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Michelle Paquette

Michelle Paquette

Communist candidate for Ottawa—Vanier
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Health

Prescription drug coverage

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Expand Medicare now to include universal public pharmacare, dental and eye care, long-term care and mental health care.

Nationalize the pharmaceutical industry.

Dental care

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Expand Medicare now to include universal public pharmacare, dental and eye care, long-term care and mental health care.

Mental health

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Expand Medicare now to include universal public pharmacare, dental and eye care, long-term care and mental health care.

Eye care

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Expand Medicare now to include universal public pharmacare, dental and eye care, long-term care and mental health care.

Home & long-term care

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Expand Medicare now to include universal public pharmacare, dental and eye care, long-term care and mental health care.

Safe access to abortion

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Guarantee accessible and publicly funded abortion and reproductive rights services in every province and territory.

Women's & reproductive health

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Guarantee accessible and publicly funded abortion and reproductive rights services in every province and territory.

Environment, Climate Change, & Energy

Carbon pricing

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Replace cap-and-trade and carbon tax schemes with strict legal limits for pollution and hard caps emissions, especially from industrial sources, that would reduce emissions to zero by 2050. Impose strong penalties for corporations which break the law, including jail time for corporate executives.

Green jobs

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Create an overall “green jobs” plan to tackle urgent social, economic, transport and environmental priorities. Increase investment in sustainable industrial processes, and to expand renewable energy sources, especially solar, wind, hydro and geothermal power.

Green buildings and housing

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Build a million units of low-cost, energy-efficient social housing for sale and rent. Upgrade and maintain existing housing units to be safe, secure, affordable, accessible and environmentally sound.

Energy production

Policy by Michelle Paquette
End corporate driven energy extraction and export policies, which aim to boost profits at the expense of Indigenous rights and the health and safety of people. Cancel all pipeline projects that enable the maintenance and expansion of tar sands extraction, and halt all fracking operations. Phase out nuclear energy and the tar sands operations, and guarantee jobs at equivalent wages for energy workers in the renewable energy sector and in other sectors of the economy.

Major energy projects

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Build an east-west power grid, and rebuild publicly-owned and democratically controlled provincial electrical utility systems that include production, distribution, transmission and bulk electricity system market, to ensure affordable, safe and reliable power supply for industrial and residential use.

Waste & pollution

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Transition to a zero-waste economy; set higher standards for product design, reduced packaging, labelling and collection after use to improve waste diversion rates.

Green governance

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Public ownership of energy resources, under democratic control and planning, operated in a transparent manner that ensures responsible economic, social and environmental stewardship. Only public ownership can make it possible to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and to put the interests of people and the environment ahead of private corporate profits.

Military and the Environment

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Cut military spending by 75%, ending the huge carbon footprint related to deployment of fighter-bomber jets, the naval fleet, and other military purposes.

Transportation

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Reduce reliance on private vehicles; build and deliver free urban public transit in all major cities, and encourage alternatives such as cycling, walking, etc. Build affordable and rapid inter-urban rail transit for passengers. Set much higher fuel efficiency standards for vehicles built and sold in Canada; establish a Canadian automobile industry to build affordable and fuel-efficient electric vehicles.

Agriculture

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Protect Canada’s food sovereignty and reduce energy costs by promoting sustainable domestic agriculture and farmland preservation.

Electricity

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Build an east-west power grid, and rebuild publicly-owned and democratically controlled provincial electrical utility systems that include production, distribution, transmission and bulk electricity system market, to ensure affordable, safe and reliable power supply for industrial and residential use.

Jobs & the Economy

Employment Insurance

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Increase EI benefits to 90% of previous earnings for all workers including part-time workers and first-time job seekers – for the full duration of unemployment.

Minimum wage & universal income

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Raise the minimum wage to $20/hour and legislate a minimum four weeks annual statutory paid vacations.

Part-time and contract work

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Adopt a full-employment policy and replace precarious work with well-paid, permanent jobs.

Let workers share the benefits of AI (artificial intelligence) and other new technology in the workplace with a 32 hour work week for 40 hours pay, with no loss in service to the public.

Include part-time, home-based and contract workers under federal and provincial labour laws.

Guarantee benefits and pensions for part-time, home-based and contract workers.

Unpaid internships

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Ban undpaid internships.

Public service

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Reverse the privatization and contracting-out of public services, Medicare, education, and social programs.

Restore and expand public services.

Auto industry

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Nationalize the basic steel industry, Bombardier, and the Canadian operations of the Big 3 US automakers which are moving their operations out of Canada to low wage jurisdictions.

Keep the jobs, the plants and the machinery and equipment, and retool to produce urban and inter-urban rapid transit vehicles and an electric car that’s affordable and environmentally sustainable. Make it the centrepiece of a new transportation policy for Canada.

