As Canada begins 2023, our nation remains one of the most prosperous in the world. Canada is endowed with unmatched geography, resources and people. Yet, our nation faces many profound and urgent policy choices that will determine whether Canada’s future stays bright.
Our challenges are international and domestic, far reaching and many: whether it is the massive expansion of the federal government ,trade, record deficits and high inflation, regulatory red tape, energy and social challenges and even the Communist Party of China. Moreover, Canada also faces a crisis in confidence in a variety of our civic democratic institutions including the media and political leadership.
Fundamentally, these policy choices will continue to shape whether our society will emphasize a vision which chooses one of two paths: individual rights, responsibilities and freedoms or the continued expansion and increasing powers of the state.
In this turbulent context, public policy has never mattered more to Canadians, their opportunities and their quality of life.
As we proceed through the 21st century, specifically what are those public policy choices? Will Canada face a steady decline, or can it keep its promise as one of the world’s most prosperous societies characterized by a quality of life based on freedom and opportunity for all Canadians?
Be sure to join the Frontier Centre for Public Policy for this timely discussion with the Leader of the Opposition of Canada as we examine and discuss these challenges which our nation faces.
Our Guest: The Leader of the Opposition – The Honourable Pierre Poilievre
Pierre Poilievre PC MP has served as the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the leader of the Official Opposition since 2022. Poilievre has served as a member of Parliament (MP) since 2004.
Poilievre studied at the University of Calgary, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations. He then worked as an advisor to Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day. Poilievre was first elected to the House of Commons following the 2004 federal election; he at first represented the Ottawa-area riding of Nepean—Carleton and then represented the re-established riding of Carleton. He served as Minister for Democratic Reform for 2013 to 2015 and then as Minister of Employment and Social Development in 2015. From 2017 to 2022, Poilievre served as the shadow minister for finance and briefly as the shadow minister for jobs and industry. He ran for leader of the Conservative Party in its 2022 leadership election, winning on the first ballot. The Hon. Pierre Poilievre is a life-long conservative, champion of a free market, and fighter for people taking ownership of and responsibility for their own futures.
Pierre lives in the Eastern Ontario village of Greely with his wife Anaida and their children Valentina and Cruz.