Liberal Party of Canada

Paul Summerville • April 9, 2013

Citizen's Forum in Victoria - Discussion about the November by-election, the sewage issue, legalisation of cannabis, a guaranteed annual income, and the Liberal leadership race.

Paul Summerville • November 16, 2012

Commentary on the challenge facing China’s 7 new wise men, Turkey’s wine industry and Islam, comparing the Petraeus affair with Eisenhower’s, Europe’s double dip, and managing the new Liberal supporter category.

A reminder that China’s new leadership faces extraordinary challenges largely of China’s own making; the easy part is over.

Paul Summerville • September 17, 2012

Hey why stop at 35 signatures when you can get 45?

Really enjoyed the past few days stopping in at the homes of Victoria-based, fully paid up Liberal members, right? In most cases I trust!

Campaign manager Kit Spence did a great job making sure I signed in all the right places. The Saanich police department did the CRIM check on me and didn’t find anything. Honest? I also got a credit rating done by Equifax that didn’t turn up an delinquent payments.

So folks the nomination papers are in the mail.

Paul Summerville • June 16, 2012

Commentary on the responsibilities of democracy, Facebook’s attempt to map human behavior, the case for Fed easing, Arctic’s hidden treasures, the great Bieber contagion, and the Liberals only chance.

How Greece got swallowed by its own invention.

Paul Summerville • December 6, 2011

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be with you this evening.

I appreciate very much that you are giving me the unique chance to share with you my thoughts about the Liberal Party at this juncture in Canadian history, the role of National Policy Chair, and the challenges Canada faces.

Most of you will know that I spent much of my professional life in investment banking and that I ran for the NDP in the 2006 federal election in the riding of St. Paul’s in Toronto where Carolyn Bennett trounced Peter Kent and me.

Paul Summerville • November 12, 2011

Victoria-based Kit Spence shares a few personal thoughts about liberalism, and reminds us that Winston Churchill like many things, gave the idea of liberalism great expression. Thanks Kit.

Paul Summerville • November 9, 2011

Bob Rae’s book The Three Questions (1999) -- that I read in the summer of 2005 -- put him at the leading edge of intelligent commentary on social justice and prosperity that today has become the centerpiece of the conversation about the global economy and sustainability.

If I am not for myself, who is for me?
But if I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?

Paul Summerville • June 14, 2011

Articles on unrest in China, tired words and phrases that should be banned, OPEC’s cracks, Jeremy Grantham’s market outlook, Martin Murenbeeld’s Gold Monitor, oil shale development in Israel, the case against assisted suicide, Ian Buruma’s take on Ann Dunham, how the Liberals lost (big), and what ails Mexico.

Paul Summerville • December 23, 2012

As-salamu Alaykum.
I am here today because I believe in Freedom of Expression.
I am here today because I believe in Freedom of Peaceful Assembly.
I am here today because I believe in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees those sacred things to you, to me, and to all people with whom we share this land.
But mostly, I am here today because I believe in you.

Paul Summerville • December 15, 2012

Justin Trudeau has a great opportunity to talk about how inclusion, responsibility, empathy, and evidence -- all of which are the pillars of the liberalism -- have made Canada one of the most envied countries in the world.

A good place to make the point is the revoluntionary changes in the status of women in Canada over the past 100 years particularly in terms of reproductive choice, education, and employment.

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Twin Virtues: Inequality of Outcomes & Equality of Opportunity©

Twin Virtues

Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.

The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.

When too few get too much everybody loses.

Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshalling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.

Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society that are unintended but wonderful?

Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways that are good for society and the economy.

My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.

Free trade is a wonderful thing. Time and time again economists have proven that free trade creates enormous wealth for each country 'on the whole'. Historians have shown that free trade is usually associated with rising political, social and cultural liberty. The perennial problem is that free trade always creates tremendous disruption for thousands even millions of individuals often concentrated in one geography, and where the state is idle, not investing in best in class instruments of social justice, free trade can be a permanent ticket out of the middle class, down, not up.

Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.

Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.

Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.

Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.

Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).

Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up, not as a hand out.

Political debate should not be fact free fighting.

Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.

Always favour empowerment over dependency.

The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.

Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else.

It is possible to operate on two different levels: the practical, cautious and conservative; and the realm of ideas, open, free, and radical.