Saturday, September 19, 2009
A Community-based Economic Policy
Green Party of Saskatchewan MLAs will push for the creation of a special task force to establish a participatory process for developing a sustainable economic policy for Saskatchewan. The goal of a new policy is to cease treating Saskatchewan’s unique ecosystem and communities as commodities for the use and exploitation by both trans and multi-national corporations. The GPS recognizes that economic sustainability is dependant on ecological sustainability coming first.
The Green Party of Saskatchewan supports alternative economic systems that benefit all humanity and explore the potential option of worker-owned industries and businesses as one possible solution to the present economic dilemma. Green MLAs will advocate for Green Jobs such as installation and research of renewable energy and energy conservation technologies, and we will ensure a ‘just transition’ for all affected workers who make the transition from unsafe and sustainably unsound industries to clean, green, and safe careers.
A Green Government will:
· Move to implement "true" or "full-cost" accounting, whereby products and services are priced according to the positive or negative impacts they cause throughout their lifecycle. This will allow our society to make rational market choices that will guide the economy toward environmental sustainability.
· End subsidies to highly profitable industries such as oil and gas, and shift funding to encourage the creation and growth of small businesses and rural value adding industries.
· Place an emphasis on local and Canadian ownership and control.
· Provide start up loans to stimulate the creation and support of new consumer co-ops.
· Work to re-establish efficient railways in order to reduce the wear and tear on our road system caused by oversized trucks using under-engineered roads.
A Green Government starts with electing Saskatchewan's first Green MLA!
Other policy for a Community-based Economy:
The Green Party of Saskatchewan supports alternative economic systems that benefit all humanity and explore the potential option of worker-owned industries and businesses as one possible solution to the present economic dilemma.
Northern Employment Strategy
RESOLVED that the Green Party of Saskatchewan work to move Saskatchewan towards supporting self-reliance of northern residents through ecotourism, housing and low technology sustainable resource use.
Controlling multinational corporations
All multinational corporations operating within the borders of Saskatchewan be required to meet standards and obligations which include benefits for Saskatchewan and its people and the environment, as well as be shown,
that multinational corporation, not to be operating anywhere else in the world causing suffering or exploitation of people as well as be shown not to be damaging the environment.
This act would be known as the Responsible Corporate Citizen Act. Those multinational corporations shown not to be meeting the requirements of the Act would be forbidden from operating within the borders of Saskatchewan.
Promoting Local Economies
BE IT RESOLVED that A Green Party of Saskatchewan government would promote policies that favour local communities and their economies. Part of this policy would be promoting decentralization of such things as food production and energy. This policy would also favour family farms over corporate style farms which cause damage to the environment. Green Party of Saskatchewan policy would empower local communities so they could protect their wooden grain elevators and say no to giant hog barns.
Support for a “Quality Saskatchewan” Program
BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Saskatchewan supports a series of initiatives which would result in the creation of a “Quality Saskatchewan” program which would promote Saskatchewan agriculture, industry, products, institutions and communities nationally and internationally as being certified high quality, environmentally responsible and economically sustainable products, institutions and communities.
Ensure corporate rights do not violate common good
Be it resolved that a Green Party of Saskatchewan government, while respecting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, will review and modify past legislation so that private or corporate ownership power does not violate the common good.
Be it resolved that the green party oppose the adoption of the TILMA agreement and do
everything in its power to educate the public about its danger to democracy.
Be it resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan will work to maintain and preserve the rail road track between Saskatoon and Regina, specifically the portion that is planned to be demolished between Davidson and Regina.
A Community-based Economic Policy
A Green Party of Saskatchewan government will create a special task force to establish a participatory process for developing a sustainable economic policy for Saskatchewan. The goal of a new policy is to cease treating Saskatchewan’s unique ecosystem and communities as commodities for the use and exploitation by both trans and multi-national corporations. The GPS recognizes that economic sustainability is dependant on ecological sustainability coming first.
A Green Party of Saskatchewan government will require that all multinational corporations permitted to operate within the borders of Saskatchewan be required to meet standards and obligations which benefit Saskatchewan people and the Saskatchewan environment, and require that they be shown to not be operating elsewhere in the world in a manner causing suffering or exploitation of people or damage to the environment.
A Green Party of Saskatchewan government strongly supports the role of Crown Corporations where appropriate in the development of Saskatchewan and in providing essential services to Saskatchewan people, but will prohibit Saskatchewan Crown Corporations from investing their profits in out-of-Saskatchewan ventures unless it is in partnership with a Canadian firm whose primary role and operation is in Saskatchewan.
A Green Party of Saskatchewan government will oppose the private corporate ownership and control of natural resources now held by the Crown for the people of Saskatchewan.
Just transition policy
Be it resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan support the concept of just transition for all workers currently working in unsound industries and publicly discuss the concept of just transition as a way of taking workers into the new sustainable economy.
Be it resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan work with our labour allies to implement legislation pertaining to anti-scab provisions, pay equity and most available hours.
Be it resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan promote the rights of workers, and
Be it further resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan help to educate all Saskatchewan workers about their current rights.
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