Policy Brainstorming Session – October 16th 2013

Proceedings opened at 6pm

Attendees: Brian, Andrew, Joshua, CT
Tabled Documents:

    • CBC – 6 themes to watch at the Speech from the Throne
    • Romanow Report, 2002. Executive Summary, healthcare in Canada


Policy Discussion and Idea-Bouncing Results


      • focus on chronic illnesses/long term care
      • develop home care into a full-fledged and fully insured domain/industry
      • Renew federal-provincial transfer agreements
        • actually enforce the Canada Health Act
        • ensure money is spent specifically on health care – discontinue the practice of depositing funds into general revenue streams of provinces
      • update stipulations of the Canada Health Act to actually follow the recommendations of the numerous health care study commissions on health care insurance coverage
      • reform medical licensing to streamline and regulate physician practices and establishments
      • tiered healthcare packages?
        • Currently privately insured services could be offered in a second-tier public insurance

Energy Efficiency

      • Air conditionning and heating overusage; usage should be capped depending on temperature
      • establish window regulations, either uniform insulation regulations, instructions on opening and closing times for windows with associated fines, or both
      • Such measure would save energy as well as money through the reduced technical strains in AC and heating units, with their associated maintenance costs.

Aboriginal Issues

      • economic development on reserves
        • create employment opportunities through infrastructure investments and business incentives
        • create skilled aboriginal labour to match demand created by the previous point
      • current practice is to regularly throw money at band councils and ignore them
      • serious sovereignty issue could hamper development


      • promotion of a more « consumer friendly » approach, rather than a collective guilt-trip
      • sponsor companies that don’t add deadly chemicals in the making of their cigarettes
      • list cigarettes’ additives and chemicals on the packages
        • instead of the current pictures that are inevitably ignored and thus fail their purpose
        • perhaps instead display pictures of the chemicals listed on the package


      • military reform for the UN
      • less temporary military structure to improve cohesiveness and efficiency
      • perhaps with a core force that would constitute a permanent leadership


Meeting adjourned, 7:45pm

2013 OWNYL Policy Proposals

The following are the policies OWNYL will be presenting at the 2013 OYL Eastern Region Policy Parliament, held at the University of Ottawa on July 21st.

Bicycle Safety in Ontario

Chen-tao LaRochelle | Ottawa West – Nepean | Provincial Policy Proposal

WHEREAS bicycles are considered “vehicles” under Ontario law and thus must obey all Ontario traffic regulations applicable to motorized vehicles;

WHEREAS it is simple fact that bicycles are incapable of reaching speeds remotely similar to motorized vehicles or even electric vehicles such as mopeds or certain electric wheelchairs;

WHEREAS it is dangerous for cyclists to bike in lanes reserved for motorized vehicles (see previous point) as well as to pedestrians when cyclists seek shelter on sidewalks and pedestrian areas;

WHEREAS the 2010 Cycling Death Review by the Chief Coroner for Ontario recommended a “provincial cycling plan” to “guide policy and legislation supporting cycling in Ontario”;

WHEREAS the same report indicates all cycling deaths between 2006 and 2010 could have been prevented, most notably with the mandatory use of biking helmets;

WHEREAS cycling issues affect urban and rural areas differently;

WHEREAS a regulated provincial cycling network would promote both tourism and job growth;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Ontario Liberal Party promote traffic reforms specifically geared towards cycling regulations, with the following specifications:

(i) creating incentive for the use of bike helmets by subsidizing their purchase;

(ii) setting aside a provincial fund to support the creation of separate lanes for bicycles in heavily used thoroughfares with a speed limit above 50 km/h in urban areas

(iii) the promotion of an extensive provincial biking network, the construction and maintenance of which would fall under the Ministry of Transport.

Guaranteed Minimum Income Program

Brian Wallin | Ottawa West – Nepean | Federal Policy Proposal

WHEREAS income inequality has been on the rise for the past thirty years;

WHEREAS the Canadian middle class is being increasingly shrunk;

WHEREAS high poverty rates often leads to crime and increasing strain on medical services;

BE IT RESOLVED that a Liberal Government of Canada look into the implementation of a Negative Income Tax through a Universal Guaranteed Annual Income program.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a Liberal Government will consult and listen to Provincial Governments for input for such program.

For an Accountable Senate

Chen-tao LaRochelle | Ottawa West – Nepean | Federal Policy Proposal

WHEREAS systemic Canadian dissatisfaction with their Senate has consistently manifested itself in opinion polls for the past 30 years (Globe and Mail, 05/30/13);

WHEREAS a majority of Canadians in a majority of provinces have shown support for the elected Senate avenue of reform (Angus-Reid, 2010);

WHEREAS a crushing majority of Canadians have shown support for eight (8) year-long terms for sitting Senators (Angus-Reid, 2010);

WHEREAS the Senate’s constitutional purpose is to offer a “sober second thought” AND represent the provinces in the federal government;

WHEREAS certain provinces’ relationship with the federal government have greatly changed since their admittance in the federation;

BE IT RESOLVED that a Liberal government would set forth a constitutional reform package including (though not necessarily limited to) a reform of the Senate of Canada with the following specifications:

(i) a gradual transition to an elected Senate, holding provincial elections for whichever Senate seat is vacant every two (2) years;

(ii) limit all future Senators’ term in office to eight (8) years;

(iii) an updated Senate seat distribution mechanism for the sole purpose of accommodating growth and provincial demands.

Policy: Northern Telecommunications Rehabilitation


Internet in isolated communities, especially in the Canadian North, is expensive and limited. With the end of the Community Access Program, seed funding is now gone for a number of communities. Like the railway of the 19th century, the internet and modern telecommunications can link the country and make the distances between our citizens seem smaller. It is also a platform for entrepreneurship and job creation in small communities, not to mention an invaluable tool for education. To that end, the OYL will urge the Liberal Party of Canada to push for a Northern telecommunications strategy to expand infrastructure and improve access, both at community access points and in homes, and to provide training and education. This would be done in partnership with private industry, sourced through an open, transparent, and competitive bidding process.



Northern Canada Telecommunications Rehabilitation

Trevor LaForce | Ottawa West-Nepean Young Liberals

WHEREAS modern internet and communications technologies are powerful tools in education;

WHEREAS isolated communities in the Northern provinces and the territories, especially Nunavut, are frequently without access to broadband internet access;

WHEREAS the availability of internet and communications technology provides tools for entrepreneurship, new innovation, and job creation;

and WHEREAS the end of the Community Access Program will cause disruptions in staffing and services in Northern community access points;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Ontario Young Liberals urge the Liberal Party of Canada to adopt a renewed Northern telecommunications plan as part of its platform.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT such a telecommunications plan would involve an expansion of the available infrastructure and an affordable cost to communities and individuals for both community access points and in-home service.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any contracts awarded for the expansion of northern telecommunications infrastructure be done via an open, transparent, competitive bidding process.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this plan would provide funding to communities for training programs and grants for improved technical education in schools.

Policy: Nationalization of Canadian Oil Industries for Canadians


Foreign ownership of and profit from the Alberta oil sands is at an all-time high. Environmental concerns are frequently ignored, and the cost of Canadian oil and gas to Canadians is rising. Further, oil interests exercise unprecedented influence in politics. In order to begin correcting these issues, Canadian oil should be nationalized and new emphasis placed on forward-looking, clean, renewable technologies and fuels.



Nationalization of Canadian Oil Industries for Canadians

Brian Wallin | Ottawa West-Nepean Young Liberals

WHEREAS the Alberta oil sands are three-quarters foreign owned, with forty percent of profit going to foreign-owned companies;

WHEREAS new technologies and forms of energy are not pursued to the same degree as pipelines;

WHEREAS oil companies try to undermine the political process in order to benefit themselves;

WHEREAS the production of oil is often not environmentally friendly and has ill effects on the lives of Canadians who live near production sites;

WHEREAS the individual in society cannot be free when the high cost of living supercedes their value as great Canadian resources;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federal Liberal Party of Canada seek the nationalization of Canadian oil for Canadian people.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a Liberal government would advance research into clean, renewable sources of energy through incentive and stimulus to those industries.

Policy: Funding Green Energy in New Homes


Currently, low-impact sources of energy are not cost-effective. Limited, large-scale projects like wind and solar farms are good first starts, but putting those technologies on all doorsteps would jumpstart the industry. By providing a granting program to subsidize the installation of those technologies in new-built homes, contractors would be able to not only construct homes that minimize their impact on the environment and reduce lifetime energy costs for homeowners. This would create partnerships between green and traditional industries, scale up production of green technologies to be more cost-effective for homeowners who want to retrofit existing homes, and expand green-collar industries installing and servicing these new technologies.




Funding Green Energy in New Homes

Trevor LaForce, Brian Wallin and Josh Kaine | Ottawa West-Nepean Young Liberals

WHEREAS the rate of adoption of green technologies in the home is still low;

WHEREAS Ontario should continue to set a national example in the use and financing of renewable energy;

WHEREAS the Ontario Liberal Party currently supports the use green technologies such as wind and solar farms;

WHERAS a state funded program would reduce the overall cost of these technologies for consumers;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Ontario provide cost offsets in the form of granting programs to companies involved in the construction of homes to ensure pre-sale installation of technologies to reduce a household’s environmental footprint.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a wide variety of technologies be supported by this program, including: geothermal wells, solar panels, rooftop wind turbines, rain collection and filtration, as well as technologies for waste management and repurposing.

BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED THAT these funds be awarded on a pre-agreed per-technology, per-home basis.

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