What’s the problem we’re trying to solve?
As we saw with our recent victories in two highly competitive by-elections, and as we continue to see in the midst of this vigorous leadership race, the Ontario Liberal Party has massive amounts of potential stored in its reservoirs. We just need to fully tap into it.
We must be crystal clear about what the Ontario Liberal Party stands for. 57% of eligible voters in Ontario did not vote in the last election, and with that much of the vote share for the taking, we cannot afford to be misunderstood by the electorate.
Too many of our PLAs feel under-resourced or could be more active. Our nominations process needs to be revisited. There is so much work to be done in order to operationalize many of the lessons learned in the past two elections. And lastly, we need to identify creative opportunities for driving grassroots engagement.
What are we proposing?
An Ontario Liberal Party led by Adil Shamji will unleash its full potential through broad initiatives that can be linked to the following five areas:
- Clarifying the Identity of an Ontario Liberal
- Standing up for universal healthcare, public education, affordable housing, a clean environment, a strong economy, multiculturalism
- Providing a balanced political home for those who don’t subscribe to the extremes of political and social polarization
Recognizing that compassion and fiscal responsibility are not mutually exclusive (amongst many more things)
- Charting a New Course
- Establishing a “Lessons Learned” Implementation team
- Reaching out to non-Liberals and non-voters to understand their needs
- Grassroots Engagement
- Focusing on province-wide issues and active civic engagement
- Creating an Ontario Liberal Senior’s Commission, a Young Liberal Legislative Internship Program, and a Youth Advisory Board
- Re-establishing Policy Conventions
- Rebuilding PLAs
- Establishing a PLA Renewal Guide
- Championing issues-based campaigns that PLAs can use to mobilize
- Delivering a ‘new deal’ for PLAs that sees them obtain greater access to central party support, funds, data and polling information
- Nominations and Campaigning
- Helping PLAs establish nomination search committees
- Adopting incentives and strategies that empower women to run to achieve gender parity
- Opening nominations within 60 days of the leadership convention and aiming to secure 25% of nominations in the first six months afterwards
- Ensuring that nomination rules are clear, accessible and publicly available
- Establishing a Campaign College to train the next generation of volunteers, candidates, and Campaign Managers
Why is this important?
Under the Ford government, Ontario is experiencing a crisis of leadership. The Ontario Liberal Party has a path to victory in 2026, but if we want to regain the trust of Ontarians, we will have to do so by putting our best foot forward as a party.
If we work together, we can ensure that our party reaches its full potential.
As a doctor, Adil has experience diagnosing problems. But he also has a wealth of experience in solving them. You can read the full plan by clicking here.
It’s time to renew the Ontario Liberal Party for all us.
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