Leadership for the 21st Century for all Canadians

After two years of uncertainty and fear; after two years that have created unnecessary divisions among
Canadians; it is time to unite all Canadians. We are now into the second decade of the 21st century. It is time to bring our country into the 21st century. It is time for Canada to become a leader once more.

For Canada’s Conservative movement, this entails building-on existing policies in place that work and eliminating those that do not. It necessitates bold and decisive action for the common purpose: putting
Canadians first.

It requires listening, learning, and leading.

This is what I will endeavor to do.

 

Bobby S. Singh
HBA, HBSc, MBA, MPPAL

RECOVERY & GROWTH

TAX REFORM

The Income Tax Act is outdated and no longer conducive for economic development and growth. Few, if any, Canadians have read the Income Tax Act and even fewer understand its contents. We will try to greatly simplify our tax system – making it more efficient and competitive, much less complex, more equitable – to promote investment in Canada and create jobs.

Some of the areas we need to explore are: possibility of moving to a simple flat tax personal income system; reforming capital gains to encourage investments in start-ups and manufacturing, with the possible elimination of capital gains taxation for investments in the public equity, debt and crypto markets; eliminating corporate taxes for small companies (revenues of less than $5 million per year).

HEALTH CARE

The last two years have taught us that our healthcare system, despite the heroic efforts of all healthcare workers across the country, is in need of an overhaul. We cannot afford in the future to shut down our schools, religious institutions and economy because our healthcare system lacks adequate surge capacity. We cannot abandon Canadians and their families when mental health and addictions plague our communities.

I will work with the provinces and territories and healthcare experts to create and fund a Royal Commission on Healthcare with realistic timelines for completion. Healthcare has to be brought into the 21st century. We need to understand: what we expect the system to provide; how we can achieve these goals efficiently without bankrupting the provinces and territories; how we should fund healthcare in the future; how we can prevent the problems that surfaced during the past two years.

In addition, I will create a $5 billion fund, to be renewed annually, to work with researchers at hospitals and universities across the country, and partner with venture capitalists to create next generation companies that will compete successfully around the world. We have the talent. We need to incentivize and support them.

NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND DEFENCE

The world has changed and so too must Canada’s policy to protect both our national and international interests. This means improving existing strategies to: further secure our borders; protect against cyber attacks on our national institutions; assert our sovereignty in the Arctic.

Nationally, we can no longer be spectators relying on our allies to deliver safety and security. Therefore, we need to increase spending – and improve the existing procurement process – in military and defence. Internationally, we must meet our 2% GDP targets as specified by NATO.
The North should be an integral part of our future. China created the Road and Belt initiative to invest and develop critical infrastructure around the world. We can do the same in our North.

The North has resources, people, talent, and access to the third ocean that borders our country. We will invest in infrastructure – roads, rail, ports, airports, telecom, housing, water and wastewater utilities, and energy generation and distribution. To make our claim for sovereignty in the Arctic credible, we need to invest in the North.

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

Despite numerous Supreme Court decisions that encourage reconciliation and negotiations between Canada and our Indigenous partners, the relationship has not progressed much in the past 50 years. I will convene a conference with the Assembly of First Nations to create a new partnership between Canada and all of the sovereign Indigenous Nations. The Indian Act has to go, and so too a relationship based on paternalism and control.

We will develop the plans with the full participation and support of the Indigenous peoples in the North. They will be our partners. Canada is too wealthy a country to continue to allow substandard housing, costly and environmentally damaging energy sources, and regular boil water advisories in the North. There is no excuse for third world conditions anywhere in Canada.

CLIMATE CHANGE

There are three approaches for dealing with climate change and our international commitments. First, we can ignore them – we will not do this. Second, we can tax and regulate, and in the process fail to meet our commitments and make our economy less competitive in the world – we will not do this. Instead, we will invest in hydropower and nuclear. Canada used to be a global leader in nuclear energy. We have the talent to once more become a leader. Many of our provincial electricity generators are leaders in hydro-power. We will work with them to develop our resources and to build a cross-Canada distribution network.

