the party, one that will necessitate a greater need to define what exactly "Liberalism" is.
Today I enter public life as a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. We live in an online world, and it has unlocked a universe of opportunities. Unfortunately, we have a government that sees our online world as a threat. They think everybody who lives in this online world needs to be monitored. One of the cornerstones of my campaign will be a proposed Digital Bill of Rights for all Canadians. Someone has to step up to protect our rights from the excesses of governments.
The point Justin Trudeau, and largely the rest of Canada, has missed is the role British Columbia will play moving forward in Canada. If it's not obvious, it should be by now. With Vancouver MP Joyce Murray announcing her run for leader of the Liberal Party today, it's slowly setting the pace to which B.C. politicians will begin to take a more active role in shaping the country's policy.
I am not an MP, and I do not come from the Ottawa bubble, and I do not believe that Canadians think the job criteria for a politician is being a politician. I want to bring a fresh and new approach to politics, one that is welcoming, inclusive, and values each individual for their contribution. I have recently driven across the country, not flown over it as many politicians tend to do. I have stopped in smaller towns and cities and talked to folks, and actually listened to them. When you do that, you hear what it is that actually concerns Canadians, and it also gives me a chance to share my vision of Canada with them.
What are today's Canadians are looking for in their political leaders? Yes, they look for inspiration and hope for the future; but they expect more than that. I believe what Canadians are looking for is genuine representation. My experience is the Canadian experience. As an immigrant, as a woman, as an entrepreneur, as a proudly "green" Canadian, and as a parent, I am someone who sees the future and seizes it. That's what I want to share with the Party and our country.
The simple answer is that CFIB isn't right-wing or left-wing -- we're pro-small business. In fact, so are all of Canada's mainstream political parties, and (nearly) the entire country. And if you think the idea of Conservatives, Liberals and New Democrats agreeing with each other sounds wild and crazy, you might want to sit down when you read the next paragraph.
MONTEBELLO, Que. — Justin Trudeau may be taking his time deciding whether or not he’ll join the Liberal leadership race, but