The Green Party is promising to spice up greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, cancel all latest pipelines and oil exploration, speed up a rise in carbon pricing and ban the sale of all internal-combustion engine passenger vehicles.
The environmental pledges within the party’s platform, released Tuesday, are aimed toward getting Canada not simply to net zero emissions by 2050, as other parties have promised, but having the country get to “net negative” by then.
The Greens are also promising to determine a guaranteed livable income, abolish post-secondary tuition, introduce pharmacare and free dental care, decriminalize the possession of illicit drugs for private use, restore the per-vote subsidy for political parties and reduce the number of individuals held in pretrial custody.
But true to their name, much of the platform deals with the environment and tackling climate change.
Leader Annamie Paul says in an announcement that Canada has a likelihood to speed up its transition to a net-zero economy and turn out to be a world leader in clean technology and renewable energy.
The Greens say that along with ending all fossil fuel subsidies and phasing out existing oil and gas operations, they’d replace every high-paying fossil fuel sector job with a high-paying green sector job through wage insurance, retraining programs and early retirement plans.
They need 100 per cent of Canadian electricity to be produced from renewable sources by 2030.