Furthermore, I will create a $10 billion fund, to be renewed annually, to work with the engineers and companies in the resource sector, engineers and researchers in universities across the country, and partner with venture capitalists to create next generation companies and technologies that will compete successfully around the world. The technologies will reduce the carbon intensity of many activities and prepare Canada and the world to cope with the worst possible scenarios of climate change. We have the talent. We need to incentivize and support them. We need innovative Canadian companies.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

I will create a $5 billion fund to support the creative and entrepreneurial talent in marginalized communities fostering better investment outcomes. This approach will incentivise entrepreneurs and investors to launch start-up companies in Canada instead of elsewhere, addressing the challenges with “brain-drain”, leading to the creation of high-paying and high-quality jobs locally, regionally, and nationally.

I also believe the best approach for dealing with gangs and gun violence is to offer young people the opportunity to succeed by using their talents to create companies that can grow and succeed. We need to develop new role models for young people. We will work with venture capitalists and community leaders in administering this fund and supporting young people.

CRIME

The rise in violent crime in large urban centers and rural communities across the country has created much concern for Canadian families. Therefore, we aim to introduce measures to clampdown on illegal firearms possession and combat against organized crime. We will do so by redirecting investments made in programs that do not necessarily deter gun violence to our underfunded law enforcement agencies and border services to stop smuggling of illegal firearms.

To uphold Canada’s image as an honest and upright country on the global stage, we must address the reality that we have a reputation for being a haven for money laundering. I will work with the provinces to create a national securities agency with adequate levels of funding to be more aggressive in monitoring and discovering fraud. I also will work with the provinces to strengthen the capabilities of various regulatory agencies, including those dealing with real estate agents and lawyers, to enforce our laws. We will not continue to be a safe haven for money laundering.

PROGRAM EVALUATION AND PRIVATIZATION

Airports and ports were created in the past as non-profit organizations. It is time to put an end to this misrepresentation and fully privatize these companies. We have long passed the time for a publicly funded TV and radio network in this country. Privatization will improve firm performance, encourage competition, and increase overall economic growth and development.

My government will take a look at every program and department to determine what makes sense in the 21st century. It makes no sense to perpetuate programs and policies that are long beyond their best before date. These programs and policies should be replaced by ones that will work and are relevant in this century. For example, what should be the roles of our military or the RCMP? What resources will they need to efficiently and effectively fulfill these roles?

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Canada needs strong and competent leadership in Washington and robust international engagement when it comes to advocating for our industries and getting our natural resources out to international markets.

Politically motivated, the United States has engaged in trade protectionism whereby the country is influencing the entry of imports while promoting its exports. For instance, impacted by proposed, unfair tax credits will be the automotive sector. Other interests beyond manufacturing like energy projects and our dairy farmers are sure to follow if President Joe Biden’s “Made in America” legislation is adopted. Make no mistake: this should not be positioned as a partisan political game. This threat requires a concerted diplomatic effort by competent and skilled Canadian stakeholders and policy experts to respond strategically to protect Canada’s trade interests. The status quo won’t cut it.

I intend to enforce all of our trade deals so that Canada benefits from all of them. I am not advocating a return to protectionism. I want our trading partners to abide by the commitments they made in these agreements.

HUMAN RIGHTS

The right of ALL Canadians to practice their faith without discrimination is key to our existence and integral to who we are as Canadians. Freedom of religion and free expression are not only staples of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms but, are fundamentally conservative principles.

As Canadians, we accept that the state has certain limits it must respect when it comes to our individual freedoms. We know it is not up to government to tell us what to think, who to love, what to do, or what to believe. It should not be up to the state then to tell people what they can and can’t wear – especially when it comes to observing their faith, correctly and holistically.

Therefore, as first stated in February 2020 as a Conservative leadership hopeful – what no other leader of a major party in Canada had done – today I am taking a stand once again by announcing I completely and wholeheartedly condemn Quebec’s Bill 21.

I promise if elected Leader of Canada’s Conservative Party, I will insist that Prime Minister Trudeau put immediate pressure on the Quebec government to repeal Bill 21. If elected Prime Minister, I will go even further by personally ensuring that a government led by me takes every appropriate step, within its power, to ensure that the religious rights of minorities in Quebec, and across Canada, are fully respected.

