Progressive Canadian philosophy is based on the assumption that the world is an imperfect place and that humanity is imperfect as well. For that reason our understanding of the world is imperfect and we are constantly required to adapt our beliefs to a changing world and a changing understanding of that world.
Since our understanding of the world is imperfect we use philosophical principles as guides for the directions we will take, not as absolutes. Our directions are based on practical rather than theoretical principles. These principles include but are not limited to the following:
1.) A belief in a strong and effective government but one that is limited from the exercise of absolute power by countervailing institutions: provinces, municipalities, trade unions, environmental groups, the press, churches, trade organizations, and other non-governmental organizations.
2.) A belief in order that goes beyond law and order to social order. A role of government is to place restrictions on the selfish in order to protect the weaker elements in society against the excesses of the private greed to ensure that society remains open for all to achieve self-reliance.
3.) A rejection of doctrinaire principles because a political party has a national unifying role to play. Doctrinaire principles inhibit consensus building and create irreconcilable differences.
4.) A belief that the role of a national political party is to resolve conflicts between regions and between Canadians in different walks of life. It is not the role of government to intentionally create winners and losers in society.
5.) A belief that some agreement is necessary among political parties in order to create an effective and stable democracy. This includes fair and consistent rules for all political parties irrespective of size.
6.) A belief that the role of a national party is to attempt to pull the country together not divide it: to achieve a consensus, resolve conflicts, strengthen the fabric of society, and work towards a feeling of harmony in the country.
7.) A belief that a political party should serve the whole country and all the people, not simply part of the country and certain categories of people.
8.) The belief that the concept of order includes security for all the people including the less fortunate.
9.) A belief in a healthy economy which includes concern for the effects of economic activity upon: the environment, living conditions, the countryside, the cities, the country as a whole, justice and fairness, self-fulfillment of the individual and the overall quality of life.
10.) A belief in a stable, but not static, order with price stability, high levels of employment, and equitable distribution of income.
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