Party of Saskatchewan Election Platform 2003
Adopted at GPS Convention 2003.
A Green Energy Policy
A New Green Alliance Government will develop a Green Energy policy that
protects the environment and creates sustainable jobs, with emphasis
on energy conservation and the development of wind, solar and other renewable
energy sources , and which encourages the establishment of small-scale,
equitable power production.
The New Green Alliance supports the implementation of the Kyoto agreement
to Policy Statements: 1998.1 1999.8 2000.8 2002.4 2003.3
A Community-based Economic Policy
A New Green Alliance Government will create a special task force to
establish a participatory process for developing a sustainable economic
policy for Saskatchewan. The goal of a new policy is to cease treating
Saskatchewan's unique ecosystem and communities as commodities for the
use and exploitation by both trans and multi-national corporations. The
GPS supports local economic control and opposes globalization. ( e.g.
international trade organizations and agreements such as NAFTA and the
WTO which reduce local sovereignty)
to Policy Statements: 2002.5
A Progressive Taxation System
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will reform Saskatchewan's taxation
system so that it is more just and more effectively supports the development
of local communities and sustainable, self-sufficient local economies.
These reforms would include:
- a reduction of regressive PST and property taxes, with a subsequent
shift of education funding to general provincial revenues.
reduced taxes on environmentally "friendly" purchases
- the elimination of municipal business taxes
a return to communities of a percentage of the PST as a "Community
Development Tax Return", enabling municipal and community groups to provide
services to citizens according to locally determined needs and priorities.
- The establishment of a scaled (graduated) revenue tax that would apply
above a given threshold to replace the current municipal business tax
- the implementation of a more progressive income tax system based on
ability to pay,
- a minimum tax imposed on all profitable corporations,
- a luxury value-added tax,
higher royalties applied to the extraction of natural resources to
support local communities, and a community based economy.
to Policy Statements: 1999.1 1999.9 2000.18 2000.19 2002.7 2003.2 2003.18
Agriculture and Food
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will support the family farm system
of production and will encourage the Federal Government to also finance
the transition to ecologically sound, sustainable and organic agriculture
that supports independent farms and farm cooperatives rather than large
agri-business ventures, and so will:
- support a food production, processing and distribution system which
encourages a Saskatchewan grown and processed food industry
- support the creation of a provincial "Food Charter" and
then will work with local communities to ensure that the safe food
guarantees of the Food Charter are met for all Saskatchewan citizens.
-- limit non-resident ownership of farm lands and prohibit foreign ownership
of farm land
- limit the spread of intensive livestock operations and carefully monitor
those already in operation to ensure that they will adhere to sound,
humane, environmental and health considerations. We will encourage smaller
scale and environmentally sound operations.
- oppose all patent claims on living organisms or genetic information.
- subsidize the building of solar-heated straw bale greenhouses at appropriate
latitudes to grow vegetables in all seasons, particularly in the winter,
to provide fresh certified organic food, to create employment, and to
reduce energy used in transporting food from California and Florida.
to Policy Statements: 1998.8 1999.7 2000.3 2002.1 2003.10 2003.15 2003.16 2005.7
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will:
- immediately raise the social assistance rates to satisfy basic needs
and index it to the cost of living.
- provide free publicly funded childcare with fairly paid and competent
staffing, and increase the number of spaces in day care centers to at
least the Canadian average.
- support affordable, quality housing through rent controls and inspection
systems and the development of social housing. and programs will be established
to encourage home ownership and co-operative housing.
support a "guaranteed annual income" system of social support.
to Policy Statements: 1998.11 2000.9 2000.21 2005.17
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will act to limit truckers work hours
to protect truckers and all citizens on our roadways. A Green Party of Saskatchewan
Government will introduce pay-equity legislation.
to Policy Statements: 1998.6 1998.7 1998.13 2003.27 2003.28
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will immediately begin a dialogue with
existing Aboriginal and Metis organizations in order to explore and address
the issues associated with inherent First Nations and Metis rights, including
rights to land and resources, as well as discussing urban and taxation
to Policy Statements: 2003.11 2003.12 2003.13 2003.18
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government strongly supports the role of Crown
Corporations where appropriate in the development of Saskatchewan and
in providing essential services to Saskatchewan people, but will prohibit
Saskatchewan Crown Corporations from investing their profits in out-of-Saskatchewan
ventures unless it is in partnership with a Canadian firm whose primary
role and operation is in Saskatchewan.
A Green Party of Saskatchewan government will oppose the private corporate ownership
and control of natural resources now held by the Crown for the people
to Policy Statements: 2000.2 2002.6 2003.8
The Green Party of Saskatchewan recognizes that an effective health system requires
that healthy air, water and food is available to all Saskatchewan citizens.
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will create a democratic participatory
process for an effective community voice in determining health policy
at the local level.
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will support the introduction of more
community health centers, pharmacare, alternative medicine, dental care
and home care.
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will support preventative health care,
considering social, economic and environmental factors.
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will ensure adequate funding is available
to maintain the five principles of Medicare and is opposed to the privatization
of health care services. (c.f. Canada Health Act)
to Policy Statements: 1998.14 1998.15 1999.5 2003.22 2003.23 2003.24 2003.25 2005.10 2005.11 2005.13 2005.14 2005.16
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will introduce a system of proportional
representation accepted by the people of Saskatchewan through a referendum
process during its first four-year mandate.
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will pass legislation to limit contributions
to political parties to individuals and will support public funding of
the electoral process by giving a grant to Saskatchewan's official political
parties equal to $1.00 per vote received by party candidates in the previous
to Policy Statements: 2000.1 2003.10 2003.30 2005.5 2005.6
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will require that all multinational
corporations permitted to operate within the borders of Saskatchewan
be required to meet standards and obligations which benefit Saskatchewan
people and the Saskatchewan environment, and require that they be shown
to not be operating elsewhere in the world in a manner causing suffering
or exploitation of people or damage to the environment.
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will work against the North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA),
the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank (IBRD), and the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) which contribute to many of the problems of poverty
and degradation of the world's environment.
to Policy Statements: 1998.12 2002.2 2002.3
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will oppose the location of any nuclear
fuel waste dump in Saskatchewan and opposes 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. A Green Party of Saskatchewan
Government will hold uranium mining companies accountable for cleanup
of mining sites. Exports of uranium to countries with nuclear weapons
and Depleted Uranium weapons will be halted immediately.
to Policy Statements: 1999.3 1999.6
Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will accept responsibility for
funding early childhood intervention and "pre-school programs" where
required, in addition to traditional responsibility for the K-12
Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will ensure the implementation
of an "Ecological
Literacy" curriculum, which also has practical application components,
in all Saskatchewan schools.
Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will mandate the democratic establishment
of "School Councils" for each Saskatchewan school, these School Councils
to have the responsibility , along with adequate funds, to make appropriate
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government 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.
to Policy Statements: 1998.9 1999.2 2003.19 2003.20 2003.21 2003.26 2005.4
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will oppose government-sponsored gambling
as socially destructive and as a regressive form of taxation. A referendum
will allow the people to decide if they wish to continue to permit such
gambling to continue in their community.
to Policy Statements: 2005.15
Security for Saskatchewan People
Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will immediately declare its intention
to eliminate the need for food banks, and will seek to meet on-going
food and nutrition needs of disadvantaged citizens through new initiatives
arising from a province-wide food charter, and from the transformation
of existing food banks into "community kitchens" and community nutrition
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will support initiatives to create community
food production cooperatives and cooperative ventures with farmers to
grow, store and distribute organically produced vegetable crops, and
also to produce organic dairy and meat products.
to Policy Statements: 1999.7 2003.6 2003.7 2005.9
our Water Rights
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will support the rights of
the citizens of Saskatchewan and the world by declaring that:
water is a common heritage of human kind,
- earth's fresh water belongs to all living species and therefore must
not be treated as a commodity to be bought, sold and traded for profit
as an economic good.
- local human communities have the primary responsibility to guarantee
that water is treated as a common heritage.
water is a fundamental human and social right,
the right to water in quantity and quality sufficient to life is
an individual and collective inalienable right which cannot be submitted to any constraint of social
(sex, age, income) political, religious or financial nature
"because water is essential to the security of our communities and societies
its ownership, control, delivery and management belong in the public domain.
citizens must be at the heart of the decision process
in water affairs.
to Policy Statements: 2000.11 2003.5
Making "Saskatchewan" Mean "Quality!"
Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will support a series of initiatives
which would result in the creation of a "Quality
which will promote Saskatchewan agriculture, industry, products, institutions
and communities nationally and internationally as being certified high
quality, environmentally responsible and economically sustainable products,
institutions and communities.
to Policy Statements: 2003.1
Resource Revenues with First Nations Communities
A Green Party of Saskatchewan government will commit to applying a
fair portion of all resource development revenues obtained by the government
of Saskatchewan to Community Development programs determined by First
to ensure that all Saskatchewan people benefit from "Quality Saskatchewan" and "Community
Development Tax Return" programs.
to Policy Statements: 2003.11 2003.12 2003.13 2003.18
Responsible Forestry Operations
A Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will initiate a process
that will result in all of Saskatchewan's Crown forests and forest
certification by the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada,
and subsequently, all Crown forest operation license holders
will be required
operation procedures compliant with these certification standards
in all of their forest operations within Saskatchewan.
to Policy Statements: 1998.3 2003.9 2003.31
Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will halt all new introductions
of genetically engineered organisms into the environment
and ban genetically engineered
wheat from Saskatchewan, including test plots.
to Policy Statements: 2001.5 2002.9 2003.17 2005.8 2005.12