New Energy Policy
The New Green Alliance will place primary emphasis on energy conservation
and the development of wind, solar & other renewable energy sources.
Northern Development Policy
The New Green Alliance will create a special task force to establish
a participatory process for developing a sustainable development
policy for Northern Saskatchewan. The goal of the new policy will
be to cease treating the unique ecosystem of the North and the communities
living there as commodities for the use of Southern Saskatchewan.
A Progressive Taxation System
The New Green Alliance will introduce a progressive tax system based
on ability to pay. There will be a minimum tax imposed on all profitable
corporations. The Provincial Sales Tax will be replaced by a luxury
value-added tax. Royalties on the extraction of natural resources
will be raised to at least the levels they were under the Blakeney
government in 1982.
Agriculture and Food
The New Green Alliance will support family farms, co-operative farms,
community-shared agriculture, producer co-operatives and producer-controlled
marketing boards. We will introduce legislation to ban corporate
farming. Government support will be shifted from corporate farming
to ecological, sustainable and organic agriculture. The government
will give support to the formation of an alternative food processing
and distribution system in Saskatchewan.
The New Green Alliance will immediately raise the social assistance
rates to satisfy basic needs (an increase of about 33%), and raise
the minimum wage to $8 per hour and index it to the cost of living.
We will provide free publicly funded childcare and increase the number
of spaces in day care centres to at least the Canadian average. The
New Green Alliance will support affordable, quality housing through
rent controls and inspection systems and the development of social
housing. In addition, programs will be established to encourage home
ownership and co-operative housing.
The New Green Alliance will pass pay equity legislation, most available
hours legislation and ensure that all part-time workers receive pro-rated
benefits. We will provide one year paid parental leave and bring
midwifery under Medicare. We express our profound respect for people
raising children and ensure that they will not be discriminated against
The New Green Alliance will pass anti-scab legislation, undertake a
major overhaul of the Workers Compensation Board and improve the
Trade Union and Labour Standards Acts. We will legislate a shorter
work week with no loss in pay.
The New Green Alliance will immediately begin a dialogue with existing
Aboriginal and Metis organisations in order to explore and address
the issues associate with inherent First Nations and Metis rights
including rights to land and resources. We will increase funding
to Aboriginal institutions.
The New Green Alliance strongly supports the role of Crown Corporations
where appropriate in the development of Saskatchewan. We strongly
oppose the private ownership and control of natural resources. We
will introduce legislation to make Crown Corporations democratic
and responsive to public policy.
The New Green Alliance will create a democratic participatory process
for community evaluation of health policy. We will support the introduction
of more community health centres, pharmacare, alternative medicine,
dental care and home care. We will support preventative health care,
considering social, economic and environmental factors. The New Green
Alliance will ensure adequate funding is available to maintain the
five principles of Medicare.
The New Green Alliance will introduce a system of proportional representation.
We will pass legislation to limit contributions to political parties
to individuals. Contributions will be limited to the average biweekly
The New Green Alliance strongly opposes the Multilateral Agreement
on Investment and other corporate free trade agreements. We support
the democratic principles of fair trade adopted at the People's Summit
of the Americas in Santiago, Chile, in April 1998.
The New Green Alliance opposes the location of any nuclear fuel waste
dump in Saskatchewan. We also oppose any plans to build a nuclear
reactor in Saskatchewan. The mining of uranium will be quickly phased
out with a just transition for affected workers. An inquiry shall
be launched into where our uranium has gone since 1952. Assistance
programs will be created to help victims of Saskatchewan's uranium
in foreign countries.
The New Green Alliance will restore adequate public funding to Saskatchewan's
universities. The corporate sector's growing stranglehold on universities
shall be eliminated. All qualified citizens of Saskatchewan are entitled
to free higher education as they are to health care and secondary
education. For all academically qualified residents, student tuition
fees will be rapidly reduced and eventually eliminated for four years
of education. ( justification)
The New Green Alliance opposes government-sponsored gambling as socially
destructive and as a regressive form of taxation. A province-wide
plebiscite will allow the people to decide if they wish to continue
this policy. Should the people choose to eliminate VLTs and casinos,
First Nations governments will be compensated through other revenues.