Why I’m Running

Dear Friends,

Our nation is at a crossroads. The Canada we know and love is in jeopardy.

The Canada based on a strong, balanced economy that provides equal opportunities for all Canadians regardless of income, ethnicity, orientation, or region is gradually – but surely – being replaced by one founded on a much different vision. That vision is Stephen Harper’s politics of fear and cynicism – the politics of expediency at the expense of democracy.

We can see the early results already: the economy is stagnant, Canadians are having trouble finding work, and new jobs are paying lower wages. It is more expensive than ever for young people to obtain a post-secondary education. Canadians are working longer and harder but paychecks are barely keeping up with the cost of living.

Canadians from coast-to-coast and in every region share different political affiliations and have unique sets of concerns, but we are united in our hopes for the future and a strong love of democracy and for our country.

I am running for the Leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, because I believe the greatness of our nation has always been rooted in the strength of our people. 

That’s the Canadian advantage.

The 21st Century can be Canada’s century, but we first need to close the book on the last six years of Stephen Harper’s broken Ottawa. We also need to turn the page in our own party. The 2011 federal election proved that the Liberal Party of Canada needs a new approach, new ideas, and bold new leadership, in order to compete for government in 2015. It is time to set aside partisan blinders and past feuds, roll up our sleeves and get down to work rebuilding our Party. That is what this leadership contest will be all about.

My vision is to unite Canadians in a common goal of making life a little bit easier and a little bit better for our families, our children and our grandchildren. That’s what we can do together, and that’s what’s inspiring me to keep working on behalf of Canadians who share these goals.

I was raised by a single mother who taught me from an early age the value of hard work, perseverance and honesty. I’ve spent my life working in the private sector, building a successful law practice. I’ve also had the opportunity to serve as a prosecutor for the Crown and the Ontario Human Rights Commission. I’ve been actively involved in the Liberal Party for more than thirty years, most recently as the candidate for Ottawa-Orléans, where I reside with my wife Debbie and where we raised our six children.

The road ahead is long and it’s not going to be easy, but with your support, your help and your hard work, we can restore the Canadian Advantage and make our great country even better for the next generation.

Sincerely,

David Bertschi