Dear Fellow Conservatives,
Welcome to 2017!
2017 is a critical year for our party. We will select a new leader who can replace the shallow, self-absorbed government of Justin Trudeau – a Liberal government lacking policies that benefit Canadians. There has never been a more important decision for us as party members. The vision, tone and substance of our next leader will be the face of the Conservative Party in 2019. This leadership race sets the course for our movement – determining whether the great coalition crafted by Stephen Harper and Peter MacKay succeeds or fails.
Our goal is clear: in 2019, we must replace the Trudeau Liberals with a principled approach that puts everyday Canadians first. We are just over two years away from the next federal election – not a lot of time. Focus is needed to ensure we are ready. That's why I want to begin the New Year by sharing the priorities a Lisa Raitt-led Conservative government will have. The Conservative coalition I believe in is based on common values of hard work, optimism, and self-reliance – the keys to a better future. These are my values. They are Conservative values. They are Canadian values.
They are the values that inspired me to seek public office in 2008 to be part of a principled, unified Conservative team that was ready to lead and win. The Conservative Party I would lead would be based on those same values of principled, pragmatic conservatism – one that believes in:
This is what I believe in and where I would take us. I hope these principles and priorities reflect the Conservative Party you want to see form government in 2019. I look forward to talking about these issues in greater detail in the weeks to come as I put forward my vision for Canada.
I also want to hear from you – over the next 5 months of the leadership campaign and beyond. Policy should not be formed by a select few in Ottawa. The Conservative Party must always ensure that its members are heard. As Leader, I would engage all party members in policy development so that we plot our course together for victory in 2019.
This contest is about leadership. It is about which candidate can best communicate our principled policies to Canadians and earn their trust. My track record as a collaborative, decisive leader, sensitive to the concerns of others, but focused on providing positive outcomes for all Canadians makes me that candidate. I can beat Trudeau in 2019. Join my team and help me win.