We need more people and organizations defending the value of freedom in Canada and I very much support Conservative Futures efforts to do so within the larger conservative movement.
I would like today to briefly discuss three ideas with you: freedom, tenacity and popularity.
Freedom is the fundamental value that draws us together. It is not an egotistic desire to do whatever we want without any constraint. That’s the perspective of those who believe they know what is best for us and who want to force us to adopt it.
Freedom is nothing less than the basis of our civilization.
Human dignity and equality of rights, social pluralism and cultural dynamism, scientific advancement and economic prosperity: all these achievements are impossible in a context where there is no freedom.
We are the defenders of civilization and we should not be afraid to affirm it.
I believe we have the duty to be tenacious and persistent in the defence of individual freedom and personal responsibility, respect and fairness.
We have a duty to not hide anything from our fellow countrymen that we believe is necessary and true.
How many times have we taken a step back when faced with the false arguments of our critics and those who disparage us?
What is the point of having the best solutions, if we keep them to ourselves because we are afraid to displease others?
What is the point of embracing the cause of freedom, if we dare not fight for it with passion and conviction?
It’s up to us to encourage everyone to stand up for freedom, so that we can live in a society that is freer and more prosperous.
We should not get discouraged because our ideas are not that popular today and are not shared by the majority of our fellow citizens.
Because an idea is not widely accepted does not mean it is not just and true; and an idea does not become just and true because it is popular.
The ideas of individual freedom and personal responsibility, respect and fairness are just and true and will become popular if we stick to our principles; if we continue to defend these universal values; if we remain true to our dream!
What is not popular today can become so tomorrow, whether it be a person or an idea.
This is what I want you to do, to stay true to your dreams and your convictions, because the future belongs to you and the cause of freedom will always triumph in the end!