I’m Kate, vice-chair of the Liberal Party of Canada in Victoria. As one of Victoria’s delegates at the National Convention in Winnipeg, I went with more than just the intention of meeting Liberals from around the country. I intended to push for a more affordable housing strategy–a grassroots policy stemming from Victoria and Lower Mainland ridings. The policy had passed the hurdles at the BC convention, and here was one more.
So what happened?
It passed! The Liberal Party of Canada adopted the policy and essentially called for a national action plan on housing for Canadians of all income levels.
So what now?
The policies chosen from the LPC Winnipeg 2016 convention will formulate mandate’s within the 2019 Liberal platform. That means this grassroots policy will result in impactful change as it makes its way through cabinet, down to departmental officials, through policy consultations, an introduction into Parliament, and eventual legislation.
I’m exceptionally proud of the clauses in the policy dealing with homelessness, which stemmed from Victoria. Included within the final resolution is the clause for the federal government to report on annual homeless numbers and to effectively have the federal government work urgently with provinces and municipalities on housing affordability. For the full policy platform click here.
Less than a year into government and REAL CHANGE is happening.