The Libdemo Movement advocates for the creation of a “big-tent” progressive party at the federal level. Formed by the unification of the New Democratic, Liberal, and Green parties, this new party could become Canada’s “natural governing party” for the 21st century, much like the Liberal Party was in the 20th century.
We’ve come a long way — but there’s lots more to do, and we’re going to need your help.
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS SO FAR:
December 2012 to September 2013: First discussions between friends interested in history, the environment, and politics in the fall of 2012. Discussions become meetings on progressive unification and the possibility of starting a citizens’ movement to advocate for this. Incorporation with Industry Canada as a not-for-profit organization in August 2013. Constitutive meeting of Board of Directors in September 2013.
June 2013: Letters of intent on unification by Libdemo initiator Patrick Richard sent to the three party leaders, Tom Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, and Elizabeth May.
July 2013: Opening of a large office in centre-east Montreal, steps from the offices of national media outlets. Decoration of office in the themes and colours of the three parties, including a mural depicting the history of the Liberal Party (in French only).
August to September 2013: Research on the division of the Liberal-NDP-Green vote in the May 2011 federal election. Calculations of the electoral potential of a hypothetical unified party. Research and preparation of a document outlining common ground between the three parties and contrasting these with Conservative policies.
September 2013: Adoption of a two-year action plan based on our objective of promoting progressivism and liberal democracy, particularly among youth and young adults, with a special focus on the environment and social justice.
September 2013: Creation of a preliminary website, English and French Facebook pages, and a Twitter account.
October 3, 2013: Issue of first press release (via CNW and the Parliamentary Press Gallery) to introduce the Libdemo Movement and raise awareness of the issue of vote-splitting between the three opposition parties.
Fall 2013: Publication of three columns by our political sociologist, Peter Nicoll, on the well-reputed Loonie Politics website. These allowed us to reach tens of thousands of Canadians interested in federal politics.
Fall 2013: Initiation of discussions with prominent Canadians who have expressed their support for inter-party cooperation and progressive unification.
November 2013: Overhaul of our website in order to provide a more comprehensive and interactive source of information on, and arguments in favour of, inter-party cooperation and progressive unification.
October 2013 to March 2014: At the provincial level, a campaign to unify the Quebec Liberal Party and the Coalition avenir Québec in order to maintain Canadian unity. We believe that Quebecers have an honourable place in the Canadian family, and benefit from staying there.
March 29, 2014: Distribution of a second press release (in French only) on voter participation in the April 7 Quebec provincial election and our campaign to unify the Quebec Liberal Party and the Coalition avenir Québec.
May 23, 2014: Open letter to our progressive friends in Ontario, titled "The incredible division of progressives: the Conservatives' great pleasure." Published on the Loonie Politics blog.
August 1, 2014: We requested an interview with the Governor General of Canada (the Right Honourable David Johnston) to congratulate him on his good work, and to discuss his thoughts on the possible increase in responsibilities of the role of Governor General in the future.
September 17, 2014: The Governor General expressed his warmest greetings but unfortunately had to refuse our interview request because of his busy schedule. His Excellence conveyed his regrets, but wished us the best of luck and thanked us for our request.
November 2014: We corresponded with the federal MPs of the New Democratic, Liberal and Green parties to raise awareness about the anticipated unification of these political parties.
December 2014: We corresponded with the provincial MLAs of the New Democratic and Green parties in British Columbia, to raise awareness of our organisation and projects.
January 2015: We corresponded with the provincial MLAs of the New Democratic and Liberal parties in Alberta, to raise awareness of our organisation and projects.
Note: This page is not a comprehensive list of our initiatives; some projects have been omitted out of courtesy, confidentiality or strategic reasons, while other projects are too premature to reveal. Please accept our apologies.
PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN OR PLANNED (based on current and future funding):
Increasing public awareness on the division of the progressive vote and the advantages of a unified centre-left party through the media and influential public figures.
Continuing our research on inter-party unification (including successful party unifications both in Canada and in other countries) in order to broaden evidence-based arguments for unification.
Planning and implementing a campaign that will target the highly progressive 18-to-34 demographic, particularly the younger university student cohort, to raise awareness of vote-splitting on the centre-left and the importance of a unified federal progressive party for their future.
Continuing to establish communications with well-known political figures to get their opinions on unification (and, if possible, their endorsement).
Meeting with several NDP and Liberal MPs to inform them of the advantages of unification.
Raising awareness among environmental groups on the true impact of the Green Party on environmental dossiers and on election results.
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