I entered this race because I believe firmly that ALL Canadians, no matter their race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, ability, identity and expression, deserve to be treated with the upmost dignity, honour and respect. All Canadians deserve to see themselves reflected in roles of leadership, responsibility, roles that are respected within and beyond government, and in roles relating to public service. In 2022, let us recognize and give value to the notion that to be it, you have to see it.

By taking a stand against Bill 21, I hope to send a message that rings loud and clear: that in our party, in our country, there is no place for prejudice, there is no room for bigotry. No matter where one may live, from coast to coast to coast, may ALL Canadians stand united.

THE WAR IN UKRAINE

The horrific war in Ukraine has revealed the UN is ineffective, the G20 is ineffective and that NATO has its limits. The Doha Round of the GATT is now in its 20th year without any conclusion in sight. Multilateralism appears to be dead. It is time to create the new institutions for the 21st century.

Canada should take the lead to create a United Nations of Democracies. Membership will be open only to countries rated as free and democratic. Among the responsibilities of this new institution will be the following:

  • Re-create the peace keeping initiatives created by the Right Honourable Lester Pearson.
  • Create a “police force” to pursue and capture anyone who commits a crime against humanity in order to bring such persons before the International Court.
  • Negotiate a new multilateral trade agreement to supplement the GATT and create a body to handle trade disputes.
  • Lead the way in developing and enforcing sanctions on kleptocracies and any leader and country precipitating a war.
  • Create a Marshall-type capability to help develop the poorest members of this Institution.

Leadership for the 21st Century for all Canadians

After two years of uncertainty and fear; after two years that have created unnecessary divisions among
Canadians; it is time to unite all Canadians. We are now into the second decade of the 21st century. It is time to bring our country into the 21st century. It is time for Canada to become a leader once more.

For Canada’s Conservative movement, this entails building-on existing policies in place that work and eliminating those that do not. It necessitates bold and decisive action for the common purpose: putting
Canadians first.

It requires listening, learning, and leading.

This is what I will endeavor to do.

 

Bobby S. Singh
HBA, HBSc, MBA, MPPAL

RECOVERY & GROWTH

TAX REFORM

The Income Tax Act is outdated and no longer conducive for economic development and growth. Few, if any, Canadians have read the Income Tax Act and even fewer understand its contents. We will try to greatly simplify our tax system – making it more efficient and competitive, much less complex, more equitable – to promote investment in Canada and create jobs.

Some of the areas we need to explore are: possibility of moving to a simple flat tax personal income system; reforming capital gains to encourage investments in start-ups and manufacturing, with the possible elimination of capital gains taxation for investments in the public equity, debt and crypto markets; eliminating corporate taxes for small companies (revenues of less than $5 million per year).

HEALTH CARE

The last two years have taught us that our healthcare system, despite the heroic efforts of all healthcare workers across the country, is in need of an overhaul. We cannot afford in the future to shut down our schools, religious institutions and economy because our healthcare system lacks adequate surge capacity. We cannot abandon Canadians and their families when mental health and addictions plague our communities.

I will work with the provinces and territories and healthcare experts to create and fund a Royal Commission on Healthcare with realistic timelines for completion. Healthcare has to be brought into the 21st century. We need to understand: what we expect the system to provide; how we can achieve these goals efficiently without bankrupting the provinces and territories; how we should fund healthcare in the future; how we can prevent the problems that surfaced during the past two years.

In addition, I will create a $5 billion fund, to be renewed annually, to work with researchers at hospitals and universities across the country, and partner with venture capitalists to create next generation companies that will compete successfully around the world. We have the talent. We need to incentivize and support them.

NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND DEFENCE

The world has changed and so too must Canada’s policy to protect both our national and international interests. This means improving existing strategies to: further secure our borders; protect against cyber attacks on our national institutions; assert our sovereignty in the Arctic.

Nationally, we can no longer be spectators relying on our allies to deliver safety and security. Therefore, we need to increase spending – and improve the existing procurement process – in military and defence. Internationally, we must meet our 2% GDP targets as specified by NATO.
The North should be an integral part of our future. China created the Road and Belt initiative to invest and develop critical infrastructure around the world. We can do the same in our North.

