In Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, we live in one of the most expensive places in Canada.
From personal experience, I know that rents have sky-rocketed over the years.
With four daughters between the ages of 16 and 23, I also know that the cost of post-secondary education and training continues to climb.
We see in our own community that the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to grow. Far too many people in our community struggle with poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, and addictions.
In a country as wealthy as Canada, this is unacceptable.
We know how to solve these issues. The solution starts with addressing prenatal nutrition, a focus on eradicating child poverty, universal access to affordable child care, and excellent early childhood education. It continues with nurturing our families and communities through a national housing strategy that works.
Personally, I believe that excellent education, the critical foundation to my life as a citizen and person, is critical to Canada’s future. I am thrilled that the Green Party is putting free tuition at trade school, college and university at the heart of our plan to address inequality. Access to training and education must not just be for the rich or for those who are able to take on huge debt.
The Green Party has been deeply committed to social justice since its founding in 1983. As your Member of Parliament, I am personally committed to the following Green Party priorities:
● Eliminate poverty by establishing a Guaranteed Livable Income to ensure each Canadian can live with dignity.
● Implement a universal access child care program by updating the 2005 agreement reached between the federal government, provinces, and territories. In addition, accelerate the creation of workplace child care spaces through a direct tax credit to employers.
● Implement a National Housing Strategy to provide every Canadian with a place to call home, from people now living on the street to middle class families priced out of the rental market.
● Dedicate funding to the co-operative and co-housing sectors so that our communities can lead new affordable housing projects. Housing co-ops and co-housing projects have been a big success on south Vancouver Island, but need help to grow. We need an active Member of Parliament to build community linkages and support our local housing change leaders.
● Provide free tuition at trade schools, colleges, and university for Canadians of all ages. Costly tuition widens Canada’s wealth gap, entrenches inequality over time, and supports a system that only the wealthy can afford.
● Bring in a truly universal health care system with publicly funded prescription drug coverage for all Canadians.
By moving forward together on our affordability plan, I am convinced that we can transform our community and our country. Please email me about our plan if you have any questions.