COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATISM MEANS “NO ONE LEFT BEHIND”
PRIORITY ONE: As compassionate conservatives, we should boldly declare a war on poverty, substance abuse, insufficient mental health care and unacceptable unemployment rates (7%). Some of Ade’s ideas are:
- Institute an unemployment rate trigger (3% – 5%) for economic immigration and to aggressively cut taxes for the poor.
- A national strategy is needed to better prepare inmates for successful reintegration as productive citizens.
- In addition, a Conservative Government should be committed to accountable partnerships with Aboriginal and First Nations communities to reduce the high school drop out rate to less than 10% in comparison to the current rate. According to the 2012 Assembly of First Nations report 61% of First Nation young adults (20-24) have not completed high school, compared with 13% of non-Aboriginal people in Canada.
- Implement poverty prevention programs for veterans.
PRIORITY TWO: The Conservative Government recently signed a free trade agreement with the European Union, negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and in addition to NAFTA provides other countries with rights and privileges that provinces do not have among themselves. The former Conservative Minister of Industry pegged the cost of the lack of a Canadian inter-provincial free trade agreement at about $50 billion annually. For example, instead of importing oil, we should invest in a technologically advanced environmentally sustainable Canadian oil transportation system. A Canadian Free Trade Agreement means cost savings for every Canadian. Read more: Who Agrees With Ade’s Hydro Interprovincial Free Trade Agreement Policy?
PRIORITY THREE: Reduction of environmental foot print by implementing value for money and new technology solutions. For example, over a period of 26 years Ontario is spending $170 billion on purchasing renewable energy at up to 10 times the market rate. Manitoba, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador have clean hydro in abundance. An agreement such as the TILMA free trade agreement signed by the Western provinces, would reduce costs for Eastern Canadians. Just as NAFTA guarantees states in the USA market rate hydro from any Canadian province, the same guarantee should also be available between provinces. Compassionate Conservatism means that in Canada, affordable hydro should be a human right. An electrical energy free trade protocol in the Federal AIT (Agreement On Internal Trade) is achievable. Read more: Removing Inter-provincial Energy Trade Barriers Creates Jobs. Watch: Ade’s Speech at the Hydro Rally