Our Guiding Principles

At Bold Canadian, we strongly promote and support the below initiatives and public policy to help build a better and more inclusive Canada.

 

Creating a Fair and Inclusive Canada

  • Protecting Canadian democracy.
    • Reforming Canada’s electoral system through mixed member proportional representation.
    • Investing in public education addressing democracy and politics.
    • Lowering the legal voting age to 16 years.
    • Abolishing the unelected Senate.
    • Policing lobbyists to make Parliament more accountable.
  • Using political means to protect human rights in Canada.
    • Supporting the UN Declaration of Human Rights and guaranteeing individual, economic, social and cultural rights for all Canadians.
    • Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
    • Ensuring that food is recognized as a fundamental human right and that all Canadians should have access to adequate amounts of quality, healthy food.
  • Protecting women’s rights.
    • Promoting women’s economic equality by ensuring pay equity and improving parental leave benefits.
    • Working to end violence against women by investing in prevention, education, and improving access to justice and protection of victims’ rights.
    • Guaranteeing that abortion is fully funded and universally accessible.
    • Increasing funding to expand access to shelter and transition houses to support women escaping violence.
  • Protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community.
    • Working to end discrimination against LGBTQ persons.
    • The inclusion of gender identity and expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act.
    • Strengthening laws against hate propaganda and hate crimes.
    • Eliminating discrimination in the justice system based on sexual orientation or identity.
  • Protecting the rights of indigenous peoples.
    • Investing in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities with a strong focus on supporting traditional economies, health and social services, education, housing, and recreation.
    • Ensuring that First Nations, Metis and Inuit children and students have the right to equal educational opportunity throughout elementary and secondary school and receive funding in order to obtain post-secondary education at levels consistent with other Canadians.
  • Protecting Veterans’ rights.
    • Enhancement of Veterans rights so that principles of fair treatment will guide future legislation, programs and services for Canadian Forces and RCMP veterans and their families.
    • Enhancing Veterans rights so that they have access to Veterans hospitals throughout Canada for both physical and mental care, and that veterans programs and services are kept current and quickly respond to gaps in veterans’ care.

 

Supporting Progressive Public Policy

  • Building a society in which all Canadians have the opportunity to meet their full potential.
    • Strengthening multiculturalism policies as a tool of integration.
    • A progressive tax system that includes tax reductions for middle class, working families, and the poor.
    • Support for public health care and the right of all Canadians to universal access.
    • Supporting a national strategy to eliminate poverty in Canada through the enhancement of welfare programs, including a clear definition and measurement of poverty.
    • Creating a plan to identify those at a greater risk of living in poverty such as aboriginal status, low wages, immigration or refugee status, low education and illness and disability.
    • The creation of specific strategies to address homelessness.
    • Protecting workers’ rights to bargain collectively, work safely, and receive fair wages and benefits.
    • Guaranteed equal pay for work of equal value.
    • Enforcing a fair minimum wage for all workers.
    • Making EI benefits more flexible and generous.
    • Ensuring financial security for Canadian Forces and RCMP veterans and their families by enhancing their pensions and providing greater support to homeless or at risk veterans.

 

Tackling Climate Change Through Green Energy Initiatives

  • Building a clean and sustainable Canada.
    • Reshaping energy policy for the 21st century requires moving away from fossil-fuel dependence and investing in green energy such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal sources.
    • Providing support and training to workers in industries affected by a transition to a cleaner energy economy.
    • Ensuring access to safe drinking water for all Canadians as a basic human right.
    • Protecting our supply of fresh water by excluding it from privatization and international trade agreements.
    • Investing in public transportation.
    • Encouraging ecologically-sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Canada as an example of green leadership in the world.
    • Taking leadership internationally to prevent environmental damage to the planet.
    • Adhering to international agreements to reverse and/or mitigate the effects of climate change.
    • The establishment of agreements that place the environment and climate change at the centre of a sustainable global economy.

 

Reestablishing Canada’s Place in the World

  • Using political means to protect human rights around the globe.
    • Prioritizing support for those facing persecution, including refugees, minorities, women, and victims of genocide.
    • The support of global strategies to combat famine and future food and water crisis.
    • Promoting peace building and peacekeeping as our military priorities.
    • Reform of the United Nations with the guarantee of only participating in United Nations mandated operations.
    • The support of international efforts to promote nuclear disarmament.
  • Ensuring the rights of immigrants and refugees.
    • Promoting the reunification of families as the main priority of Canadian immigration policy.
    • Supporting the annual immigration level of 1% of the population.