Ontario Greens release costed election platform


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The Green Party of Ontario has released its fully-costed platform ahead of the June election.

“Our vision is for the Ontario we all want – caring, connected, and ready for the new climate economy,” said Mike Schreiner in Toronto on Thursday.

The party is pledging to make the position of ‘Chief Medical Officer of Health’ more independent from the government, similar to public auditors.

Among a number of policies, the party is planning to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reach net zero by 2045.

“The half measures of the other parties will only paper over the cracks in Ontario’s foundation,” said Schreiner. “We have to act now to tackle housing affordability, address the climate emergency and improve our health. We cannot afford to wait.”

Highlights include:

  • Housing and development:
    • Freezing urban boundaries
    • Building 1.5-million homes
    • Cancel Highway 413, the Bradford Bypass and the widening of Highway 417
  • Mental health:
    • Dedicating 10 per cent of health spending to mental health care under OHIP
    • Decriminalizing drug use and treating it as a mental health issue
  • Climate:
    • Reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2045
    • Shifting vehicles, buildings and industry toward electric forms
    • Financial incentives for homeowners undergoing energy-efficient renovations
  • Social:
    • Repealing Bill 124 and hiring 33,000 nurses
    • Doubling ODSP rates
    • Phase in a basic income, starting with boosted ODSP and OW rates
    • Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and acting on the recommendations by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    • Boosting the capacity of autism services
    • A small business grant program for Black-owned businesses
  • Education:
    • Emphasis on in-person learning, versus online learning
    • Converting loans into grants for low and middle-income post-secondary students
    • Ending streaming in the education system
    • Introducing a school lunch program
    • Eliminating EQAO standardized testing
  • Nature:
    • Permanent protections for prime agricultural lands and wetlands
    • Doubling the size of the Greenbelt, establishing a Bluebelt of protected water features, including the Carruthers Creek watershed in Pickering and Ajax
    • Banning road-side zoos under certain circumstances

For the full platform, click here.

Screengrab taken from Twitter livestream by Green Party of Ontario, May 12, 2022

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