Elizabeth May pitches Greens as holding balance of power in minority government
The Green Party of Canada says every policy in its platform -- from the economy to health, foreign affairs, immigration and transportation -- is viewed through the lens of the climate crisis.
Published Monday, September 16, 2019 9:38AM EDTLast Updated Monday, September 16, 2019 11:46AM EDTSHAREts environmental and social justice-focused platformto voters Monday as one not of a new government, but as one capable of holding the balance of power responsibly.
May acknowledged the reality of the polls, which peg Green support well behind those of the Liberals and Conservatives, at her platform launch.Sign up for our Election Dispatch newsletter for a daily campaign update"I think I am the best qualified to be prime minister of Canada, I will say that out loud, but I'll also say I don't think it's very likely," she said in releasing her party's platform at Toronto's Royal York hotel, surrounded by a slate of local candidates.
"I'm running to elect as many of these wonderful candidates as is possible so that a caucus of Green MPs can assist Canadians, particularly in a minority situation."The Greens say every policy in their platform -- from the economy to health, foreign affairs, immigration and transportation -- is viewed through the lens of the climate crisis. It proposes to pass a law requiring a 60-per-cent cut in greenhouse-gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030, a steeper reduction than the current 30-per-cent target.
The party says it would ban hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") to extract fuels, approve no new pipelines, coal, or oil or gas drilling, and cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline. By 2030 the Greens want 100 per cent of Canada's electricity to come from renewable sources and to ban the sale of passenger vehicles with combustion engines by that year.
Watch Elizabeth May unveil the Green Party platformAlong with aggressive environmental targets, the Green platform also promises universal pharmacare, eliminating tuition, and a guaranteed livable income. May said her platform will be fully costed, but the numbers won't be released for another few days, as the parliamentary budget office is still working on a couple of its planks.
A number of revenue sources are mentioned in the platform, such as money that would be freed up from cancelling Trans Mountain, ending fossil-fuel subsidies, taxing foreign multimedia giants such as Netflix, Facebook, Amazon and Google, and increasing the corporate tax rate from 15 to 21 per cent.
The Green platform also places a heavy emphasis on reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, including a pledge to implement the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Other promises include studying the impacts of adopting a shorter work week so there is work for more people, lowering the federally set price on legal cannabis, and increasing funding to the CBC.With files from Liam Casey Read more: CTV News »
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Except the’s already said she won’t support the Conservatives. And who is she going to prop up with 4% of the vote? Let's hope not! Weve seen what a disaster that mix has brought the Country in BC ... 2 radical Greens influencing safe pipeline choice in a Province where the population is in favour on them. Scandalous politics
Elizabeth May and the Green Party to hold balance of power in a Minority Government ? 👇 The fact that Greens can vote however they want makes them effectively independents with environmental concerns. There were more indie MPs than Green and PPC ones when writ dropped too. Really not a credible party structure. Progressives better to back NDP to ensure minority gov.
Maybe we could have the election first😆 Really with all that one seat? Ya think... She already said she wouldn’t support any of them. What’s the deal? Just for the record, the NDP was the first party to reveal its platform, and did so back in mid June of this year, and currently it is the NDP that is poised to hold the balance of power should there be a minority govt
That's definitely not happening. Even Bernier will get more seats than green. How does this alcoholic get to her events? Does she walk, ride a bicycle or use OIL to fly? Women is bat shit crazy . Oh wouldn’t that be great.. back to Middle Ages It’s too bad she’s nuts Which Greens? The 9/11 Truthers? The anti-smart-metre tin hat freedom fighters? Or--everybody's favorite--the burn-Israel Nazis? gmafb
The woman that believes WiFi does harm to children's brains and should be banned from schools... perfect. She very well could be the kingmaker. Big fantasies like the one she has about the economy when all the industries are abolished. let get you home Liz, drunken Liz They will still be useless when Sheer and the Conservatives win a majority.
Yuuuup.... just like in BC. Guess my opinion on that! 😡
Elizabeth May unveils Green Party platformGreen Leader Elizabeth May urged Canadians to 'vote for what you want' as she unveiled her party's platform in Toronto. Watch her full statement here: cdnpoli elxn43 We don't want any Nutbars in Office ! Liz May has one goal. Just one. Take as many VOTES away from the Liberal party as possible. Free tuition? Puleese. But if it can steal away a vote...throw it out there. Did she mention China? We need to stop buying their cheap crap and buy higher quality made in Canada. Sure it will be more expensive but we will get it fixed instead of throwing it away. Win win , more jobs less global pollution.
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LIVE: Green Party lays out party platformWATCH LIVE: Green Party Leader May launches the party's platform: cdnpoli elxn43 Someone get her more ice for her drink pisstank She is going to end the oil & gas & mining industries and increase the housing industry. Anyone have any experience in digging caves or building mud huts?