Green Party Policy
Comprehensive, Accessible, Dynamic
This may surprise many Canadians but the Green Party is far more than a one-issue environmental movement. The idea of sustainability is not just about clean air and clear water but also about economics, social policy, democracy, and international policy.
The Vision Green policy document is available at any time to download from the Green Party website. Unlike other major parties who revamp their platform for every election, the Green Party platform is a persistent, living document. Green Party policies are not designed to beat the other parties or address the current popular issue but to offer real solutions for real issues in a constructive and meaningful way.
The platform is dynamic, too, in that it is constantly being debated, revised, and updated to move with the times. Participation in the process of updating the platform and policies is open to all members of the party and are voted on at conventions and online.
Green Party economic policies are a based on practical sustainable principles. You may be surprised to learn that Canada’s Green Party is more fiscally conservative than even the mainstream right wing parties. That is part of sustainability, but so is building good jobs and a diversified economy.
Sustainable Social Policy
Green Policy is all about people. Good economic stewardship, healthy environmental standards, and a sustainable social policy are all about giving people in Canada and around the world better lives. Green Party policy covers a wide range of issues from reducing poverty to improving healthcare to a fair justice system to providing jobs for youth. You may be equally surprised to learn that Canada’s Green Party is just as concerned about healthcare, jobs, and education as most of our left-leaning parties.
Leading the World
Canada is a small country but we have a tremendous track record in terms of leading the world by example of how to be an open, equal, caring society. Many in the world rely on our generosity, our openness, and our willingness to engage with others in constructive compromise. Green Party policy reflects our belief that Canada can be a strong partner in working with other nations to meet the challenges of a complex world.
We’ve long known that people are disenchanted with Canada’s democracy. Governments are elected with majority of seats who represent nowhere near a majority of the people. The results are damaging; dirty politics and a fed up electorate mean there are fewer and fewer good ideas being brought to the table of government. We’d like to see a positive and constructive government put there by an interested and engaged electorate.
If the Environment fails, we all fail. We believe we can improve the environment without disastrous economic results. In fact, we believe that not taking strong action now to solve the environmental problems before us will have unpredictable and unprecedented impacts on our economies and our societies.