We’re prepared to lead global climate action. For our economy, for our children, for our planet.
The climate crisis is here. According to the 2018 report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we must reduce global CO2 emissions by at least 45 per cent by 2030. Some say that means we have less 11 years to hold the global temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. But we do not have 11 years. Decisive action must be taken in the next two or three years to allow the transformative changes that are required, to work together and reduce our carbon emissions.
The climate emergency is the single most dangerous health and security threat Canadians will ever face. We can hear it in the growing alarms from leading climate scientists; we can see it in Canada’s increasingly severe natural disasters – in storm surges on our coasts, in our melting Arctic ice-caps, in the wildfires that consume our forests.
The other parties – and the corporate interests that influence them – would have Canadians believe that our domestic economy can’t shoulder ambitious climate action. Greens know this narrative is tired and wrong. The world’s top economists and scientists have proved that the Green economy is nimble, competitive and rapidly growing.
Ambitious climate action is the only way forward. Greens aren’t willing to risk our survival for the profits of the obsolete fossil fuel economy. As Canada’s only political party committed to bold, transformational climate action, we know we need to encourage Green innovation and move our energy sector to renewable sources by 2030.
Our only possible future is low-carbon. Greens have launched “Mission: Possible – The Green Climate Action Plan” to map a course to a post-carbon, prosperous and safe world. Here’s how we plan to take action:
- Slash greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent by 2030 and to zero by 2050
- Establish an inner Cabinet, akin to the Second World War “War Cabinets” to ensure we take partisan politics out of the fight for our survival
- End all fossil fuel industry subsidies
- Implement a bold Canadian climate and energy strategy that includes robust plans to build and sustain the green economy
- Lead a movement to divest from fossil fuels, starting with the federal government
- Invest in a Canadian Grid Strategy to deliver 100 per cent renewable electricity across Canada
- Give incentives to Canadians to retrofit their homes and prompt our entrepreneurs to develop green technologies
- Retrofit all buildings in Canada – residential, commercial and institutional to high energy efficiency standards
- Introduce a revenue-neutral price on carbon pollution through a fee and dividend system
- Rapidly phase out coal-fired electricity and transition to a prosperous decarbonized economy
- Develop a global plan to reduce emissions from international aviation and shipping
- Launch a massive tree-planting initiative in our hinterlands and in our urban centres
- Prepare for those levels of climate crisis we can no longer avoid. Assist farmers, fishers and others in vulnerable sectors to adapt and thrive.
- Buy water bombers. Build fire breaks. Fortify dikes and dams. Protect Canadians from climate emergencies of all kinds.
Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system must go. It represents neither our voices nor our values. It tips the scales for the establishment parties, who win 100 percent of the power with less than 40 percent of the vote. It encourages politicians to play divisive party games to whip votes, curry favour and get re-elected, usually with the support of fewer than half the voters in their ridings.
We want to reclaim our democracy. We need an electoral system that makes our Parliament reflect our priorities. Our vote should represent our top priorities, our values and a vision for the future represented on the national stage.
It’s time our cities, towns and transportation systems entered the 21st century. Canada’s city planning is outdated. Eighty-two percent of Canadians live in urban centres, yet our roads, public transit systems, sprawling suburbs and disproportionately small municipal budgets are relics of a time when most of us lived in rural areas.
Poor planning means gridlock, longer commute times, mismanaged bike lanes, overcrowded buses, smoggy skylines and unsustainable levels of greenhouse gas emissions from private cars.
Canadians should love where they live. We want cities and towns connected by modern railways and public transportation, places where Canadian workers and families can move freely and easily experience all their regions have to offer. That’s why Green MPs will:
- Create a smart, clear National Transportation Plan
- Reinvest in our national rail network
- Restore bus service to rural and remote Canada, purchasing electric buses
- Increase federal funding for pedestrian, cycling and car-sharing infrastructure in towns and cities
- Reinvest in public transportation infrastructure to make it convenient, safe, comfortable and affordable
- Offer rebates for purchasing energy efficient vehicles, and within 10 years ban the purchase of new internal combustion engine vehicles
- Mandate energy retrofits for all buildings by 2030
Poverty in Canada is widespread and our current social programs do not eliminate poverty; they treat and perpetuate poverty.
Ending systemic poverty means rethinking the system. Canada is among the richest countries in the world. We have the resources and talent to create a truly just society. Canada’s social safety net was developed almost 50 years ago. There have been no bold innovations since the government of Lester B. Pearson. It is time for the next major innovations – pharmacare and Guaranteed Liveable Income. We can eliminate poverty and create a healthier, stronger Canada.
The current poverty band-aid system encourages an underground economy, in cash-only transactions, to avoid the claw back of poverty payments. We need to shut down the underground economy and ensure proper taxation. It will cost far less than we pay now to maintain densely bureaucratic social systems and cover the many other costs poverty imposes on our society.