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The eight great Liberal values

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Individual Freedoms

Valeur libérale - Les libertés individuelles - Marc Tanguay

True to its name, the Quebec Liberal Party values liberty. A liberal thinker’s primary concern is to ensure that a bill, a regulation or a government program does not lead to the unwarranted restriction of individual freedoms. For any restriction of individual freedoms to be acceptable, it must be established conclusively that it is for the greater good.

Valeur libérale - Les libertés individuelles

Some of the Liberal governments’ achievements

  • 1940: Establishment of women’s right to vote and stand for election
  • 1944: Recognition of the right to unionize
  • 1975: Establishment of the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms

Economic Development

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Some of the Liberal governments’ achievements

Valeur libérale - Le développement économique - André Fortin

The Liberal Party has consistently been committed to simultaneously promoting Quebec’s economic and social development. Because it creates the wealth necessary to finance social development, economic development has been a priority for all modern-day liberal governments.

Identification with Quebec

Valeur libérale - L'identification au Québec - Monique Sauvé

Identification with Quebec starts with identification with its French-speaking majority. This presumes embracing the aspirations of this majority, as well as its history, its language, its culture, its institutions, its particularities and its way of life. The Quebec Liberal Party recognizes the unique character that the French-speaking majority brings to Quebec society. It pledges to vigilantly affirm and defend Quebec’s French identity and to be a preponderantly French-speaking party, without causing prejudice to the equal rights of all its members.

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Some of the Liberal governments’ achievements

Social Justice

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Some of the Liberal governments’ achievements

  • 1929: Passing of the Loi sur le salaire des femmes mariées (Act respecting married women’s wages)
  • 1940: Establishment of women’s right to vote and stand for election
  • 1974: Implementation of the Régime des allocations familiales du Québec (Quebec Family Allowances Scheme)
  • 2007: $950 million reduction in the taxes paid by Quebecers
  • 2014: Launch of the Plan d’action interministériel en itinérance 2015-2020 (2015-2020 Inter-ministerial homelessness action plan)

A society that exclusively exalts individual values quickly becomes an egotistical society. Sooner or later, it will be given over to domination by its strongest members, to the detriment of its most vulnerable members. Without necessarily being poor, many low-income individuals and families will be denied access to services such as education and healthcare, which they cannot provide for themselves. It is necessary to pool resources to ensure reasonable equal opportunity for all and a minimum of justice in a society.

Appreciation of Civil Society

Valeur libérale - Le respect de la société civile - Naomie Goyette

“Civil society” generally means those human activities that take place outside the marketplace and the political arena. Each individual and each group has its own worldview and its own values. Rather than aiming to impose its own views at any price, the government should find ways to make institutional arrangements that take into account the continuous evolution of opinions and behaviour, with due respect for public order and morality.

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Some of the Liberal governments’ achievements

  • 1975: Establishment of the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms
  • 1994: Establishment of the new Civil Code of Québec

Political Life in a Democracy

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Some of the Liberal governments’ achievements

Valeur libérale - La vie politique à l'enseigne de la démocratie - Veronyque Tremblay

The Quebec Liberal Party has done its utmost to ensure that all parties are treated equally, that election officials are held accountable before the courts, that election expenses are limited and inspected, and that electors are not fraudulently replaced by others on polling days.

Our Canadian Identity

Valeur libérale - L'appartenance canadienne - Rosemarie Pereira

While adhering to Canadian federalism, for forty years the Quebec Liberal Party has held that since Quebec is the primary embodiment of the French presence in Canada, it cannot simply be a province within the federation as the others are. Through the voice of all its leaders to date, the Quebec Liberal Party has asserted that, in addition to being a province in the legal sense of the term, Quebec is a distinct society in many respects, most notably because of its language, its culture, its legal system, its institutions and its way of life. Nevertheless, the Quebec Liberal Party is convinced that remaining part of the Canadian federation is the most appropriate constitutional option to further the best interests of Quebec and its partners.

Intergenerational Equity

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Some of the Liberal governments’ achievements

Valeur libérale - L'équité intergénérationnelle - Jonathan Marleau

Intergenerational equity defends the right of future generations to live in a society as prosperous and developed as the generations who contributed to building it. This principle requires decision-makers to devise public policies with a forward-looking and innovative perspective, so that the next generation will not suffer the economic, social and environmental impact of decisions taken by its predecessors. A responsible government must respond to the present generation’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. In Quebec’s public debate, this concept especially resonates in the management of public finances and the repayment of the debt, pension plan issues and the development of our natural resources.