Canada is the best country in the world.

One of the many things that make Canada great is that everyone has an opportunity to succeed

It doesn’t matter where you come from, what your last name is, or how long you’ve been here; if you work hard and persevere, you can achieve financial security for you and your family, through education, saving, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Social scientists call this upward social mobility. I call it pursuit of The Canadian Dream.

The conditions that allow for anyone to pursue their Canadian Dream did not come about by accident. Canada was founded on the principles of economic freedom, equality of opportunity, and the idea that your character matters more than your background or status. These are principles that have built this country and sustained us for nearly 150 years.

I am profoundly committed to the idea that upward social mobility is what makes Canada great, and is worth protecting and strengthening. This is personal to me.

My father arrived in Canada as an 17-year-old orphan from Hungary. Starting with nothing, and by asking his friends to invest, he co-founded Laurentide Financial Corporation, which within two decades became a major economic generator with more than 2,000 employees and 220 branch offices across the country. Canada offered my father the opportunity and freedom to transform ideas and hard work into a better life for him and his family.

I want to make sure that this opportunity continues to be available for future generations.

Canadians know that a government that plunges us further and further into debt doesn’t help them achieve their dreams. A government that takes a larger and larger share of their earnings isn’t helping Canadians build the life they want. A government that puts more and more regulations and roadblocks in their way isn’t helping Canadians to succeed.

That’s why we must shift from being an opposition party to a proposition party, and propose practical Conservative ideas that will concretely help Canadians achieve prosperity and success.