Principles

1. Values and Integrity

We are the only party that has clear, defined values that are a part of not just our constitutional fabric, but our historic identity as a movement. Our 6 Charter Values are:

  1. Ecological Wisdom
    We acknowledge that human beings are part of the natural world and we respect the specific values of all forms of life.
  2. Social Justice
    We assert that the key to social justice is the equitable distribution of resources to ensure that all have full opportunities for personal and social development.
  3. Participatory Democracy
    We strive for a democracy in which all citizens have the right to express their views, and are able to directly participate in decisions which affect their lives.
  4. Non-Violence
    We declare our commitment to non-violence and strive for a culture of peace and cooperation between states.
  5. Sustainability
    We recognize the scope for the material expansion of society within the biosphere, and the need to maintain biodiversity through use of renewable resources.
  6. Respect for Diversity
    We honour and value equally the Earth’s biological and ecological diversity together with the cultural, linguistic, ethnic, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity.

You can count on the Green Party to stand by these values in all our policies. Here are some of the Green Party of Canada’s goals:

2. A Clean, Healthy World

The Green Party seeks to create a healthy community, country and world. We want an environment which does not poison people with toxic chemicals and processes. We want clean energy sources which do not pollute our air, and industrial efforts which do not leave a toxic legacy in the soil and water.

 

3. Responsible Fiscal Management

We want government and industry to base their fiscal management on the true long-term costs of human activity, not wasting our tax dollars on oil companies and producers of toxins that harm our communities and families. These destructive activities will be taxed instead of subsidized, and that revenue will be used to support the research, development and installation of new green technologies, and to offset the living costs of normal people through income tax reductions.

 

4. Opportunity and Fairness

The Green Party will work towards creating an economy where everyone is treated fairly and where competition and innovation is fostered by government policies. Income tax will not be paid by those who have the lowest incomes and we will generate new “green collar” jobs with our employment-focussed “green economy” strategy.

5. Putting Our Children First

We are focused on investing the the future, providing Canadian families with first-class educational opportunities that are affordable for all. We believe much more time and money must be spent on our children, especially in early childhood education, and quality, affordable childcare, but all the way up our educational system, “from diaper to diploma.”

 

6. Big Picture “Health” Care

In healthcare, our emphasis is in creating a more responsive healthcare system and happier lives for Canadians with a variety of common-sense initiatives. We will stress preventative medicine and  create more opportunities for active lifestyles by funding more sports, recreational and cultural facilities and activities in our communities. We will take action to clean up the toxins in our environment, and will support the production and consumption of local, fresh food.

 

7. Respectful Leadership & Peaceful Dialogue

We propose to model a respectful style of leadership, seeking to work cooperatively with other parties. In international affairs we support the work of the United Nations in trying to maintain world peace. We would not have agreed to our current role in Afghanistan when Canadians went there, but now we must work with the world community to try to create a better life for the citizens of that country.

We believe in a healthy life for our Aboriginal community as well. The Green Party would become a signer of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Aboriginal peoples. We would also reinstate the Kelowna accord here in Canada. We believe that negotiations with our Aboriginal neighbours must be on the basis of nation-to-nation discussion, respecting those whose land has been unjustly confiscated.

 

8. Participatory Democracy

The Green Party believes that a healthy political process must give equal voice to all points of view. Our current political system alienates many people because of the many barriers to participation and the lack of a competitive marketplace of ideas in the political realm. The Green Party is dedicated to not only championing our own policy preferences, but to seeing productive  conversations and democratic process guide the path of our country, instead of  politicians and policy makers in Ottawa doing Canadians’ thinking for them. Reforming our electoral systems, better information distribution and interactive feedback mechanisms, and smaller, more decentralized governments are just some of the ideas we have for renewing public participation in Canada’s governance.