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Kingston and the Islands 2014 Policy Resolutions

Political parties should reflect the values of their members.  Those values come to the fore during the policy debates at national conventions.  We in Kingston and the Islands have traditionally been strong contributors to those debates.

Like all federal Liberal ridings associations, we are eligible to submit five resolutions into the Liberal Party of Canada policy process leading to the February 2014 Biennial Convention in Montreal. The first step in that process was to solicit policy ideas from our members and supporters, which they distilled into formal resolutions.

The five resolutions listed below were selected by our members at an open policy prioritization meeting held in Kingston on Wednesday October 16th. A diverse group of thirty policy-interested Liberals came together for an animated but always respectful and collegial debate to choose five out of a list of thirteen proposed resolutions which had been developed by our members over the preceding months.  To view the text of any of those resolutions in PDF form, just click on the corresponding link below:

  1. Climate Change Action
  2. Implementation of a Universal Early Childhood
    Education and Care Program
  3. Old Age Security Eligibility and Fiscal Responsibility
  4. Prison Overcrowding
  5. The Public’s Right to Access Information

The next step in the process was a regional policy prioritization meeting of the fifteen Eastern Ontario riding associations which was held in Carleton Place on November 9th. That meeting debated some fifty resolutions submitted by all those ridings and selected the top ten to advance to the Ontario-wide policy prioritization meeting scheduled for November 23rd here in Kingston, along with those submitted by the other five Ontario regions. That meeting will in turn choose Ontario’s top ten for debate at the Convention.

Four of the five Kingston and the Islands resolutions were voted to be included in the Eastern Region top ten, and two of them were prioritized in first and second place respectively.  The prioritized list is as follows:

Rank

Title

Riding Association

1

Implementation of a Universal Early Childhood Education

Kingston and the Islands

2

The Public’s Right to Access Information

Kingston and the Islands

3

Youth Mental Health (as amended)

Nepean—Carleton

4

National Drug Benefit Plan

Northumberland—Quinte West

5

National Housing Action Plan

Nepean—Carleton

6

Prison Overcrowding

Kingston and the Islands

7

An Innovation Strategy for Canada (as amended)

Ottawa West—Nepean; Ottawa Centre

8

Climate Change Action

Kingston and the Islands

9-10

Democratic Reform (as amended)

Ottawa West—Nepean; Ottawa—Vanier

9-10

Federal Promotion of Canadian Science (as amended)

Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke;

Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington

9-10

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (as amended)

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell;

Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke