The Green Party of Canada sets out its priorities for the parliamentary session
Interim Leader of the Green Party of Canada, Dr. Amita Kuttner
On the occasion of the return to Parliament in Ottawa, the Green Party of Canada has set out its priorities for the next session. While the climate will hold the attention of the two members of the party present in the House of Commons, the issues related to inflation and minimum income will also be discussed.
The leader Green Party of Canada Interim Dr. Amita Kuttner outlined her priorities at a press briefing in Ottawa on Wednesday morning. Dr. Kuttner was accompanied for the occasion by the two Green MPs in the House of Commons, Elizabeth May and Mike Morrice.
From the outset, the interim leader recalled that, during his Canadian tour, he heard the concerns of Canadians. According to him, people are worried about their basic needs, including access to food, water, housing, health care [which] are no longer guaranteed in this country.
The inflation crisis and the climate crisis have the same causes, Dr Kuttner said. To reduce them, we must, according to him, transform our economy.
For this, he highlights three elements that are necessary: the establishment of a minimum income, the use of a development indicator (and not only relying on gross domestic product) and the development of a local circular economy. .
We need to become self-sufficient, argued Dr. Kuttner during the press briefing.
For Saanich–Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May, the three priorities of the Green Party of Canada are: Climate, climate, climate. She hammered home that Canada is at a climate crossroads.
“We can no longer pretend that the fossil fuel industry, and more specifically its development, [… ] is compatible with our survival as humanity.
—Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada MP for Saanich–Gulf Islands
Ms. May also spoke out against the fact that we face environmental racism, and that more climate justice is needed. She cited in passing the debate surrounding Bill 226, which precisely in its wording targets environmental racism.
Green MP for Kitchener Center, Mike Morrice, meanwhile discussed during the press briefing tax credits for so-called carbon capture and storage, which are not long-term solutions to the climate crisis.
However, he recalled that the most recent federal budget will invest up to $8.6 billion in these initiatives, the impacts of which are very limited.
For Mr. Morrice, we have climate solutions that work, fix homes, [invest] in renewable energy and electrify transportation.
During the parliamentary session, Mr. Morrice wants to debate social justice. First with Bill C-22 on people with physical disabilities, and then for affordable housing and homelessness.
We need to reorient the market of housing so that houses are places where people live, rather than goods that investors transact, explained Mr. Morrice.
He thus echoed a concern of young Canadians and low-income people who compete with investment funds when it comes time to enter the housing market.
During the point Interim Green Party Leader Dr. Kuttner chose not to talk about the leadership race, as he and his caucus wanted to put forward priorities for the parliamentary session. He noted, however, that more details of the race would be released.
Elizabeth May meanwhile was terse about her threatening to quit the Green Party if the race to the leadership of the party was suspended. She only replied: No.