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Green Party Platform

On April 6 the Globe and Mail published a summarized list of the Liberal Party platform released on their official website. The following is the article as published.

The Economy

  • Reduce income taxes (including eliminating personal taxes on incomes of $20,000 or less) and payroll taxes
  • Eliminate large corporate subsidies and grants programs on activities that harm the environment
  • Establish a minimum wage of $10 an hour under the Canada Labour Code
  • Provide federal funding to local green business start-ups and to locally-raised venture capital



A Youth Community and Environment Service Corps, which would provide federal minimum wage employment for 40,000 young people every year for four years, in exchange for a $4,000 tuition credit at the end of each year



  • Creating a federally-funded school lunch program across the country so that children can have daily access to healthy local food
  • Train more doctors and nurses, and work with the Canadian Medical Association to fast-track certification of foreign-trained health care professionals
  • Provide student loan forgiveness incentives to graduating health care professionals who agree to work in rural facilities
  • Provide funds to alternative therapies, such as chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists
  • Ban all advertisements for tobacco products



Introduce a Comprehensive Security Plan to coordinate between the RCMP, CSIS, CBSA, the Coast Guard and DFAIT



  • Provide grants to non-profit societies setting up palliative care hospices
  • Guarantee the right to draw a ‘living will’ that allows people to limit or refuse medical intervention if they are nearing the end of their life



According to the Green Party website, the party supports building a national childcare plan and offering flex hours for working parents.


The Environment

  • Phase out the use of all genetically-modified food products, and reduce the use of pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics and other chemical agents in agriculture
  • Amend the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include the right of future Canadians to breathable air and drinkable water
  • Establish a National Parks Completion Budget of $500-million
  • End federal assistance to the commercial seal hunt
  • Strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act with regulations to reduce airborne contaminants, substances shown to be a risk to human health, and toxic chemicals.
  • Add pollution prevention to the mandate of the CEPA
  • Work towards a ‘zero waste’ future, where manufacturers are responsible for the entire lifespan of a product, including recycling at the end of its usefulness