When did the Liberal Party become disconnected with the will of Canadians? What has occured over the last decade to the party of Laurier, Pearson, Trudeau?
The Liberals inherited the mandate to govern for nearly 13 years, taking advantage of a split right centre vote, a growing global economy and a desire for change from the PC government led by Brian Mulroney.
What is the legacy of those thirten years under Chretien/Martin? Most Canadians and Liberals don't know.
Some Liberals take pride in those years of balancing the budget but today some of those Liberals acknowledge they were done on the backs of the taxpayers and provinces through significant cuts in transfers to provinces in the areas of Health, Education and Social Services. They went too far.
The Neo-Liberals cuts were estimated over $ 25 Billion. The Liberal also made significant changes to the EI program resulting in disqualifying large numbers of Canadians from collecting benefits in large urban centres in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta. They also made sustantial cuts in a review of Government services: $ 11 Billion those included food safety, duplicate meat inspection (federal, provincial), nuclear programs: isotope supply, the military.
The Auditor General found serious problems with many programs managed under the Liberal led government and had many restrictions kept in place to remove her capacity to audit the government including Crown Corporations.
The Supreme Court ruled 7-0, the Government under the Liberals acted illegally by raising taxes on the taxpayers without representation in the HOC.
The Neo-Liberals promised to restore funding in many areas they had previously cut led by Paul Martin in an attempt to remain in power in 2004.
The will of the Canadians did not allow the Liberals to remain in power. Since their loss in 2006 the Liberal Party has continued to drift and lose support across Canada.
In October 2008 the Liberal Party suffered the worst defeat in pop in over 100 years. Why do they simply replace the leader and believe they are fit to return to power?
Federal election 2008: Digging into numbers shows some surprises Oct 15th, 2008 by Michael Shapcott
GREATER TORONTO: In Toronto, the electoral system favoured the Liberals. They earned less than half the popular vote (43.6%), but received three-quarters of the seats in Parliament (76.2%). The Conservatives earned one out of every three votes in Toronto (33.5%), but received less than one-in-five of the Parliamentary seats (19.1%). New Democrats attracted 15.1% of the votes, but only received 4.8% of the seats.
Conservative support is on the rise in the GTA, but star candidate and former Afghan ambassador Chris Alexander still faces a fierce battle against incumbent Liberal MP Mark Holland.
By Harris MacLeod The Hill Times
An Ekos poll that came out last week indicated the Tories were picking up support in Toronto, which has traditionally been a bedrock of support for the Liberals, although in the last few elections the Conservatives have managed to pick up a few seats in suburban areas of the GTA. The poll had the Tories leading in Toronto with nearly 42 per cent support, compared with 37 per cent for the Liberals. The margin of error is 6.2 percentage points, however, because of the smaller sample size, but the trend suggests the Conservatives have become more competitive in the city.
Of the GTA's 47 seats, the Liberals hold 32, the Conservatives have 13, and two ridings are held by the NDP.
In September 2009 we are witness to another internal party struggle to replace the leader who has been unable to gain traction against the government during the worst recession since the 1930's that has seen the G20 step in to avoid the collapse of global markets.
The Liberal Party of Canada refuses to introduce any substantive Policy alternatives and challenge the current government but have promised to withdraw support confidence of the government before examining any Bill.
Markets up on employment data, Bombardier
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The number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits in Canada declined 3.8% in July compared with June for a total of 787,700, Statistics Canada reported Monday. It was the first monthly decline since August, 2008.