Introduction


The Green Party of Canada (GPC), prior to 2007, was modelled on Green Parties throughout the world, with a strong focus on environmental issues that remains today. In 2007, under the direction of Elizabeth May, a full platform was developed to cover the issues of finance, world affairs, governance, social issues, and others.

This platform, VISION GREEN, was made available to the public prior to the 2008 election and updated in 2011 and 2015. The focus remains on the environment, and how a successful Canadian economy into the future will require a rapid transition to renewable energy sources.

This summary is developed from VISION GREEN (2015), and touches on selected items of most interest.

The full platform is 175 pages long, and can be found at www.greenparty.ca/en/vision-green


The Green Economy


  • introduce a carbon fee, similar to the BC gas tax, with direct and matching rebate cheques
  • tax carbon at source, offset by lower income taxes and payroll taxes
  • introduce carbon tariffs against countries that do not price their carbon
  • restore corporate taxation to 18% (U.S. rate), offset by cuts to payroll taxes
  • shift tax rates from low income to high income
  • provide rebates to businesses and individuals investing in the low-carbon economy
  • end structural deficit budgets, with an emphasis on protecting social and environmental needs
  • increase monitoring of corporate environmental compliance
  • introduce a Green Venture Capital Fund
  • focus transportation funding away from highways, to rail, light rail, and public transit fund ‘Green City’ initiatives to move away from urban sprawl to downtown densification, funding speedy, safe and pleasant mass transit, including bike and walking routes
  • introduce a National Agriculture and Food Policy – emphasis on food safety and security, GMO labelling


Addressing the Climate Crisis


  • develop a national energy strategy on renewables, consumer efficiencies, and jobs
  • promote energy efficient buildings through a variety of incentives
  • support wind, solar and geothermal power with incentives and support to technology development
  • support low carbon vehicles through rebates and the development of electric plug-in grids
  • require auto manufacturers to reduce CO2 emissions to California standards
  • no subsidies for biofuels unless they are derived from waste products
  • eliminate all federal funding that encourages urban sprawl
  • forest and eco-system preservation, and expansion to our National Parks system
  • no approval for any new coal-fired generation
  • legislate against all oil tanker traffic from the west coast, phasing out existing facilities
  • establish a ‘Canada First’ National Energy Plan, establishing strategic reserves
  • build a Climate Change Adaption Fund, for disruption to coastal areas, the Arctic, and others

  • Preserving and Restoring the Environment

    • place a moratorium on further oil sands development
    • strengthen fisheries legislation to protect critical stock, and increase penalties for non-compliance
    • give fisheries greater protection from offshore oil production and shipping
    • ban offshore oil development in ecologically sensitive areas
    • sign the global treaty to ban bottom trawling, a moratorium on uncontained salmon farming
    • restrict the export of raw logs, value forests for ecosystem and carbon-sink values
    • end subsidies to, and eventually phase out, nuclear power
    • introduce ‘life cycle’ accounting for mining, oil & gas; valuing habitat loss, water quality, and CO2
    • tighten industry standards on air and water emissions, with a focus on First Nations clean water
    • National Park expansion, includes ‘no-take’ marine zones, wildlife corridors, and threatened habitat
    • tighten the Species at Risk Act
    • expand support to Environment Canada, with greater research and more independence


    Social Issues

    • strengthen the Canada Health Act, including a phased elimination of 2-tier health
    • strengthen non-union workers rights, and uphold rights of workers to organize
    • increase subsidies for post-secondary education by 25%, with student loans back under public trust
    • increase funding for university programs targeting a renewable future
    • a bulk drug purchasing agency, an inquiry into drug over-prescription, and shorter drug patents
    • legalization and regulation of marijuana, support to hard drug addict rehabilitation
    • support a woman’s right to an abortion, pay equity legislation, restore funding for women’s programs
    • support to the commitments to Aboriginals reached in the Kelowna accord
    • reduce prison time for non-violent offenders, and oppose prison privatization
    • repeal ‘mandatory minimums’ laws and increase the scope of restorative justice
    • toughen punishment for white collar crime, including willful pollution
    • protect children from marketing for junk foods and soft drinks
    • accept our appropriate share of the world’s refugees
    • temper CSIS intelligence gathering needs with rights for privacy and due process


    Global Issues

    • take a lead role with other countries on a post-Kyoto treaty on world carbon reduction
    • increase military support for disaster assistance, and reduce support for NATO war efforts
    • adhere to conditions of the Geneva Conference while fighting terrorism
    • oppose the militarization of space, and promote the nuclear weapons non-proliferation treaty
    • increase commitment to world poverty and development, while removing ideological agendas
    • support European proposals for an international transaction tax
    • endorse the right of Palestinians to statehood, and oppose expansion of the ‘settlements’
    • renegotiate international trade deals to ensure sovereignty environmental protection
    • rebuild international dialogue through an enhanced foreign service


    Good Government

    • establish an all-party Democratic Voting Commission to reverse anti-democratic trends
    • proportional representation by 2019, voting age lowered to 16
    • a code of conduct for the house, strengthen rules against lobbying, and improve transparency
    • slash the PMO budget by 50%
    • reduce the concentration of ownership in the media, and support the CBC
    • increase the mandate and powers of the Auditor General and Information Commissioner
    • restrict foreign ownership percentages in vital sectors, retaining rights to rate of exploitation
    • set up an independent review body for oversight of the RCMP
    • maintain special rights for Quebec and Aboriginal governments