- Below, we have outlined the Green party platform specifically as it addresses the concerns of Montreal residents.
- Criticized for its singular focus on environmental issues, the party this year has taken a stance on issues ranging from immigration to Quebec Bill 21.
This is MTL Blog’s Federal Election Platform Series.
Over the course of the next few weeks, leading up to the Federal Election on October 21, we’re outlining the platforms of Canada’s major federal political parties, including the Conservative Party, the Green Party, the Liberal Party, and the New Democratic Party.
This week, we're discussing the Green Party platform and where they stand on issues that matter most to you. We'll be focusing on issues specific to the concerns of Quebecers.
Elizabeth May has been the leader of the federal Green Party since 2006 and has been advocating for country-wide climate action since before it was cool. Frequently criticized for being a "one-issue" party, the Greens have laid out an ambitious and detailed election platform for this year's election cycle.
The Green Party outlines "a deep commitment and action plan to genuine truth, justice and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. The platform speaks to our immediate anxieties about affordability – in housing, prescription drugs and education."
Along with tackling the climate emergency head-on, the Green Party plans to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour and will make university tuition-free for all Canadians.
Here's where the Green Party stands on issues that matter most to Montrealers!
The Greens want to include environmental refugees as an official refugee category.
Elizabeth May hasn't discussed specifics, but her party wants to increase refugee numbers in order to fill job vacancies.
The Green Party wants to remove the loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement that allows asylum seekers to make claims at unofficial points of entry like Roxham Road.
The party wants to transition into a completely "Green Economy." They will create a "just transition" framework for fossil fuel sector workers.
The Green Party will raise the corporate tax rate from 15% to 21%.
They will make college and university tuition-free for all students across Canada.
The Greens will reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2030, doubling the targets of the Paris Accord. They plan for Canada to be carbon-neutral by 2050.
They will oppose any pipeline projects in Quebec and across Canada. They would ban fracking and end foreign oil imports.
The Green Party has numerous other measures in place for green initiatives across the country. Environmental action has been their top priority since they've been an official party.
Nothing specific has been announced for Quebec as of yet, but the Greens want to build 25,000 new affordable housing units in urban centres.
They will also retrofit 15,000 houses every year for the next 10 years.
Bill 21 & Quebec
Elizabeth May says Bill 21 violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms but the party would not seek to intervene in provincial affairs.
The Greens will ban the sale of combustion engine vehicles by 2030.
The party will invest over $600 million in rail networks and rail connections. The Greens will develop a high-speed rail network between Toronto, Ottawa, and Quebec City.
They will also waive the federal sales tax for those who buy electric cars and bicycles.
Stay tuned for more party platforms from MTL Blog!
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Liberal Platform (coming soon!)
NDP Platform (coming soon!)