Why Vote Green?
* A consistent voice for the environment. While both the NDP and Greens favour immediate electrification of the Pearson Air Rail Link, the NDP would subsidize the oil industry and make car pollution easier by reducing gasoline tax, even though some of those funds help provide transit services like the TTC. The Green Party has a solid and consistent policy to reduce energy bills by prioritizing conservation, such as investing in retrofits for your home and business, opposing expensive new nuclear projects, and investing in the renewable energy sector where prices are steadily falling. Read more about our Energy Platform
* A voice for individual equality unbiased by vested special interests. Unlike the Liberal party which has continued to ignore discrimination in our publicly funded schools, the Green Party stands behind a plan to work – through a citizen’s assembly – to create a single taxpayer funded school system (for each official language) which is open to all students, parents and teachers regardless of religion, sexual orientation, or any other consideration. Read more about our platform on Education, Jobs & the Economy or watch Justin discuss some of the problems with our current school system in this video
* A pragmatic and moderate approach to governance. Unlike the PCs who favour taking a sledgehammer to vital programs because they aren’t working perfectly, we favour reforming them to make them work. The PCs would undo the Green Energy Act, the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and a number of other programs. Instead, we favour reforming the Green Energy Act to prioritize local small business access to the grid and reforming the LHINs to allow real community engagement in healthcare decisions. This would have been useful in the case of the Methadone clinic on Strickland Ave. Read more about our Healthcare platform or watch Justin’s video
In addition, we are the only party to put forward some innovative new ideas:
* Only Greens have a Food & Farming Strategy among our 5 point plan, focused on providing food security and healthy food options in schools. Read more here
* Only Greens are focusing on governance reform to ensure openness and transparency, and calling for an end to donations by powerful corporations and unions to provincial parties. Read more here
* Only Greens are discussing a fundamental shift in the way we tax. We would balance a reduction of taxes on the things we want, like income and increasing property value, as a spur to job and housing creation, against an increase in taxes on those things we wish to decrease, to provide an incentive to reduce pollution, carbon emissions and the poor use of land. Only Greens are proposing for Ontario a version of the popular and successful BC carbon tax. Justin gives more details in this video