Is the Libdemo Movement a new political party?
No. We advocate for inter-party policy cooperation between the Liberal Party, the NDP, and the Green Party, as well as the benefits of a unified and viable progressive party created through the unification of the three parties at the federal level. This idea has already been widely discussed and has received support from some prominent political figures.
Why do you include the Green Party?
Talk of unification usually involves only the Liberal Party and the NDP. Libdemo is particularly concerned with environmental issues, so we believe the Green Party should be part of unification to ensure these issues remain priorities.
Why not the Bloc Québécois, which is progressive and received 54% more votes than the Green Party (6% versus 3.9%) in the May 2011 federal election?
Being federalist, the Libdemo Movement believes in a united Canada. A viable national-level party cannot include a separatist wing. We envision a better and more generous Canada — not a fractured one.
Which party’s policies do you support most?
We have no party preference or affiliation as a movement. We appreciate and respect all three parties, and take a constructive approach by highlighting their shared positions as being conducive to unification, as opposed to dwelling on their differences. We believe the positives far outweigh the negatives. We take no official position on individual policy items and prefer to focus the strengths — both common and unique — of the three parties.
What would be the name of the new party, and who would be its leader?
That, of course, would be up to the three parties. Obviously, since we’ve been working on this project for more than a year now, we’ve come up with some ideas, but we’ll be keeping those to ourselves unless, of course, any of the three parties were to ask us. We’ve come up with some ideas that would draw on the best and unique strengths of each party. Since we’re not affiliated with any of the three parties, and closer to everyday voters, we have a valuable outsider perspective.
What do you mean by progressivism?
In general, progressive parties are situated around the centre-left of the political spectrum. Progressives believe in the application of the natural and social sciences in order to develop effective, forward-thinking, and evidence-based public and economic policy, and understand the role of effective and pragmatic government, private enterprise, and social justice in a healthy society. Progressive policy is inherently pragmatic, and open to its own evolution based on social, economic, and scientific change.
Are you an environmental group?
Environmental protection is one of our top concerns. We believe the current Conservative government’s environmental policies are not only regressive but dangerous. We want to see strong, effective, and sustainable environmental policies based on scientific research and evidence, not ideology.
What is your position on proportional representation?
We are not convinced that proportional representation would be an adequate and lasting solution, since it would only address our electoral system, not actual governance and policy, and wouldn’t necessarily lead to sustained cooperation between the parties. Moreover, it does not address the current Harper government and its policies. Proportional representation would typically require governing coalitions that would be prone to continued bickering between the parties, leading to instability in government. We want to see an effective, cooperative, pragmatic, and stable government that will implement progressive policies, and we think this would be best achieved through a lasting and durable unification of the centre-left parties.
What is your position on Senate reform or abolition?
We have no position on Senate reform or abolition. This could be discussed by the three parties during unification negotiations, since we know the Liberals and the New Democrats have opposing views on this issue.
What kind of an organization is Libdemo?
The Libdemo Movement is a not-for-profit organization incorporated by Industry Canada in August 2013. Our founding activities began in the fall of 2012. We have a Board of Directors, including President Patrick Richard, Vice-Presidents Éric Gendron and Alexandre Duquette, Treasurer Denis Côté, and Secretary Kevin Gagné. The average age of our founding Board of Directors is 26 years old.
Who works there?
We have a small paid full-time office staff to work on conceiving and planning our initiatives, researching unification, raising public awareness, managing our social media presence, responding to media inquiries, maintaining and updating our website, and other similar tasks. We also have some casual employees who come in as needed to help with research and office work.
Where are your offices?
We are located in centre-east Montreal, near the Papineau metro station, near the offices of the national media (by appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org). Our bilingual team complements other Canadian organizations concerned about the division of the progressive vote, most of which are located in Ontario. We are also close to the ridings of party leaders Thomas Mulcair (Outremont) and Justin Trudeau (Papineau) — and Ottawa is only 200 kilometres away!
How are you currently funded?
Our start-up expenses were funded by a modest loan from one of our volunteers who believes strongly in increasing civic engagement among youth. We rely on donations from the public and organizations to cover our operating expenses, to pay our small hired staff, and to expand our initiatives.
If Libdemo closes, what will happen to leftover funds?
In case of our dissolution, our funds will be donated to one or several not-for-profit museums or organizations dedicated to the founders and builders of Canada, notably our past Prime Ministers and Governors General.
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