Posted by: jmtoriel | September 23, 2006

Green Party Blues

According to the latest national Decima Polls, the Green Party of Canada has reached an all-time high of 10%. Some may argue that this is simply a honeymoon period for the newly elected high-profile Green Party leader, Elizabeth May. Others would indicate a growing concern for environmental and social justice issues, in particular issues regarding climate change. I would argue that the traditional parties have lost track of the issue altogether and more Canadians are searching for a political party with a plan of action. There is no doubt that Canadians are concerned. 59% say we should remain part of the Kyoto Accord and we should not withdraw. 90% believe we must do something to reduce GHG emmissions. We have every reason to be concerned. Our export reliant economy is based in natural resources (which are being expoitted at a rate never before seen in human history), our manufacturing sector is being outsourced and bought out by foreign companies (read job loss–and this is at the managerial level down), our water, air and energy are under tremendous pressures that nature is having a very tough time to replenish sustainably. Our leaders are continuing to assist the devastating industries and reducing regulations for voluntary measures. This short-term approach is not working and Canadians are no longer sitting aside. As we await what this Conservative MINORITY has planned as a “Made in Canada” equivilant, Meanwhile, the Green Party, and many Canadians, contend that the Kyoto Accord, while a necessary good start, is NOT enough. We have to find local solutions to be adopted locally, nationally and internationally. The Green Party is the only party with a platform that is based on a long-term, solution-based approach. So why are the Greens so blue? Because they need seats to voice these concerns and create policy. Get involved. Vote. Press for electoral reform.
I’ll leave you with these initiatives from the Green Party Platform (2006):

Shift taxes on fossil fuels to earlier stages in the production cycle to encourage competition among companies to lower operating costs while reducing emissions.

Increase emission reduction targets for large industrial emitters to at least 55 Megatonnes above and beyond other policies and measures that reduce industrial emissions.

Targets should be based on actual emissions, not emissions intensity per unit of production, and all data should be available for public scrutiny.

Expand the proposed National Emissions Trading System so that it will ensure real emission reductions across sectors.

Use revenue from tradable pollution permits to offset tax breaks for increasing energy efficiency and industry initiatives that reduce fuel consumption.[color=green][/color]
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“The Government of Canada is committed to a global solution to climate change. The US is wrong to reject the Kyoto Protocol – it is wrong politically and it is wrong on substance.”
David Anderson, June 6th 2001

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