The Green Party of Canada has presented a comprehensive statement of our policies and programs since 2007. In every election, we distill our top priorities in an election platform which is thoroughly costed and accompanied by a budget. Vision Green is not an election platform. It is both too lengthy and detailed for an election statement of priorities.
Vision Green gives any interested Canadian a more complete understanding of the full range of public policies Green Members of Parliament will work to implement, rooted in six core values:
- Social Justice
- Ecological Wisdom
- Respect for Diversity
- Grassroots Democracy
- Peace and non-Violence
Vision Green is a well-researched analysis of critical economic, environmental, and social challenges facing Canadians, and we present practical solutions that can be achieved if there is the political will and leadership to take forward-looking action. Our vision is based on policies approved by the membership of the Green Party, informed by experts, activists and citizens who participated in policy workshops held across Canada.
Our solutions are realistic because they follow ‘best practices’ already in place in parts of Canada and around the world. These practices are cost-effective, deliver results, and benefit people, the economy, and the environment. The Green Party’s down-to-earth solutions will work in Canada because they have worked around the world. Many have been successfully applied in Europe, where Greens are elected at all political levels, including the European Union and national parliaments. Countries where Greens have served in government are the countries creating new high-paying jobs while simultaneously meeting targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They are the countries where the gap between rich and poor is small and the standard of living is high. These countries don’t trade off the environment for the economy. Their economies and environmental laws are both strong.
The Green Party will never place the pursuit of power above principle. We will not allow partisan politics to get in the way of good ideas and needed action to combat climate change and take better care of our environment, our health, our economy and the quality of our lives. We developed Vision Green for the society we want by being mindful of the following questions:
- Does it advance the common good?
- Does it advance global peace and security?
- Does it address the needs of children?
- Does it ensure Canada’s continued quality of life and economic health?
- Does it make families more secure?
- Does it protect, enhance, and restore the life support systems of the planet?
- Does it promote systems − cultural, institutional, and technological − that are resilient and capable of adapting to shocks in a more unpredictable world?
Green Governments have vision for doing politics differently. With your vote and your help, we can make it real in Canada.
For the complete Vision Green document, here is where you can read it now or download it for later.