The North has resources, people, talent, and access to the third ocean that borders our country. We will invest in infrastructure – roads, rail, ports, airports, telecom, housing, water and wastewater utilities, and energy generation and distribution. To make our claim for sovereignty in the Arctic credible, we need to invest in the North.

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

Despite numerous Supreme Court decisions that encourage reconciliation and negotiations between Canada and our Indigenous partners, the relationship has not progressed much in the past 50 years. I will convene a conference with the Assembly of First Nations to create a new partnership between Canada and all of the sovereign Indigenous Nations. The Indian Act has to go, and so too a relationship based on paternalism and control.

We will develop the plans with the full participation and support of the Indigenous peoples in the North. They will be our partners. Canada is too wealthy a country to continue to allow substandard housing, costly and environmentally damaging energy sources, and regular boil water advisories in the North. There is no excuse for third world conditions anywhere in Canada.

CLIMATE CHANGE

There are three approaches for dealing with climate change and our international commitments. First, we can ignore them – we will not do this. Second, we can tax and regulate, and in the process fail to meet our commitments and make our economy less competitive in the world – we will not do this. Instead, we will invest in hydropower and nuclear. Canada used to be a global leader in nuclear energy. We have the talent to once more become a leader. Many of our provincial electricity generators are leaders in hydro-power. We will work with them to develop our resources and to build a cross-Canada distribution network.

Furthermore, I will create a $10 billion fund, to be renewed annually, to work with the engineers and companies in the resource sector, engineers and researchers in universities across the country, and partner with venture capitalists to create next generation companies and technologies that will compete successfully around the world. The technologies will reduce the carbon intensity of many activities and prepare Canada and the world to cope with the worst possible scenarios of climate change. We have the talent. We need to incentivize and support them. We need innovative Canadian companies.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

I will create a $5 billion fund to support the creative and entrepreneurial talent in marginalized communities fostering better investment outcomes. This approach will incentivise entrepreneurs and investors to launch start-up companies in Canada instead of elsewhere, addressing the challenges with “brain-drain”, leading to the creation of high-paying and high-quality jobs locally, regionally, and nationally.

I also believe the best approach for dealing with gangs and gun violence is to offer young people the opportunity to succeed by using their talents to create companies that can grow and succeed. We need to develop new role models for young people. We will work with venture capitalists and community leaders in administering this fund and supporting young people.

CRIME

The rise in violent crime in large urban centers and rural communities across the country has created much concern for Canadian families. Therefore, we aim to introduce measures to clampdown on illegal firearms possession and combat against organized crime. We will do so by redirecting investments made in programs that do not necessarily deter gun violence to our underfunded law enforcement agencies and border services to stop smuggling of illegal firearms.

To uphold Canada’s image as an honest and upright country on the global stage, we must address the reality that we have a reputation for being a haven for money laundering. I will work with the provinces to create a national securities agency with adequate levels of funding to be more aggressive in monitoring and discovering fraud. I also will work with the provinces to strengthen the capabilities of various regulatory agencies, including those dealing with real estate agents and lawyers, to enforce our laws. We will not continue to be a safe haven for money laundering.

PROGRAM EVALUATION AND PRIVATIZATION

Airports and ports were created in the past as non-profit organizations. It is time to put an end to this misrepresentation and fully privatize these companies. We have long passed the time for a publicly funded TV and radio network in this country. Privatization will improve firm performance, encourage competition, and increase overall economic growth and development.

My government will take a look at every program and department to determine what makes sense in the 21st century. It makes no sense to perpetuate programs and policies that are long beyond their best before date. These programs and policies should be replaced by ones that will work and are relevant in this century. For example, what should be the roles of our military or the RCMP? What resources will they need to efficiently and effectively fulfill these roles?

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Canada needs strong and competent leadership in Washington and robust international engagement when it comes to advocating for our industries and getting our natural resources out to international markets.

Politically motivated, the United States has engaged in trade protectionism whereby the country is influencing the entry of imports while promoting its exports. For instance, impacted by proposed, unfair tax credits will be the automotive sector. Other interests beyond manufacturing like energy projects and our dairy farmers are sure to follow if President Joe Biden’s “Made in America” legislation is adopted. Make no mistake: this should not be positioned as a partisan political game. This threat requires a concerted diplomatic effort by competent and skilled Canadian stakeholders and policy experts to respond strategically to protect Canada’s trade interests. The status quo won’t cut it.

