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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

 

Education

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

 

Health

  • 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

 

Defence

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

 

Seniors

  • 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

 

Families

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