Who we are | Young Liberals of Canada

Who we are

We are fighting for progressive change

The Young Liberals of Canada (YLC) is the national youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada, counting all Liberal members aged 25 and under as commission members. The Young Liberals of Canada (YLC) is the largest political youth organization in Canada, and have a proud history of leading change both within the Liberal Party and in Canadian politics as a whole.

The Commission of the Young Liberals of Canada promotes the perspectives, policies, and ideas of Young Liberal members. It is not a separate entity from the Liberal Party of Canada, but is rather a part of it, and mirrors its structure in many ways. There are Provincial and Territorial Organizations, which administer themselves according to their own constitutions and bylaws. There is also the National Executive that runs the affairs of the entire YLC. The organization binds together provincial and territorial Liberal Youth organizations across Canada, and is known as an effective force for reform and bold new progressive ideas.

Our history

Same Sex Marriage rights. Endangered species protection. Stopping Ballistic Missile Defence. Fighting to legalize Marijuana.

These are all examples of issues on which Young Liberals have a long record of innovative policy work – a record of leadership that has defined Liberal policy and shaped significant moments in Canadian history.

The ideas we develop and fight for as Young Liberals will define the agenda of a new Liberal movement – and now more than ever, we need you to get involved.

The Young Liberals of Canada was first formally constituted in the 1930s, and has long provided crucial support during election campaigns and an especially strong voice for youth in Liberal policy development.

The youth commission gained a variety of further representation rights on Party Executives and at Party Conventions in the late 1960s, and continues to be gauranteed representation on the board of every Liberal Electoral District Association, Provincial and Territorial Association, the National Election Readiness Committee and the National Board. This makes the Liberal Party the most inclusive of youth voices of any federal political party in Canada – especially in contrast to the Conservative Party, which has no official youth wing whatsoever.

Prominent Young Liberals who have gone on to achieve elected office include the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien, the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, the Rt. Hon. John Turner, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, BC Premier Christy Clark, former Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, former MP Bonnie Crombie, former MP Rob Oliphant, former MP Joe Peschisolido, former MP Ruby Dhalla, and former Ontario Deputy Premier Dwight Duncan. And yes, the stories are true: even the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper got his start in politics as a Young Liberal.