policy suggestions

1. Promote green energy; no tax on electric vehicles, no tax on solar panels, no tax on windmills, no tax on geothermal systems etc. a simple no tax system, as an incentive, not one that requires a lot of administration. Increase tax on gas and earmark the funds to support clean energy. 2. Education. a) Teach all Canadians first nations' culture in primary schools and high schools, this is the country of their people and we are letting the culture disappear. b) Get the early childhood centers up and running at reasonable rates for parents, hire only qualified educators! 3. Seniors assisted living; they have paid their taxes for years and when they finally need and want affordable assisted living we have none! They deserve better. -we also need the same for mental health patients. 4. NO pipelines, spills do happen, that is a fact, and they cannot be cleaned up no matter how much money is thrown at it. 5. Proportional voting system. Other countries have come up with a system - any system will be more fair than the current one, just do it, no voting on it... 6. Immigration into Canada. People must want to - or learn to - speak either English or French (more or less fluently), and be willing to pay taxes (except; see line 1), be respectful of the environment, follow laws etc. Immigration is a good thing, but maybe there should be a vote on what 'the people ' think is a healthy growth and a good continuous immigration pattern -not just politicians forcing it onto the country, see Britain. 7. Car Insurance rates; purchasing cost of a car in BC is one third of the cost in Northern Europe, insurance premiums are 3 times higher. (gas mileage is double). Figure out why the cost is high and make it reasonable. Make incentives for people who drive vehicles with good gas mileage. downtown buses in Vancouver should be free, visitors and locals alike would leave vehicles at home. 8. Affordable rental housing, built green, built to last, low maintenance, non-profit and well maintained. Lots of it, if we keep having the projected growth. 9. Promote industry to use our resources in BC wisely, minimize export of raw materials, ie. lumber should be able to create a multitude of jobs before being exported, give BC residents more work, maybe tax the mines slightly higher, seeing as it is said to be so favorable in BC.


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  • Derek Cockram
    commented 2017-02-12 13:19:26 -0800
    You have come up with a lot of great ideas here. I hope people will seriously consider implementing some of them- in particular the tax incentives.
  • Derek Cockram
    tagged this with Important 2017-02-12 13:19:26 -0800
  • Bill Masse
    commented 2016-12-14 14:21:17 -0800
    Githa, as Research and Policy Chair and Vice Chair of the Platform Policy Advisory Committee I want to thank you for your many ideas. You have obviously put a lot of thought into this.
    Bill Masse
  • Reena Meijer Drees
    commented 2016-12-06 10:16:08 -0800
    Hi Githa, thanks for the suggestions. As the Green Party’s energy policy lead, I’d like to provide a little feedback on your idea of a gas tax to fund clean energy. I’d say that our platform includes a “gas” tax : the carbon tax! It’s broader than a gas tax and includes other greenhouse gases that we’d like to curtail. In terms of using the revenue to fund green initiatives, one has to be a bit careful so as not to make the green stuff dependent on a (hopefully) decreasing revenue stream. For example, using a gas tax to run buses is a bad idea – as the taxes drive people out of cars and into the buses, there’s less and less gas tax to pay for them! But you CAN use the money to build things initially. And I think that is certainly going to be part of our platform!
  • Sara Golling
    followed this page 2016-11-24 08:42:32 -0800
  • Githa Madsen
    published this page in Make a suggestion 2016-11-23 17:59:49 -0800
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