Second Annual Jack Layton Lecture [Ed Broadbent on Social Democracy]

Posted on October 3, 2013 in Governance Debates – news/events
September 24,  2013

In this important speech, Ed Broadbent connects the philosophy and historical successes of social democracy with today’s social and political challenges. Over the past 50 years, social democrats – both in government and out – have achieved great progress. The creation of the middle class, the extension of new rights to previously disadvantaged groups like women and gays and lesbians, and an openness to new movements like environmentalism are some of the many advances that social democracy can claim credit for. But what now? Are the dreams of social democracy and the cherished social programmes of Canadians still affordable? Broadbent’s answer is yes. And he urges a confident reassertion of the social democratic values cherished by Canadians and a political leadership that will take us beyond indifference and cynicism to build a better Canada for us all.
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