I intend to enforce all of our trade deals so that Canada benefits from all of them. I am not advocating a return to protectionism. I want our trading partners to abide by the commitments they made in these agreements.

HUMAN RIGHTS

The right of ALL Canadians to practice their faith without discrimination is key to our existence and integral to who we are as Canadians. Freedom of religion and free expression are not only staples of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms but, are fundamentally conservative principles.

As Canadians, we accept that the state has certain limits it must respect when it comes to our individual freedoms. We know it is not up to government to tell us what to think, who to love, what to do, or what to believe. It should not be up to the state then to tell people what they can and can’t wear – especially when it comes to observing their faith, correctly and holistically.

Therefore, as first stated in February 2020 as a Conservative leadership hopeful – what no other leader of a major party in Canada had done – today I am taking a stand once again by announcing I completely and wholeheartedly condemn Quebec’s Bill 21.

I promise if elected Leader of Canada’s Conservative Party, I will insist that Prime Minister Trudeau put immediate pressure on the Quebec government to repeal Bill 21. If elected Prime Minister, I will go even further by personally ensuring that a government led by me takes every appropriate step, within its power, to ensure that the religious rights of minorities in Quebec, and across Canada, are fully respected.

I entered this race because I believe firmly that ALL Canadians, no matter their race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, ability, identity and expression, deserve to be treated with the upmost dignity, honour and respect. All Canadians deserve to see themselves reflected in roles of leadership, responsibility, roles that are respected within and beyond government, and in roles relating to public service. In 2022, let us recognize and give value to the notion that to be it, you have to see it.

By taking a stand against Bill 21, I hope to send a message that rings loud and clear: that in our party, in our country, there is no place for prejudice, there is no room for bigotry. No matter where one may live, from coast to coast to coast, may ALL Canadians stand united.

THE WAR IN UKRAINE

The horrific war in Ukraine has revealed the UN is ineffective, the G20 is ineffective and that NATO has its limits. The Doha Round of the GATT is now in its 20th year without any conclusion in sight. Multilateralism appears to be dead. It is time to create the new institutions for the 21st century.

Canada should take the lead to create a United Nations of Democracies. Membership will be open only to countries rated as free and democratic. Among the responsibilities of this new institution will be the following:

  • Re-create the peace keeping initiatives created by the Right Honourable Lester Pearson.
  • Create a “police force” to pursue and capture anyone who commits a crime against humanity in order to bring such persons before the International Court.
  • Negotiate a new multilateral trade agreement to supplement the GATT and create a body to handle trade disputes.
  • Lead the way in developing and enforcing sanctions on kleptocracies and any leader and country precipitating a war.
  • Create a Marshall-type capability to help develop the poorest members of this Institution.

Leadership for the 21st Century for all Canadians

After two years of uncertainty and fear; after two years that have created unnecessary divisions among
Canadians; it is time to unite all Canadians. We are now into the second decade of the 21st century. It is time to bring our country into the 21st century. It is time for Canada to become a leader once more.

For Canada’s Conservative movement, this entails building-on existing policies in place that work and eliminating those that do not. It necessitates bold and decisive action for the common purpose: putting
Canadians first.

It requires listening, learning, and leading.

This is what I will endeavor to do.

 

Bobby S. Singh
HBA, HBSc, MBA, MPPAL

RECOVERY & GROWTH

TAX REFORM

The Income Tax Act is outdated and no longer conducive for economic development and growth. Few, if any, Canadians have read the Income Tax Act and even fewer understand its contents. We will try to greatly simplify our tax system – making it more efficient and competitive, much less complex, more equitable – to promote investment in Canada and create jobs.

Some of the areas we need to explore are: possibility of moving to a simple flat tax personal income system; reforming capital gains to encourage investments in start-ups and manufacturing, with the possible elimination of capital gains taxation for investments in the public equity, debt and crypto markets; eliminating corporate taxes for small companies (revenues of less than $5 million per year).

HEALTH CARE

The last two years have taught us that our healthcare system, despite the heroic efforts of all healthcare workers across the country, is in need of an overhaul. We cannot afford in the future to shut down our schools, religious institutions and economy because our healthcare system lacks adequate surge capacity. We cannot abandon Canadians and their families when mental health and addictions plague our communities.

