I’ve long thought that Canada’s social leaders need to come together to provide new leadership for Canada; a social vision that not only trumps politics but that sets national priorities that are then interpreted and enacted through political platforms and government initiatives. I don’t see socialism, capitalism, or “green” as goals unto themselves, they are different means to the common end of helping us live better lives. If we start with a strong vision of our Canada, our provinces, and communities, I believe each party can find unique ways to achieve these goals.
I believe we are on the cusp of a new wave in leadership: new high-level collaborations aimed at empowering action (the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance is an early example), and new high-level government strategies that address current issues and priorities through tangible actions that will improve our lives.
To get there, we need strong voices in support of a positive vision for our country. We need our social and business leaders to work together as partners in a new Canada. We need our politicians and governments to focus on solutions that will help us live better as part of a vibrant and sustainable Canada.
This is my personal manifesto. Feel free to forward it to your friends, share on Facebook or write your own. Perhaps with a little momentum we can trigger renewed pride in Canada and commitment to a better and more sustainable future.