BC Greens Election Platform Released
Vancouver –BC Greens announced the release of their election platform, the Green Book 2009-2103.
“Our new Green Book details an ambitious, practical program to put BC on a path toward long-term economic stability,” said Jane Sterk, Leader of the Green Party of BC. “The Green Book contains over 500 specific measures to address social challenges, build a strong resilient economy, combat climate change and preserve our natural resources.”
“BC Greens advocate for the gradual weaning of our economy away from a dependence on growth toward a steady-state economy that provides opportunities to add value through means other than growth. A Green economy will create jobs that are long-term, increase the health and quality of life for future generations, and help create an economy resilient to sudden shock. Our plan promotes small businesses, ensures workers are treated fairly and offers more opportunity for local economies. We will reduce taxes on economic activities that are beneficial to society, while increasing taxes on harmful activities like pollution, smoking and junk food.
“To combat the threat of growing crime, BC Greens propose a new BC Police Service with Regional Units and an independent Police Commissioner to look into police complaints. These measures, in combination with our policy to end drug prohibition, will help to significantly reduce crime in BC.
“The Green Party stands apart from Liberals and the NDP by publicly supporting BC-STV, opposing salmon fish farms, encouraging local small-scale agriculture and a new value-added wood products industry, promoting clean and green energy, and steering clear of megaprojects for energy generation and transmission, roadways and oil and gas transportation across the province.
“This Green Book introduces some crucial changes to government including the formation of a new Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the introduction of elected Regional Resource Management Boards and a re-balancing of health authorities across the province to improve local control.”
The Green Book is available on the BC Green Party’s website http://www.bcgreens.ca/greenbook or can be ordered by calling toll-free 1-888-473-3686.