I will work with the provinces and territories and healthcare experts to create and fund a Royal Commission on Healthcare with realistic timelines for completion. Healthcare has to be brought into the 21st century. We need to understand: what we expect the system to provide; how we can achieve these goals efficiently without bankrupting the provinces and territories; how we should fund healthcare in the future; how we can prevent the problems that surfaced during the past two years.

In addition, I will create a $5 billion fund, to be renewed annually, to work with researchers at hospitals and universities across the country, and partner with venture capitalists to create next generation companies that will compete successfully around the world. We have the talent. We need to incentivize and support them.

NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND DEFENCE

The world has changed and so too must Canada’s policy to protect both our national and international interests. This means improving existing strategies to: further secure our borders; protect against cyber attacks on our national institutions; assert our sovereignty in the Arctic.

Nationally, we can no longer be spectators relying on our allies to deliver safety and security. Therefore, we need to increase spending – and improve the existing procurement process – in military and defence. Internationally, we must meet our 2% GDP targets as specified by NATO.
The North should be an integral part of our future. China created the Road and Belt initiative to invest and develop critical infrastructure around the world. We can do the same in our North.

The North has resources, people, talent, and access to the third ocean that borders our country. We will invest in infrastructure – roads, rail, ports, airports, telecom, housing, water and wastewater utilities, and energy generation and distribution. To make our claim for sovereignty in the Arctic credible, we need to invest in the North.

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

Despite numerous Supreme Court decisions that encourage reconciliation and negotiations between Canada and our Indigenous partners, the relationship has not progressed much in the past 50 years. I will convene a conference with the Assembly of First Nations to create a new partnership between Canada and all of the sovereign Indigenous Nations. The Indian Act has to go, and so too a relationship based on paternalism and control.

We will develop the plans with the full participation and support of the Indigenous peoples in the North. They will be our partners. Canada is too wealthy a country to continue to allow substandard housing, costly and environmentally damaging energy sources, and regular boil water advisories in the North. There is no excuse for third world conditions anywhere in Canada.

CLIMATE CHANGE

There are three approaches for dealing with climate change and our international commitments. First, we can ignore them – we will not do this. Second, we can tax and regulate, and in the process fail to meet our commitments and make our economy less competitive in the world – we will not do this. Instead, we will invest in hydropower and nuclear. Canada used to be a global leader in nuclear energy. We have the talent to once more become a leader. Many of our provincial electricity generators are leaders in hydro-power. We will work with them to develop our resources and to build a cross-Canada distribution network.

Furthermore, I will create a $10 billion fund, to be renewed annually, to work with the engineers and companies in the resource sector, engineers and researchers in universities across the country, and partner with venture capitalists to create next generation companies and technologies that will compete successfully around the world. The technologies will reduce the carbon intensity of many activities and prepare Canada and the world to cope with the worst possible scenarios of climate change. We have the talent. We need to incentivize and support them. We need innovative Canadian companies.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

I will create a $5 billion fund to support the creative and entrepreneurial talent in marginalized communities fostering better investment outcomes. This approach will incentivise entrepreneurs and investors to launch start-up companies in Canada instead of elsewhere, addressing the challenges with “brain-drain”, leading to the creation of high-paying and high-quality jobs locally, regionally, and nationally.

I also believe the best approach for dealing with gangs and gun violence is to offer young people the opportunity to succeed by using their talents to create companies that can grow and succeed. We need to develop new role models for young people. We will work with venture capitalists and community leaders in administering this fund and supporting young people.

CRIME

The rise in violent crime in large urban centers and rural communities across the country has created much concern for Canadian families. Therefore, we aim to introduce measures to clampdown on illegal firearms possession and combat against organized crime. We will do so by redirecting investments made in programs that do not necessarily deter gun violence to our underfunded law enforcement agencies and border services to stop smuggling of illegal firearms.

To uphold Canada’s image as an honest and upright country on the global stage, we must address the reality that we have a reputation for being a haven for money laundering. I will work with the provinces to create a national securities agency with adequate levels of funding to be more aggressive in monitoring and discovering fraud. I also will work with the provinces to strengthen the capabilities of various regulatory agencies, including those dealing with real estate agents and lawyers, to enforce our laws. We will not continue to be a safe haven for money laundering.

