Before a room full of supporters in Vancouver today, the Green Party released their election platform with a number of promises, including cutting student debt, dental care for youth and low-income earners and creating national policies on transportation, housing and energy.
The party is offering up a balanced budget as well. Party leader Elizabeth May says the biggest change the Greens would make to bring in revenue is increase the corporate tax by five percent.
“Talking about a corporate tax rate of 19% for large corporations is not going to lead to flight of capital. It’s still competitive within the industrialized world and within the OECD,but it does provide another 7.5 billion dollars a year in revenue.”
The small business tax would be at 9%.
May says the legalization and taxing of pot would also boost the bottom line to fund many of the platform promises.
“What I failed to recognize until our economists went and looked at the most recent studies, is that by the time you legalize and tax and regulate cannabis sales…the taxation is actually quite a good revenue stream.”
The party platform is based on four pillars, and comes with a full budgetary breakdown.
- Establish a Canadian Sustainable Generations Fund “by creating a fund to invest in skills-training, education, energy efficiency, renewables, and emerging technologies.”
- National Sustainable Jobs Plan “by investing in well-paying, local, and sustainable jobs in our communities.”
- Abolish post-secondary tuition fees
- Slash and cap student debt at $10,000
- Partner with First Nations on resource development
- Put small Canadian businesses first
- Support local food security
- Defend Canada’s public health care
- Implement a National Seniors Strategy
- Re-invest in the CBC and Radio-Canada
- Protect Canada Post
- Ensure safety, defense, and disaster preparedness for communities
- Elect honest Members of Parliament
- Restore Canadian science and evidence-based decision-making
- Create a Council of Canadian Governments to set national goals in collaboration with all levels of government
- Repeal Bill C-51 to defend Canadian’s Charter of rights and privacy
- Fix our electoral system
- Defend Canada’s sovereignty
- Reverse Harper’s legacy and get out country back
Bold Action on Climate Change
- Defend coastal waters from risky pipelines and oil tankers
- Halt oil sands expansion
- Implement a robust Canadian Climate and Energy Strategy
- Create a National Transportation Strategy with strict new rules on rail safety
- End thermal coal exports
- Demonstrate climate leadership at the UN Climate Summit in Paris
Read the detailed document with budget overview (pg. 42) here: