Walter Bauer

Walter Bauer

Green candidate for Newmarket—Aurora
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Health

Prescription drug coverage

Policy by the Green Party
Expand the single-payer Medicare model to include Pharmacare for everyone; Create a bulk drug purchasing agency to reduce drug patent protection periods.

Wait times and access

Policy by the Green Party
Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize reduction in wait times, among other things.

Dental care

Policy by the Green Party
Expand the single-payer Medicare model to include free dental care for low-income Canadians.

Mental health

Policy by the Green Party
Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize expansion of mental health and rehabilitation services, among other things; Establish a national mental health strategy and suicide prevention strategy; Fund organizations offering LGBTQI2+ youth mental health programmes.

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Safe access to abortion

Policy by the Green Party
Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize access to safe abortion services, among other things.

Dementia

Policy by the Green Party
Develop and fund a national dementia strategy in collaboration with health professionals and provincial/territorial governments, to improve quality of life for patients and care givers, increase awareness, and reduce stigma.

Health transfers

Policy by the Green Party
Restore the federal/provincial Health Accord, basic health transfers on demographics and health care needs in each province.

Blood system

Policy by the Green Party
Prohibit for-profit blood collection services and remove unscientific barriers to blood donations.

Assisted dying

Policy by the Green Party
Amend the Medical Assistance in Dying legislation to ensure everyone has the choice of dying with dignity.

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Environment, Climate Change, & Energy

Emissions targets

Policy by the Green Party
Pass into law a Climate Change Act requiring a 60% cut in climate-changing emissions below 2005 levels by 2030, reaching net zero in 2050.

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Carbon pricing

Policy by the Green Party
Maintain a broad-based, revenue neutral carbon fee on all sources of carbon dioxide pollution. Revenues from the carbon fee would be returned to Canadians as a dividend.

Green jobs

Policy by the Green Party
Phase out fossil fuel subsidies and invest the money in green economic sectors.

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Green buildings and housing

Policy by the Green Party
Launch a massive energy efficiency retrofit of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, financed through direct grants, zero-interest loans, and repayments based on energy/cost savings; Require new construction to meet net-zero emission standards by 2030.

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Energy production

Policy by the Green Party
Implement a major ramp-up of renewable energy with 100% of Canada's electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030, including in remote and northern communities; Implement a national electrical grid strategy to enable renewable energy flow between provinces and territories.

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Fossil fuel subsidies

Policy by the Green Party
Cancel subsidies to fossil fuel industries, redirecting funds into the Canadian Grid Strategy and renewable energy transition.

Major energy projects

Policy by the Green Party
Approve no new pipelines, or coal, oil, or gas drilling or mining; Continue extant oil and gas operations on a declining basis with bitumen production phased out between 2030 and 2035; Ban fracking; Cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline.

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Waste & pollution

Policy by the Green Party
Set targets to reduce production of solid waste; Hold manufacturers financially responsible for waste; Require an increasing percentage of recycled plastic feedstock in durable plastic products; Require all products to be fully recyclable; Phase out export of solid waste.

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Conservation

Policy by the Green Party
Give Canadians the right to a healthy environment; Expand marine protected areas to 30% of territorial waters by 2030; Ramp up development and implementation of endangered species recovery plans; Commit $400m to create Indigenous-led protected and conserved areas.

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Freshwater

Policy by the Green Party
Using the existing Green Infrastructure Fund, launch a national program to restore natural buffer zones along waterways; Invest in climate-proofing essential infrastructure, prioritizing drinking and waste water systems to protect against flooding, droughts, and contamination.

Green governance

Policy by the Green Party
Establish a cross-party inner cabinet to deal with climate change, mandated to ensure Canada does its part to limit global warming to a level civilization can survive, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Pesticides & herbicides

Policy by the Green Party
Set targets for reducing use of pesticides through programmes to assist farmers in moving to organic farming; Revive and expand the National Pesticides Monitoring and Surveillance Network; Create a reporting database for to keep track of health impacts of pesticides; Ban neonics.

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Toxic substances

Policy by the Green Party
Strengthen CEPA; Invoke the precautionary principle in making decisions about approvals of products, substances, projects, and processes with potential for irreversible harm; Regulate microfibres as a toxic substance; Ban all toxic ingredients in personal care products.

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Jobs & the Economy

Minimum wage & universal income

Policy by the Green Party
Establish a universal Guaranteed Livable Income programme; Establish a federal minimum wage of $15/hour; Work with the Council of Canadian Governments and StatsCan to set municipal minimum wages in accordance with the differential costs of living across Canada.

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Unpaid internships

Policy by the Green Party
Ban unpaid internships in private sector workplaces, with exception for work-study or experiential learning placements associated with for-credit courses at post-secondary institutions.

Public service

Policy by the Green Party
Respect rights of unionized employees of the public service to bargain by rejecting back-to-work legislation; Establish an Ombudsman to provide help to harassed and demoralized employees.

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Fair trade

Policy by the Green Party
Align national trade with climate change plans; Protect supply management; Facilitate effort to reform the WTO; and renegotiate Canada's trade and investment agreements to remove Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions.

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Pensions

Policy by the Green Party
Increase over time the target income replacement rate of the CPP form 25% to 50% of income received during working years; Require CPP divestment of coal, oil, and gas shares; Establish preeminence of pensioners during company insolvency proceedings.

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Jobs in oil, gas, and coal

Policy by the Green Party
Ensure a just transition for oil, gas, and coal sector workers.

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Banking and credit cards

Policy by the Green Party
Limit credit card interest rates to 10 percentage points over the Bank of Canada prime rate; and limit ATM fees to $1 per transaction, and prohibit financial institutions from charging their own customers ATM fees.

Housing

Housing supply

Policy by the Green Party
Legislate housing as a legally protected fundamental human right for all Canadians and permanent residents; Appoint a Minister of Housing; Target 25,000 new and 15,000 rehabilitated units annually for the next 10 years; Increase funding; Create a co-op housing strategy.

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Home ownership

Policy by the Green Party
Eliminate the first-time home buyer grant.

Human Rights

Fully implement federal pay equity rules.

Gender-based violence

Policy by the Green Party
Develop a Canada-wide action plan with a timetable and dedicated funding to eliminate violence against women, girls, and gender-diverse people; Implement the recommendations of the IMMIWG; Invest $40m over four years in the Shelter Enhancement Programme.

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Ban on blood donation

Policy by the Green Party
Remove unscientific barriers to blood donations.

Conversion therapy & intersex surgery

Policy by the Green Party
Ban and condemn the practice of medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children, and the practice of conversion therapy, in all its forms.

Gender-affirmation

Policy by the Green Party
Ensure access to sexual health care and gender affirming health care, including hormone treatments and blockers, and gender confirmation surgeries; Ensure that trans, non-binary, and Two Spirit people, without undertaking surgeries, are able to alter their sex designation.

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Race-based work discrimination

Policy by the Green Party
Fully implement federal pay equity rules; Enhance use of Community Benefits Agreements to increase economic inclusion and opportunity for marginalized communities of colour.

Detainment for anti-terrorism

Policy by the Green Party
Amend the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Public Safety Act to require that, after a reasonable period, formal charges be brought against all those detained.

Cooperation with torture

Policy by the Green Party
Investigate allegations by the UN Human Rights Committee of Canadian officials cooperating with foreign agencies known to use torture.

Sex work

Policy by the Green Party
Reform sex work laws in Canada with a clear focus on harm reduction; Make the industry legal; Increase funding to bolster investigations and convictions in human trafficking cases; Increase funding of organizations helping those driven to sex work by economic deprivation.

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Sexuality-discriminatory legislation

Policy by the Green Party
Repeal all federal laws and policies that discriminate on the basis of sexuality, including Section 159 of the Criminal Code, and that refer to intersex reality as a defect, aberration, or by any other derogatory terms.

LGBTQI2+ awareness

Policy by the Green Party
Fund community-driven education and awareness programmes that lead to a greater understanding of intersex realities and diversity of sexualities and gender identities, and referral programmes to direct for trans, non-binary, and Two Spirit people to appropriate services.

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Education & Training

Post-secondary education

Policy by the Green Party
Allocate $10 billion to post-secondary and trade school supports; Make college and university tuition free for all Canadian students; Remove the 2% cap on increases in education funding for Indigenous students; Forgive extant student debt held by the federal government.

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Justice, Crime, & Law Enforcement

Guns

Policy by the Green Party
Ensure illegal handguns are intercepted; Redirect CBSA resources to weapons smuggling; Launch a confidential buyback programme for handguns and assault weapons.

Mandatory minimums

Policy by the Green Party
Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences and enable courts to determine appropriate sentences based on the circumstances of each case.
Develop a clear framework for use of Deferred Prosecution Agreements and require the Director of Public Prosecutions to report on negotiated DPAs; Implement McLellan Report recommendations for a clear written exchange of views between ministers.

Cannabis

Policy by the Green Party
Lower federally set price for cannabis, making it competitive with illegal supplies; Eliminate requirements for excess packaging; Remove sales tax on medicinal products; Exempt CBD from the restrictions of the Prescriptions List.

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Prisons and prisoners

Policy by the Green Party
Eliminate solitary confinement; Re-invest in prisoner rehabilitation and preparation for reintegration into society, especially for Indigenous people and women.

Civil & family justice services

Policy by the Green Party
Reform the policy, legislation, programming, and funding framework for Canada's superior courts so that civil and family justice services become more accessible to Canadians.

Natural Resources

Forestry

Policy by the Green Party
Develop non-commercial aspects of forest management, such as massive tree planting, creating fire breaks and suppression; renew the National Forest Strategy, focusing on restoring ecologically sound and climate resilient forests, in partnership with Indigenous Peoples.

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Fisheries

Policy by the Green Party
Fully implement the co-management provisions of the Oceans Act; Entrench owner-operator and fleet separation policies in the Fisheries Act; Implement the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans report; Increase funding for research on fish stocks.

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Re-deploy financial, physical, and intellectual resources of Natural Resources Canada to achieve climate goals.

Mining

Policy by the Green Party
Support the transition of the mining sector to an innovation hub for greener technologies, commercialized and attractive to export markets, including $40 million for the proposed Sudbury-based mining innovation cluster.

Immigration, Refugees, & Borders

Economic immigration

Policy by the Green Party
Eliminate the Temporary Foreign Workers Program; address labour shortages by increasing immigration.

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Family reunification

Policy by the Green Party
Speed up family reunification, especially reuniting children with their parents.
Regulate the immigration consulting industry to ensure universally fair, legal and accessible services to help people navigate the immigration system; Increase penalties for consultants convicted of human smuggling and devote more resources to investigation and enforcement.

Refugees

Policy by the Green Party
Lead a national discussion to define the term “environmental refugee,” advocate for its inclusion as a refugee category in Canada, and accept an appropriate share of the world’s environmental refugees into Canada.

Safe Third Country agreement

Policy by the Green Party
Terminate Canada's Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.

Foreign credentials

Policy by the Green Party
Ensure professionals considered for immigration are aware of licensing requirements for their professions; Create a robust system for evaluating education and training credentials of immigrants.

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ESL and FSL training

Policy by the Green Party
Allocate much greater funding for training in official languages for new immigrants through earmarked transfers to the provinces for primary and secondary public school and free night school programmes.

Multicultural integration

Policy by the Green Party
Work with municipalities and provinces to improve integration of new Canadians into the multicultural fabric; Assist cultural organizations to obtain charitable status; Increase funding of multicultural associations providing immigrant support programmes.

Here without official status

Policy by the Green Party
Establish a programme to process ~200,000 people living in Canada without official status, with a pathway to permanent residency for those who qualify; Ensure "lost Canadians" being denied citizenship through archaic laws are protected and their citizenship restored.

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CBSA

Policy by the Green Party
Reintroduce legislation to establish a Civilian Complaints and Review Commission for the Canada Border Services Agency.

Illicit Drugs & Overdoses

Opioid crisis

Policy by the Green Party
Declare a national health emergency; Increase funding to community-based organizations to test drugs make Naloxone kits widely available.

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Transit & Transportation

Active transportation

Policy by the Green Party
Create a national cycling and walking infrastructure fund to help support zero emissions active transportation.

Low-emissions vehicles

Policy by the Green Party
Ban sale of internal combustion engine passenger vehicles by 2030; Exempt new and used zero-emission vehicles from federal sales tax; Expand charging stations for electric vehicles; Use sustainable biofuels where electric and fuel cells are not viable.

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Rail

Policy by the Green Party
Invest $600m in 2020-21, rising to $720m by 2023, to develop regional and inter-regional rail networks; Build high-speed rail in the Toronto-Ottawa-Quebec City triangle and the Calgary-Edmonton corridor; develop a Green Freight Transport programme and fund track re-routing.

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Passenger ferries

Policy by the Green Party
Require all passenger ferries to convert to electric or hybrid systems by 2030.

Agriculture & Food

Locally-grown food

Policy by the Green Party
Invest $2.5m/year into a land and quota trust program and farming apprenticeship programs to expand local small-scale agriculture; Set targets for domestic production; Rooftop gardens; Re-establish infrastructure for local food production; Preserve and record existing farmland.

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Green farming

Policy by the Green Party
Establish emissions targets; Fund research and support for farmers shifting to organic and regenerative farming systems; Renew the Environmental Farm Plan Program to help farmers protect wildlife habitat, maintain water quality; and improve soil quality.

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Treatment of farm animals

Policy by the Green Party
Adopt animal welfare legislation to prevent inhumane treatment of farm animals.

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Indigenous Issues

Indigenous rights

Policy by the Green Party
Honour treaties and respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Make Indigenous nations equal partners in setting national policy priorities; Fully implement the TRC and MMIWG report; Develop a national strategy for housing, water, food, and healthcare.

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Indigenous education

Policy by the Green Party
Remove 2% cap on increases in education funding for Indigenous students and ensure access to post-secondary education; Ensure every Indigenous child has access to quality education opportunities based on cultural, political, and social priorities of Indigenous governments.

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Drinking water

Policy by the Green Party
Develop a national water strategy in partnership with provinces, territories, municipal/local governments, and Indigenous peoples, to ensure safe drinking water.

Indigenous health care

Policy by the Green Party
Uphold Jordan's Principle in full; Implement Calls to Action 18-24 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Support First Nations, Métis, and Inuit rebuilding traditional knowledge systems.

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Treaties & land claims

Policy by the Green Party
Uphold Canada's fiduciary responsibility, fulfil Canada's responsibilities and agreements, honour treaties, and respect all rights, including inherent rights of self-government; Work towards an Indigenous Lands and Treaties Tribunal Act.

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Indigenous self-determination

Policy by the Green Party
Formally repudiate the doctrine of terra nullius, the doctrine of discovery, and other doctrines of superiority; Establish processes for self-governing Indigenous Peoples and nations to transition out form under the Indian Act; Implement UNDRIP and RCAP recommendations.

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Indigenous culture

Policy by the Green Party
Implement the Calls to Action from the TRC, and recommendations from the IMMIWG; Work in partnership with the AFN to implement their agenda for the 2019 election; Support and sustain transmission, proliferation, and regeneration of Indigenous cultural works and languages.

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Technology

Cell service and broadband

Policy by the Green Party
Amend CRTC regulations to increase competition in the provision of cellular and internet services, and decouple payments for cell phones from cell services.

Right to Repair

Policy by the Green Party
Enact Right to Repair legislation requiring producers to provide consumers or repair shops with replacement parts, software, and tools for diagnosing, maintaining, or repairing their products, and reset any security that may disable the device during diagnosis or repair.

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Tech investment

Policy by the Green Party
Strike a parliamentary committee to examine the implications of introducing 5G technology, including security issues and impacts on weather forecasting, and make recommendations on how and if Canada should proceed.

Privacy protections

Policy by the Green Party
Require the Communications Security Establishment & CSIS to get a warrant before intruding on Canadians' communications; Increase powers of Privacy Commissioner; Regulate Internet privacy protections. Regulate social media platforms to have only verifiable identities can publish.

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Science & Innovation

Policy by the Green Party
Invest in scientific research and implement funding recommendations from Canada's Fundamental Science Review; Enhance funding for granting councils; Establish a portal for all government science to be available in a comprehensible form.

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Internet taxation

Policy by the Green Party
Remove exemption of taxes on advertising in social media platforms.

Net neutrality

Policy by the Green Party
Guard against threats to net neutrality.

Artificial Intelligence

Policy by the Green Party
Strike a parliamentary committee to examine issues related to development of AI with recommendations forming basis of a legislative and regulatory framework to govern ethical, environmental, social, and economic implications of AI tech; ban autonomous weapons; track automation.

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Cryptocurrencies

Policy by the Green Party
Protect consumers and investors from cryptocurrency fraud or theft, and direct Revenue Canada and law enforcement agencies to develop practical methods for preventing the use of cryptocurrencies for money laundering and funding terrorism.

Government & Democracy

Conflict-of-interest

Policy by the Green Party
Strengthen the Conflict of Interest Act to include financial and other penalties for breaking the law; Impose strict conflict of interest screening criteria for appointments to federal regulatory boards and agencies.

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Electoral reform

Policy by the Green Party
Ensure that the 2019 election is the last "first past the post" election; Launch a Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform mandated to make recommendations on an electoral system that would "make every vote count"; Recommendations would be implemented in time for the 2023 election.

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Voting age

Policy by the Green Party
Lower the voting age to 16.

Lobbying

Policy by the Green Party
Strengthen the Lobbying Act to require greater transparency and prevent “revolving doors” between political life, the public service and lobbying.

Public bidding

Policy by the Green Party
Require successful bidders on federal infrastructure contracts to maximize spin-off community benefits of such contracts.

Parliamentary reform

Policy by the Green Party
Direct the Speaker to enforce existing rules to minimize the power of party whips over individual MPs; Set up an all-party commission to select a board deciding Governor-in-Council appointments; Strengthen the role and independence of parliamentary officers.

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Public service whistleblowers

Policy by the Green Party
Reaffirm the independence and integrity of the public service and strengthen whistle-blower protections for public service employees.

Government Transparency

Policy by the Green Party
Scrap all fees except the filing fee on Access to Information requests; Provide enforceable deadlines; Authorize the Information Commissioner to order the release of information; Place the administration of parliament, the PMO, and ministers' offices within ATI.

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Intergovernmental cooperation

Policy by the Green Party
Establish a Council of Canadian Governments, including federal, provincial, territorial, local, and Indigenous governments, to set higher order policy priorities, with the goal of optimizing public spending.

Municipal government

Policy by the Green Party
Encourage City Charters to give more autonomy to cities; Reduce interest rates to municipalities on loans for infrastructure; Create a Municipal Fund for federal transfers to municipalities, with double current funding; Allocate 1% of GDP to municipal infrastructure and housing.

International Relations

Canadian-manufactured weapons

Policy by the Green Party
Cancel contracts to provide Saudi Arabia with armoured vehicles and ban importation of Saudi oil.

International assistance

Policy by the Green Party
Reestablish the Canadian International Development Agency to provide overseas development assistance, untied to Canadian business interests or strategic geopolitics; Increase overseas development assistance to 0.7% of GDP.

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Climate crisis leadership

Policy by the Green Party
Lead an international effort to bring international shipping and aviation into the Paris framework. Introduce an international tax for aviation and shipping fuels earmarked for the Global Climate Fund.

Autonomous weapons

Policy by the Green Party
Ban autonomous weapons and work for a global pact to make them illegal.

Nuclear weapons

Policy by the Green Party
Sign and ratify the Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Government Services & Crown Corporations

Canada Post

Policy by the Green Party
Reverse recent cuts to home postal delivery; Upgrade Canada Post to EVs; Establish "last mile" delivery using zero-emission vehicles in urban centres; Have mail carriers check on those with mobility issues or who live alone; Use post offices as resource centres & meeting spaces.

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Public broadcasting

Policy by the Green Party
Increase funding to CBC and Radio Canada by $315 million per year until the per-capital level of funding is equal to that of the BBC; Reform the governance of CBC - Radio Canada to remove potential for political interference in board appointments.

Child care

Policy by the Green Party
Dedicate resources to making a universal, affordable, early learning and child-care system; Increase federal child care funding to achieve at least 1% of GDP, with an additional $1 billion each year until 1% is reached; eliminate GST on construction costs for child-care spaces.

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Military & Veterans

Veterans

Policy by the Green Party
Provide support for all veterans; Launch a national re-examination of veterans' issues; Restore periodic payments to pre-2006 levels; Repeal denial of pensions to spouses who married after 60; Update the Veterans Charter; Ensure access to health care, and mental health support.

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Defence funding

Policy by the Green Party
Ensure a consistent capital investment plan with stable funding so that service personnel have the equipment and training needed to fulfill an expanded mandate.

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Misc.

Taxation

Policy by the Green Party
Establish a Federal Tax Commission to analyze the tax system for fairness and accessibility; Close tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy; Tax funds in hidden offshore havens; Apply a corporate tax on transnational e-commerce companies; Increase the federal corporate tax rate.

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Arts & culture

Policy by the Green Party
Increase funding of Canada's arts and culture organizations, including CCA, NFB, and Telefilm Canada; Review tax incentives for film production; Implement a federal income tax credit for restoration expenditures; Reform anti-trust laws to enable break-up of media conglomerates.

Children & maternity

Policy by the Green Party
Appoint a federal Children's Advocate to ensure children's rights are protected.

Seniors

Policy by the Green Party
Support innovative home-sharing plans and other measures to allow people to stay in their homes as long as possible; Create more long-term care beds.

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Official languages

Policy by the Green Party
In the first year of the next parliament, promote and implement a modernized Official Languages Act to protect both national languages; Ensure funding for the protection of Indigenous languages at risk of disappearing.


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