Rail transportation provides immeasurable social value for connecting people, items and places, and it represents significant economic investment with much strategic potential. For CN, Milton makes sense, as the property is within the GTHA and the right shape and grade for minimal investment, so CN has banked on it. However from a social & environmental point of view, it makes more sense for the company to build in Oxford County near Woodstock, where they’re welcome and there’s still accessible highway routes. Milton’s road capacity and public safety is already maxed out. How will residents be able to efficiently commute with the additional truck traffic? Not to mention, with increased vehicle volume comes increased emissions in our air. As your Green Party federal representative, I am determined and able to stand for my constituents regardless of the Green Party of Canada’s line on intermodal hubs, and I will work towards implementing alternate sustainable solutions.
Natural areas are being lost at an unsustainable rate. According to the Environmental Commissioner’s 2018 Environmental Protection Report , southern Ontario has lost 72% of its original wetlands. Safe drinking water must be the top priority ahead of private profits or reckless industry, such as that proposed by the Campbellville Quarry, which has prompted civilian action. As climate change accelerates, fresh water will only become more scarce and more difficult to manage. Without protection, it could devastate communities and create a huge financial burden. We must ensure that the ecological health of our fresh water is safeguarded by creating a national conservation plan, bringing together all stakeholders for protection of this vital resource for generations to come.
Among the countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada ranks 25th out of 37 when it comes to public spending on social services as a share of GDP. That’s below that of the United States! In our race to the top we have forgotten our principle of never leaving anyone behind. The niche economy has exacerbated precarious work while technology is replacing repetitive and white collar jobs. Social safety nets have been slashed and too many people are falling through the cracks. How do we better plan for the future where conditions for safety, wellness, creativity and innovation are fostered? I support a Guaranteed Livable Income for minimalist lifestyles with dignity, and so do 112 Ontario-based CEO’s .
As stated in the GPC Vision Green – Eliminating Poverty , it is estimated that over 15% of Canadians are living in poverty* − about 4.9 million people. Canada now ranks a dismal 21st out of 29 ‘developed’ countries in terms of relative child poverty rates. In a wealthy country such as Canada, this is unacceptable. Eliminating poverty while supporting healthy communities will pay for itself in reduced health care costs and reduced crime rates. Failure to eliminate poverty will cost our society far more than an effective program to make poverty history in Canada.
The Green Economy includes green accounting! Canada needs to move from the GDP to measure the health of the Canadian economy to the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). The GPI goes beyond the GDP to also include factors that reflect the negative impact of economic activity, providing a more balanced view.
The pressure for more responsible corporate behavior is also on the rise . Groups of citizens, watch-dog organizations and even share-holders are starting to demand more social accountability from corporations. The Triple Bottom Line, often shortened to TBL or 3BL, is an expanded accounting framework that incorporates measurable social and environmental performance factors with the traditional financial performance of a company. Using TBL means a corporation is considering their operations’ impact on not only the environment, but also their impact on society as a whole.
The Green Party of Canada is the only party employing a TBL approach to every policy, ensuring our actions are well thought out, balanced and achievable with negligible negative repercussions. We would like to see all government departments and agencies using TBL cost/benefit analysis in purchasing goods and services and assessing their operations and programs.