Liberal Leadership Report

Together, we are calling on the Liberals, NDP and Greens to cooperate in key ridings to defeat Stephen Harper’s government, and then work together in Parliament to pass electoral reforms, protect our environment and build a more fair economy. (Learn more.)

Amazingly, tens of thousands have already responded to the Cooperate for Canada campaign by signing up to the NDP, Liberals or Greens to support cooperation for electoral reform in key votes within the parties. That response shows there are thousands of Canadians who will get involved to vote for this idea.

The following chart is a summary of the responses from candidates who replied to our survey – Deborah Coyne, Karen McCrimmon, Joyce Murray and Justin Trudeau. We did not receive responses from Martha Hall Findlay or Martin Cauchon. We also received more detailed responses from the candidates, which deserve a read (you can find them below) and we’ve put together a snazzy chart that you can print and share.

Our Questions to the Candidates

Right now, the Liberal Party is holding a leadership election. We asked the Liberal leadership candidates for their positions on cooperation, electoral reform, climate change and inequality. The following is a summary of their responses that you can use to inform your vote. Last year, we asked the NDP leadership candidates about their positions on cooperation and electoral reform.

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Deborah Coyne
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Justin Trudeau
Cooperation – Do you support cooperating with the NDP and Greens before the next election to defeat Stephen Harper’s government? Coyne does not support pre-electoral cooperation. McCrimmon does not support pre-electoral cooperation. Murray is the only candidate who supports pre-electoral cooperation. Trudeau does not support pre-electoral cooperation.
Electoral reform – Do you support changing the voting system and will you work with other parties to achieve this goal? Coyne supports proportional representation or a preferential ballot. She would appoint expert panel to choose, and hold a referendum. She would campaign on this issue and work with other parties. McCrimmon is open to electoral reform, promises to consult constitutional experts and public to pick an option. She would campaign on this issue and work with other parties. Murray supports proportional representation. She would campaign on this issue, and cooperate with other parties to pass reform early in new government. Trudeau supports a preferential ballot voting system.  He would campaign on this issue and work with other parties.
Climate change – What are your positions on: (a) Continuing expansion of the oil sands? (b) Reducing CO2 emissions below 1990 levels, as previously agreed under the Kyoto Protocol? (c) Federal subsidies for fossil fuel companies? Coyne supports a price on carbon to reduce emissions 80% by 2040, project-by-project review of oil sands development and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. McCrimmon’s response is a bit unclear, but seems to support Kyoto targets and phasing out fossil fuels. Would work with stakeholders for more responsible development and clean energy. Murray has a comprehensive plan to shift to clean energy, use carbon pricing to reduce emissions as agreed under the Kyoto Protocol, and stop fossil fuel subsidies. Trudeau supports more responsible development of the oil sands, supports a price on carbon but does not offer a target for emission reductions, supports slow phase out of fossil fuel subsidies.
Inequality – What is your plan to close the growing income inequality gap and what steps will you take to reduce poverty in Canada? Coyne would work with provinces to consolidate and raise income supports and address housing, childcare and disability. McCrimmon supports micro-financing for entrepreneurship, stronger pay equity, and would consider a living wage and helping cooperatives. Murray would set targets for reducing inequality and support child care, pensions, equality for women and ensure access to high-speed Internet. Wants 70% of Canadians to have post-secondary education;1 advocates personal RESPs.

1 Our summary initially stated that Trudeau wants 70% of Canadians to have post-secondary degrees. This was innacurate. He clearly says “education” not “degrees” in his full responses. Many thanks to the sharp-eyed folks who pointed this out.