ROLE OF GOVERNMENT

Another year, another election, and another prolonged period of political parties and politicians carefully crafting and reciting their grand plans to make your life better - in return for your vote.

But what is becoming more apparent with each promise-filled campaign, is that political promises end up missing the mark.

As your Conservative candidate, I will work to promote practical application of ideas that inspire individual effort and achievement, and less government intervention in YOUR life.

We have created a political culture of unsustainable election promises via expanded government spending.

The perennial question, "What is, or should be, the role of government?"

The short answer: to protect and promote the common good and the general welfare of its citizenry.

More formally, the answer for me mirrors closely some of the fundamental principles of conservatism, or classical liberalism, and the position of the Conservative Party of Canada, which are:

 

  • government should be limited to those responsibilities which cannot be discharged reasonably by the individual or others;

  • while recognizing that government must respond to those who require assistance and compassion, it is the responsibility of individuals to provide for themselves, their families and their dependents;

  • and it is the role of government to create a climate wherein individual initiative is rewarded, excellence is pursued, security and privacy of the individual is provided and prosperity is guaranteed by a free competitive market economy

Our society will thrive when we all take responsibility for our individual outcomes and contribute to the common good. We should look not to the government to manage our own affairs, nor to provide for us. And our government should remain limited in it's involvement in, or influence over how members of society live, work, and associate with one another.

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Andrew Scheer

Authorized by the Official Agent for Kevin Copley.