Green party un­veils cam­paign plat­form with bil­lions in prom­ises, with­out deficit

Asian Journal - - British Columbia -

Van­cou­ver: The Green party is pledg­ing to in­vest bil­lions of dol­lars in sus­tain­able jobs, ex­panded health care and sup­port for se­niors, all with­out run­ning a deficit. The Greens were the first of the fed­eral par­ties to un­veil their plat­form be­fore the Oct. 19 elec­tion. “Our plat­form shows that the Green party is the party of big ideas: the party that will en­sure the 21st cen­tury is suc­cess­ful for all Cana­dian fam­i­lies,’’ Leader El­iz­a­beth May said in a news re­lease Wed­nes­day be­fore speak­ing in Van­cou­ver. “Sus­tain­able eco­nomic plans, ag­gres­sive cli­mate ac­tion, demo­cratic re­forms, and na­tional strate­gies to sup­port our com­mu­ni­ties: this is what the Green party stands for.’’ The econ­omy is top of mind for Cana­di­ans, May said, adding the Green party would in­vest in sus­tain­able tech­nol­ogy and re­new­able energy in­fra­struc­ture to achieve eco­nomic suc­cess. “Canada has the po­ten­tial to cap­i­tal­ize on the sin­gle-big­gest busi­ness op­por­tu­nity in hu­man history, the shift to a green econ­omy through cleantech and green in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments,’’ she said. A key point in the plat­form is the ex­pan­sion of uni­ver­sal health care to cover pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion for all Cana­di­ans, a move the party said would save $11 bil­lion a year through bulk buy­ing. The Greens also promised to put a price on car­bon and give the money gen­er­ated back to all Cana­di­ans aged 18 and older through a “car­bon div­i­dend.’’ The party promised $6.4 bil­lion a year in mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture spend­ing, a min­i­mum wage of $15 an hour and $75 mil­lion in an­nual fund­ing for sci­en­tists. A Green gov­ern­ment would re­store fund­ing to Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, the CBC and Canada Post, and re­peal the con­tro­ver­sial anti-terror bill, C-51, May said.

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