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Liberal Platform

Liberal Platform

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Middle-class families are the bed-

rock of Canada’s economy and

our way of life. They come in all

descriptions – large and small,

“nuclear”, single-parent, blended,

and of all cultural backgrounds.

Today, more families than ever are

struggling with financial pressures.

They’re often caring for their aging

parents and their own children at the

same time, putting older children

through college or university while

also struggling to save for retirement.

The household debt of the average

family is higher than ever before.

These pressures are compound-

ed by worries over whether the

healthcare system will be there

for them when they need it.

Canadians want a compassionate

society and a strong economy. Since

the jobs of tomorrow will require more

skills and education, doesn’t it make

sense to help middle-class families

manage the spiralling costs of univer-

sity and college? When more and more

families have to care for aging parents

or other loved ones at home, while still

making financial ends meet, doesn’t

it make sense to stand with them?

As our population ages, pressures on

families will only increase. Families want

to shoulder their responsibilities, but

they shouldn’t have to do it alone.

In tough economic times, stand-

ing with families is the right

thing to do, and the right prior-

ity for the long-term too.

Equal
Opportunity

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stronger public pension system

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efending free, quality and timely healthcare

Families, Finances and the Future

Family Care

Direct support to Canadians
who care for elderly or
seriously ill loved ones at home.

Secure
retirement
option

Learning
passport

A post-secondary bursary
of $1,000 a year over four
years for every high-school
student - and $1,500 a year
for low-income families.

A voluntary savings
option built into the Canada
Pension Plan to make
it easier for Canadians to
save more for retirement.

Getting public finances under control goes hand in hand with smart
investments in middle-class families. Both will help build a stronger
economy, and put equal opportunity back at the centre of Canadian life.

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Your Family. Your Future. Your Canada.

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