PROGRAM EVALUATION AND PRIVATIZATION

Airports and ports were created in the past as non-profit organizations. It is time to put an end to this misrepresentation and fully privatize these companies. We have long passed the time for a publicly funded TV and radio network in this country. Privatization will improve firm performance, encourage competition, and increase overall economic growth and development.

My government will take a look at every program and department to determine what makes sense in the 21st century. It makes no sense to perpetuate programs and policies that are long beyond their best before date. These programs and policies should be replaced by ones that will work and are relevant in this century. For example, what should be the roles of our military or the RCMP? What resources will they need to efficiently and effectively fulfill these roles?

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Canada needs strong and competent leadership in Washington and robust international engagement when it comes to advocating for our industries and getting our natural resources out to international markets.

Politically motivated, the United States has engaged in trade protectionism whereby the country is influencing the entry of imports while promoting its exports. For instance, impacted by proposed, unfair tax credits will be the automotive sector. Other interests beyond manufacturing like energy projects and our dairy farmers are sure to follow if President Joe Biden’s “Made in America” legislation is adopted. Make no mistake: this should not be positioned as a partisan political game. This threat requires a concerted diplomatic effort by competent and skilled Canadian stakeholders and policy experts to respond strategically to protect Canada’s trade interests. The status quo won’t cut it.

I intend to enforce all of our trade deals so that Canada benefits from all of them. I am not advocating a return to protectionism. I want our trading partners to abide by the commitments they made in these agreements.

HUMAN RIGHTS

The right of ALL Canadians to practice their faith without discrimination is key to our existence and integral to who we are as Canadians. Freedom of religion and free expression are not only staples of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms but, are fundamentally conservative principles.

As Canadians, we accept that the state has certain limits it must respect when it comes to our individual freedoms. We know it is not up to government to tell us what to think, who to love, what to do, or what to believe. It should not be up to the state then to tell people what they can and can’t wear – especially when it comes to observing their faith, correctly and holistically.

Therefore, as first stated in February 2020 as a Conservative leadership hopeful – what no other leader of a major party in Canada had done – today I am taking a stand once again by announcing I completely and wholeheartedly condemn Quebec’s Bill 21.

I promise if elected Leader of Canada’s Conservative Party, I will insist that Prime Minister Trudeau put immediate pressure on the Quebec government to repeal Bill 21. If elected Prime Minister, I will go even further by personally ensuring that a government led by me takes every appropriate step, within its power, to ensure that the religious rights of minorities in Quebec, and across Canada, are fully respected.

I entered this race because I believe firmly that ALL Canadians, no matter their race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, ability, identity and expression, deserve to be treated with the upmost dignity, honour and respect. All Canadians deserve to see themselves reflected in roles of leadership, responsibility, roles that are respected within and beyond government, and in roles relating to public service. In 2022, let us recognize and give value to the notion that to be it, you have to see it.

By taking a stand against Bill 21, I hope to send a message that rings loud and clear: that in our party, in our country, there is no place for prejudice, there is no room for bigotry. No matter where one may live, from coast to coast to coast, may ALL Canadians stand united.

THE WAR IN UKRAINE

The horrific war in Ukraine has revealed the UN is ineffective, the G20 is ineffective and that NATO has its limits. The Doha Round of the GATT is now in its 20th year without any conclusion in sight. Multilateralism appears to be dead. It is time to create the new institutions for the 21st century.

Canada should take the lead to create a United Nations of Democracies. Membership will be open only to countries rated as free and democratic. Among the responsibilities of this new institution will be the following:

  • Re-create the peace keeping initiatives created by the Right Honourable Lester Pearson.
  • Create a “police force” to pursue and capture anyone who commits a crime against humanity in order to bring such persons before the International Court.
  • Negotiate a new multilateral trade agreement to supplement the GATT and create a body to handle trade disputes.
  • Lead the way in developing and enforcing sanctions on kleptocracies and any leader and country precipitating a war.
  • Create a Marshall-type capability to help develop the poorest members of this Institution.