Platform 2020

Our plan for a more equitable and sustainable BC

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It is clear that 2020 is one of the most unprecedented years in modern history. Multiple overlapping crises - the affordability crisis, the overdose crisis, the climate crisis - were already coming to a head even before COVID-19. We need to act urgently to get people and businesses the support they need now, and make sure we’re building a stronger, more resilient province in the long term.

Consecutive BC Liberal and BC NDP governments have promised to make life better for people, but have failed to deliver security and long term sustainability. Their actions have not followed through on the promises they make.

The BC Greens are different. We worked hard in the last minority government to improve the NDP’s policies and to stand up for the issues that matter to people’s wellbeing. We’ve shown that partisanship is less important than advancing policy that makes a difference in the lives of British Columbians. Now as we face down COVID, we need this commitment more than ever.

Our plan proposes new, targeted supports where they are needed most. We know the anxiety that British Columbians are feeling about the present and future. We know that for many people, COVID-19 has simply further entrenched the cost of living challenges they were facing. For others, the economic security that was already feeling distant now seems completely out of reach.

People are worried about their health and safety, their kids going back to school, and the future of their jobs and the economy. To address these concerns, we need to build a stronger, more resilient province so that people can be safe and secure in their communities.

We are proposing real solutions, like:

  • Support for small business owners by helping with rent payments through the winter;
  • A new grant for those facing unaffordable rents as part of ensuring everyone has affordable housing;
  • Better quality care and an end to the privatization of our long-term seniors’ care;
  • Supporting young families with affordable childcare, income for stay at home parents, and more flexible work arrangements;
  • Implementing principles of basic income into our social safety net;
  • A green recovery from COVID-19 with an ambitious climate plan at its centre.

These priority actions won’t just help address the immediate challenges in front of us - they can help position our province for success coming out of COVID-19. We need to ensure that the investments we make today to address the health and economic impacts of COVID, allow us to build a stronger, more sustainable, more resilient economy.

While COVID is the most pressing crisis we face, it is not the only one.

For many, the cost of living in BC is far outstripping the ability of people to cover the necessities, let alone save for the future. Not enough has been done to address the growing number of people who are being left out of the prosperity of this province.

Some fear that the massive disruption caused by COVID will pale into insignificance compared with the disruption caused by the changing climate. Our communities face growing threats and our government is not moving fast enough to adapt, and reduce our emissions.

In all of this is an opportunity. By making deliberate, strategic choices in how we navigate COVID-19, we can seize new opportunities from these challenges. We can build an economy that is more inclusive, that has secure jobs for British Columbians across the province. We can establish BC as a world leading low-carbon economy, exporting the ideas and the technology that the world needs to solve the climate crisis.

We know that the government works better when no party has all the power. No matter the outcome of this election, we will fight for the immediate and targeted support that can get us through COVID-19, and we will hold the government accountable for positioning our economy to emerge stronger, cleaner, and more equitable on the other side.

BC Greens will provide teachers and school districts the funding necessary to meet the challenges of this current school year and ensure parents don't have to choose between their child's safety and the quality of their child's education.

BC Greens will create a free childcare and early childhood education program, while exploring better life-work balance options for parents, such as a 4-day workweek and support for telecommuting.

BC Greens’ plan for income security involves transitioning towards a basic income and establishing a permanent Fair Wages Commission to recommend consistent and predictable increases in the minimum wage.

BC Greens will create a Renter’s Housing Grant that will help low- to moderate-income households pay rent when it’s more than 30% of their income.

BC Greens are committed to fighting for equity and inclusion in our province. Our plan includes reviewing procedures for wellness checks with the goal of expanding the use of mental health crisis teams and restarting the Police Act review.

BC Greens will support small businesses through the winter with a rent subsidy program, while working with the federal government to support the hospitality and tourism sectors.

BC Greens will partner with local governments to enhance the liveability and sustainability of our cities.

BC Greens’ transit strategy will prioritize investments in transit service as part of the COVID-19 recovery and ensure long-term financial support is provided to Translink, BC Transit and BC Ferries.

BC Greens are committed to ensuring that the provincial government delivers on its commitment to creating an action plan to implement DRIPA. We are proposing concrete first steps for the BC Greens and Indigenous communities to work in partnership to advance on energy security, child welfare, economic development, healthcare and wild salmon.

BC Greens will stop using GDP as a measure of success in our province and instead adopt health and wellbeing budgets with genuine progress indicators focused on economic, health, social and environmental factors.

BC Greens will act immediately to set an interim target for 2025 and develop sectoral targets. We will also end oil and gas subsidies and implement a moratorium on fracking.

BC Greens will establish a new strategic innovation fund that can make targeted investments that align with our climate goals. We will also leverage government procurement processes to prioritize BC-based, low-carbon products and technology.

BC Greens' clean jobs plan will implement a just transition program to ensure every worker in the oil and gas industries has a job in the clean economy; create thousands of jobs enhancing BC’s natural assets; and will expand the CleanBC, Better Buildings program by increasing the short-term incentives offered to stimulate building retrofits.

BC Greens’ plan for electrifying transportation will not only cut our GHG emissions but will also support our COVID-19 recovery. We will prioritize investments in electrifying our transit systems and enhance the ZEV mandate to build out public charging infrastructure in BC.

BC Greens will phase out public funding for private companies that profit off of long-term seniors care and make caregivers a recognized healthcare profession.

BC Greens will make mental health care part of the public health care system so that no one goes without the support they need just because they can’t afford it.

BC Greens will build drug policies that support public health and are based on a compassionate, evidence-based response. This response includes adequate harm reduction interventions, safe supply and decriminalization.

BC Greens will improve primary care access by continuing the roll-out of primary care networks and increasing the number of family doctors in the province while working to transition the balance of resources between acute and preventative care.

BC Greens will create a Food Secure BC program to support BC farmers and make BC agriculture more resilient to climate change.

BC Greens will immediately stop all old-growth logging in high-risk ecosystems and take back control of our forests from huge corporations and multinational companies.

BC Greens will implement a Water Sustainability Act to secure healthy water supplies, and we will ban fracking.

BC Greens’ plan for climate resilience will provide $100 million over 4 years to fund climate adaptation initiatives in our communities and increase the resilience of regional ecosystems by restoring habitats and protecting biodiversity.

BC Greens’ plan to protect wildlife and biodiversity will prioritize the protection of wildlife and their habitat across government and create an endangered species law to establish legal protection of species and their habitat to ensure their recovery and survival.
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