I am frequently asked what exactly the Green Party stands for; simply put, it is a more sustainable economy that considers the social and ecological costs, reform of the electoral system creating a more equitable and representative governing/voting system and the idea that we should all be finding the common ground of ideas and initiatives on which we can build upon.
The following are platform points that I focused on during the 2011 Federal election. Unfortunately most of these issues are still relevant.
Here are a few of the most important issues I believe our country is facing.
The top three are issues that I want to see and that the Green Party supports
The bottom three are issues that are troubling and we need to get rid of.
Tax Shift- Lets reduce the income tax for everyone and free up more funding for things we like. Instead lets Tax things that are unhealthy, unncessary and just plain destructive.
Junk food tax
Plastic Shopping Bags
Increase tax and remove subsidies on oil and gas producers
Make Healthcare a priority at the federal level- it already is for canadians, An Environics survey published in the Globe and Mail put medicare as the most important symbol of Canadian identity
it should not be health or wealth but rather health=wealth
learn more about the Canadian Medicare... its important!
Making votes count - If you have ever been discouraged from voting because it feels useless.... like your vote doesn't matter... that the win is already in the bag... that your choice is never elected... then you understand why we need a new voting system.
We currently use an archaic "First-past-the-post" system that only a handful of countries around the world use; (and many of them could barely even be called democracies)
I believe we use it because it is realatively simple.... I don't think that is a good enough reason.... there are alot of other options that work really well and are far better at proportionally representing the population.
Tarsands/oilsands - this is an economic deadend with huge short term profits and even larger longterm costs. The largest industrial project in the world is also the most catestrophic ecological nightmare... and then there are the social costs.
Here are two different opinions on "Canada's Energy Treasure".
Military - we were once leaders in the world in peace keeping. Now we are trying to become a military power, something that is contrary to our Canadian National identity. The path to military dominance is not a good road to travel down as we can never achieve parity with other world powers; and most of all the act of violence only creates more violence.
Here is what is happening in the world of the Canadian Military
Attack Politics - this is more about ignoring actual issues than anything else. The politicians seem to have no desire to work together to achieve common goals and would rather take potshots at each other. They come across as juvinile and Canadians are not stupid, they don't want to see ads about how much you dislike each other.
Here are some examples of what I am talking about
and for fun....
"Our solutions are realistic because they follow “best practices” already in place in parts of Canada and around the world. These practices are cost-effective, deliver results, and benefit people, the economy and the environment.
The Green Party’s down-to-earth solutions will work in Canada because they have worked around the world. Many have been successfully applied in Europe, where Greens are elected at all political levels, including the European Union and national parliaments. Countries where Greens have served in government are the countries creating new high-paying jobs while simultaneously meeting targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They are the countries where the gap between rich and poor is small and the standard of living is high. These countries don’t trade off the environment for the economy. Their economies and environmental laws are both strong".
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