Manufacturing jobs

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Develop and implement a comprehensive full employment strategy based on massive public investments to increase value-added jobs in environmentally sustainable manufacturing and secondary industry

Expand value added manufacturing and secondary industry in Canada and adopt trade policies that are multi-lateral and mutually beneficial.

Pensions

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Protect and expand the universal public pension system.

Poverty

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Introduce a Guaranteed Annual Livable Income to raise living standards and combat poverty especially among Indigenous peoples, new immigrants, women, youth, seniors and persons with disabilities.

Public infrastructure

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Rebuild Canada’s public infrastructure

Jobs in oil, gas, and coal

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Cancel all pipeline projects based on expansion of tar sands extraction, and halt all fracking operations.

Phase out nuclear energy and the tar sands operations, and guarantee jobs for energy industry workers in the renewable energy sector and in other sectors of the economy.

Overtime

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Ban overtime, ‘two-tier wages’ for new hires, and unpaid internships.

Housing

Housing supply

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Build one million units of social housing for sale and for rent, create hundreds of thousands of new green jobs in construction and manufacturing.
Enact a federal housing policy that recognizes housing is a fundamental human right, and make housing a public utility.
Ensure that no-one pays more than 20% of their income on shelter using rent controls and rent roll-backs.

Human Rights

Hate crimes

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Enforce hate speech laws on campuses and wherever racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, misogynist, homophobic and transphobic speakers and groups are testing the law.
Hate speech is criminal activity. Hate groups should also be prosecuted as criminal organizations.
Close the wage gap – legislate pay and employment equity for women, Indigenous people, disabled people, racialized, and 2S/LGBTIQ people.

Gender-based violence

Policy by Michelle Paquette
End all forms of violence against women 2S/LGBTIQ and provide adequate funding for crisis centres and transition houses.

Conversion therapy & intersex surgery

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Make ‘conversion’ therapy illegal.

Racism in law enforcement

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Ban racial profiling and carding by the RCMP, provincial and local police.

Detainment for anti-terrorism

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Stop the drive to a police state in Canada. Repeal C-59 (formerly C-51) and all other undemocratic and repressive “anti-terrorism” legislation.

Sex work

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Repeal Harper’s Bill C-36 the so-called “Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act” which attacks the human rights of sex workers.

Education & Training

Student loans

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Eliminate student debt.

Post-secondary education

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Make universal quality public and post-secondary education free to all, including international students, and including textbook and lab costs, with stipends to cover students’ living expenses.

Justice, Crime, & Law Enforcement

Policing

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Stop the drive to a police state in Canada.

Ban racial profiling and carding by the RCMP, provincial and local police.

Stop government spying, police violence and agents provocateurs, and use of the courts to repress civil and democratic rights.

Strengthen parliamentary oversight of the armed forces and put the RCMP and provincial and local police forces under civilian control.

Prosecute police for illegal activities including unlawful use of force and murder.

Guns

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Ban the sale and possession of hand guns and military assault weapons.

Extremism & terrorism

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Stop the drive to a police state in Canada. Repeal C-59 (formerly C-51) and all other undemocratic and repressive “anti-terrorism” legislation.

Legal aid & access to justice

Policy by Michelle Paquette
No one is illegal. Stop deportations of immigrants and refugees, and reverse cuts to legal aid.
Repeal ‘Deferred Prosecution Agreements’ that allow corporations like SNC Lavalin to avoid prosecution for criminal activities.
Strengthen laws governing corporations and prosecute corporate law-breakers to full extent of the law.

Natural Resources

Immigration, Refugees, & Borders

Economic immigration

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Scrap the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and the “Live-in Caregiver” Program, and provide a clear and accessible path to permanent residency and citizenship for all foreign and migrant workers in Canada.

Refugees

Policy by Michelle Paquette
No one is illegal. Stop deportations of immigrants and refugees, and reverse cuts to legal aid.

Safe Third Country agreement

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Repeal the ‘Safe Third Country’ agreement and stop criminalizing refugees forced to enter Canada illegally and in dangerous conditions.

Quota system

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Repeal the racist quota system which discriminates against immigrants from racialized countries.

Illicit Drugs & Overdoses

Opioid crisis

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Expand public health and reverse service cuts.
Reduce drug overdose deaths with harm reduction and ‘safe supply’ policies.
Nationalize the pharmaceutical industry.

Transit & Transportation

Public transit options

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Substantially expand urban mass transit, eliminating bus and transit fares.

Low-emissions vehicles

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Nationalize the basic steel industry, Bombardier, and the Canadian operations of the Big 3 US automakers which are moving their operations out of Canada to low wage jurisdictions.
Keep the jobs, the plants and the machinery and equipment, and retool to produce urban and inter-urban rapid transit vehicles and an electric car that’s affordable and environmentally sustainable. Make it the centrepiece of a new transportation policy for Canada.

