i’m a liberal

I’m a liberal, I’ve always been a liberal, but I’m not sure people know what this means. 

“I’m a liberal” isn’t really something you broadcast in social circles where “Liberals” can’t be said without wrinkling one’s nose. The same would hold true if you substitute “Conservatives”. People are polarized where they stand in politics. But I’m not talking politics. I’m talking beliefs, what I stand for, what I want to see happen (pie in the sky as it may be). Lowercase “l” versus Capital “L”.

  1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick and elderly are neglected. Period.
    I have a massive problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people starving to death, freezing to death or dying because they can’t afford to fill their prescriptions. 
    Fair wages, lower housing costs, affordable education and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. 
  2. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multi-billion dollar companies should not have employees visiting food banks, workers shouldn’t have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live. 
  3. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I’m fully aware that it’s impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws. 
  4. I believe education should be affordable and accessible to everyone. It doesn’t necessarily have to be free, but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college or university saddled with five- or six-figure debt. 
  5. I believe we should take in refugees and immigrants.Here are a few of the multitude of facts why: Canada has a declining birth rate, we’ve got a doctor shortage, and a brain drain to other countries. We need to accept refugees and immigrants.
  6. I believe in gender neutral and gender inclusive language. 
  7. I believe in gender identity.
  8. I believe LGBTQ2I+ people should have the *same* rights as you and me, including by not limited to: same-sex marriage, pension and health benefits for same-sex partners, and to live free without fear or discrimination.
  9. I believe in support and equality for our Indigenous peoples – and that means doing better for them: housing, clean water, support for youth, justice for Indigenous women and girls, and more
  10. I support abortion rights.
  11. I support the right to die with dignity.
  12. I believe in funding sustainable energy.

In 2018 Lori Gallagher Witt published the original version of this, and as she is American, her version has applicable references. I have freely, without shame, modified this to reflect what I believe (and, of course, to make it Canadian).

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