1. THE PRINCIPLE OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS:
a. We believe that legislation and policy must conform to the fundamental rights set out in:
i. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms embodied in our Constitution.
ii. The Canadian Bill of Rights
iii. The Canadian Human Rights Act
iv. The Manitoba Human Rights Code
v. The Constitution itself, and
vi. Common Law precedents.
b. We believe that Human Rights Tribunals must be abolished, and issues dealt with under a separate section of the Courts, subject to the evidence rules of the Court and recognition of the equality of the accuser and accused.
2. THE PRINCIPLE OF THE FREEDOM OF PERSON:
a. We believe that the freedoms and rights of individuals to chart the course of their lives is the keystone of a democratic society that should be celebrated and protected.
b. We believe that every person is entitled to an equal opportunity to grow and thrive, limited only by their abilities and efforts.
c. We believe in the freedom and rights of each person while recognizing that we must ensure that public policies and legislation maintain the delicate balance
between the freedoms and rights of the person and the freedoms and rights of the community and society.
3. THE PRINCIPLE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY:
a. We believe in supporting persons unable to care for themselves and that such support is funded by the Province, delivered at city, municipal or town levels and provide the opportunity for recipients to earn income as an incentive to improve their situation.
4. THE PRINCIPLE OF SERVICE-BASED LEADERSHIP:
a. We believe that the Government of Manitoba, the Civil Service and Political parties, are accountable to the people of Manitoba for responsible governance.
b. We believe that our elected representatives must be free to vote as they see fit on any issue or legislation coming before the legislature.
c. We believe that elected representatives are the people’s voice, accountable to the people they represent and must be respected and treated as equals in our Party and the Legislature.
5. THE PRINCIPLE OF FREE ENTERPRISE:
a. We believe in the capitalism and free enterprise system responsible for creating the robust economy that lifted us to living standards envied the world over.
b. We believe that entrepreneurship, small business, and family farms are the driving forces behind our economic development.
c. We believe in free trade, internally and externally. Regulations and taxation that inhibit trade are protectionisms that invite retaliation that is harmful to our economy.
6. THE PRINCIPLE OF JURISDICTIONAL GOVERNMENT:
a. We believe we must protect Manitoba’s sovereignty set out in sections 92 to 95 of the Canadian Constitution and actively resist federal intrusions into that sovereignty.
b. We believe that we must protect our air, land, and water as a heritage to pass from generation to generation.
c. We believe that families have an inherent right to manage their affairs and that parents are the primary authority over how their children are raised and educated.
d. We believe that property rights legislation requires expansion and improvement. Property rights must be extended to all property lawfully owned by a person.
7. THE PRINCIPLE OF LOCALISM:
a. We believe that we must limit the government’s size, scope, and strong-arm influence to allow for individual freedom and fulfillment for individuals, families, cities and municipalities.
b. We believe that the best practice is governance at the level closest to the people. Local elected officials and organizations responding to needs and challenges must be empowered to make appropriate decisions.
8. THE PRINCIPLE OF JUSTICE EQUALITY:
a. We believe in the rule of law and that we must build better capacity to remove backlogs and make access to the courts affordable for the individual.
b. We believe that the laws of Canada and our Province should be equally applied to all persons and organizations, irrespective of status and stature.
9. THE PRINCIPLE OF RESULTS-BASED POLICY:
a. We believe in smaller governments, prudent spending, and balanced budgets as a means to ensure that people have the financial freedom to enjoy the life they choose and to save for a comfortable retirement.
b. We believe that legislation, policies, and regulations must produce results that improve the financial stability and well being of Manitobans.
10. THE PRINCIPLE OF TRUST:
a. We believe that successful relationships are bonded by trust. The Government and Civil Service must strive to maintain trust between Manitobans and their elected officials.
b. We believe that transparency builds trust.