Agriculture & Food

Supply management

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Expand Canada’s supply management system (threatened by free trade agreements), to raise farm incomes, and protect food safety and security.

Indigenous Issues

Indigenous rights

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Recognize and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, including Indigenous Peoples’ right to veto over any resource or development projects on their land.
Guarantee Indigenous rights to full, free, prior and informed consent over all development, including resource extraction and pipelines on or affecting their land or livelihoods.
Remove vestiges of colonialism from all federal legislation; act now for just settlement of land claims, including natural resource-sharing agreements,

Indigenous children

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Take emergency action to improve living conditions, employment, health, education, and housing of Indigenous peoples, and immediately end the racist and discriminatory cap on educational and health funding for treaty First Nations children.

Indigenous housing

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Take emergency action to improve living conditions, employment, health, education, and housing of Indigenous peoples, and immediately end the racist and discriminatory cap on educational and health funding for treaty First Nations children.

Indigenous education

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Take emergency action to improve living conditions, employment, health, education, and housing of Indigenous peoples, and immediately end the racist and discriminatory cap on educational and health funding for treaty First Nations children.

Reconciliation & justice

Policy by Michelle Paquette
mplement the recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Treaties & land claims

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Remove vestiges of colonialism from all federal legislation; act now for just settlement of land claims, including natural resource-sharing agreements, without extinguishment of inherent Aboriginal title.

Technology

Artificial Intelligence

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Let workers share the benefits of AI (artificial intelligence) and other new technology in the workplace with a 32 hour work week for 40 hours pay, with no loss in service to the public.

Government & Democracy

The Senate

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Abolish the Senate and replace it with a House of Nationalities comprised of an equal number of elected representatives from the nations within Canada.

Electoral reform

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Enact mixed-member proportional representation and the right to recall MPs.

Municipal government

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Restore local democracy and autonomy and adequately fund municipal governments and services.
Give constitutional status and wealth taxing powers to municipalities.

International Relations

Israel & Palestine

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Oppose Israeli apartheid – support a just peace in the Middle East based on Israel’s withdrawal from all territories occupied since 1967, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and the formation of an independent, viable Palestinian state.

Nuclear weapons

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Support the global abolition of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction – sign the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty.

Foreign Policy

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Adopt an independent Canadian foreign policy of peace and disarmament, cut military spending by 75% and withdraw from NATO and NORAD.
Reject the Big Business parties’ drive to war and reaction.

Government Services & Crown Corporations

Canada Post

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Introduce postal banking and restore universal home delivery at Canada Post

Public broadcasting

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Restore funding for the CBC and invest in the National Film Board (NFB-ONF), Telefilm Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada, Conseil des arts du Canada / Canada Council for the Arts, Aboriginal People Television Network, Canadian Museum Association / Association des musées canadiens, and other publicly owned institutions.

Child care

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Establish a system of universally accessible, affordable, quality public childcare now, with Canada-wide standards.
Raise the wages of childcare workers, and make Early Childhood Education qualifications mandatory.

Military & Veterans

Defence funding

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Cut military spending by 75%, ending the huge carbon footprint related to deployment of fighter-bomber jets, the naval fleet, and other military purposes.
Redirect military spending to search & rescue, and emergency disaster response capabilities.

Misc.

Taxation

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Tax the greedy, not the needy!
Enact progressive tax reform based on ability to pay, and put the load on those most able to pay: the corporations and the wealthy.
Double the corporate tax rate, restore the capital tax, and impose taxes on 100% of capital gains.
End tax loopholes and shelters; collect unpaid and deferred corporate taxes and jail corporate tax evaders.
Eliminate taxes on incomes under $40,000/yr.
Abolish the regressive HST and provincial sales taxes.
Enact wealth and inheritance taxes

Seniors

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Introduce a Guaranteed Annual Livable Income to raise living standards and combat poverty especially among Indigenous peoples, new immigrants, women, youth, seniors and persons with disabilities.

Arts & culture

Policy by Michelle Paquette
Make access to publicly funded museums, galleries, films, and concerts free to the public.
Create state agencies such as NFB-ONF that allow creators and workers in the cultural industry a stable and decent job.
No to precarious work in the cultural sector.
Tax Netflix and all foreign for-profit cultural businesses, and use the funds to support public and democratic cultural work, and workers, across Canada and in Quebec, Acadia, and Indigenous communities and nations.
Increase state support for Canad

Biography

submitted by the candidate or their team
Michelle Paquette is a public library worker, youth organizer, feminist Canadian art historian (UQAM) and labour relations student at Algonquin College.

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