2002.1 Promotion of certified organic farming
BE IT RESOLVED that the GPS adopt the following specific policies for
the election platform for the next provincial party:
1. Introduce policies that will encourage farmers to grow the healthiest,
most nutritious certified organic food possible.
2. Abandon the "agriculture chemical policies" of the previous provincial
3. Devote agricultural research programs to soil improvement by using
legumes, crop rotations and organic fertilizers to improve the soil, control
weeds and pests.
4. Introduce policies that will develop self-sufficient farms and communities.
5. 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.
6. Amend the regulations governing the dairy industry so Saskatchewan
citizens could enjoy unpasteruized fresh certified organic whole milk.
At present we can only get this milk from Quebec.
7. Subsidize the growing of certified organic orchards of fruits that
are native or viable to Saskatchewan, fresh for home consumption, canning,
making jams, jellies, wines, etc.
8. Develop research programs for fruit that isn't native to Saskatchewan
to adapt to this climate.
9. To encourage the production of certified organic food, we would
serve it in all government operated restaurants, in hospitals, universities,
technical schools, and school lunch programs for the purpose of providing
the healthiest food possbile to students, patients and staff.
10. The Department of Health would appoint a negotiating committee
to negotiate prices for certified organic food with representatives of
certified organic farmers.
11. Our government would subsidize certified organic food for pregnant
women, people who suffer from chemical allergies, school lunch programs,
food banks, low income families and school milk programs.
12. Our government would establish a pollution tax on agricultural
pesticides and other polluting activities for the purpose of paying for
the transfer to the production of certified organic food.
13. Our government would establish a sewage corporation to assist communities
in the province to irrigate from their sewage lagoons to prevent the pollution
of downstream water going into other communities' potable water supplies
where it is proven to be no risk of contamination to ground water or soil.
14. Our government would convert rural service centres from chemical
farming information centres to organic farming information centres.
15. Our government would establish a subsidized farm training program
to give young people an opportunity to work or train on certified organic
farms to prepare them to take over family farms.
16. Our government would establish a water-testing program to identify
water supplies that are not polluted with pesticide residues and other
undesirable opollutants. We would also develop a program to protect the
same water supplies from pollution for the use of Saskatchewan citizens.
2002.2. Controlling multinational corporations
BE IT RESOLVED that
All multinational corporations operating within the borders of Saskatchewan
be required to meet standards and obligations which include benefits for
Saskatchewan and its people and the environment, as well as be shown,
that multinational corporation, not to be operating anywhere else in
the world causing suffering or exploitation of people as well as be shown
not to be damaging the environment.
This act would be known as the Responsible Corporate Citizen Act. Those
multinational corporations shown not to be meeting the requirements of
the Act would be forbidden from operating within the borders of Saskatchewan.
Opposition to free trade agreements and WTO/IMF/IBRD
BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan government actively work against
the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the Free Trade Area of
the Americas (FTAA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). World Bank
(IBRD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which are contributing
to many of the problems of poverty and degradation of the world's environment.
2002.4. Promoting green energy
BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan government would enact and
promote policies that would seriously address the problem of global warming
and climate change iincluding conservation measures as well as promote
alternative green energy. As well, in view of the seriousness of this problem
and the fact that time is of extreme importance, the Green Party of Saskatchewan
act in such away outside of the government to promote activities that reduce
greenhouse gas emmissions and promote alternative green energy.
Promoting Local Economies
BE IT RESOLVED that A Green Party of Saskatchewan government would promote policies
that favour local communities and their economies. Part of this policy
would be promoting
decentralization of such things as food production and energy. This
policy would also favour family farms over corporate style farms which
cause damage to the environment. Green Party of Saskatchewan policy would empower
local communities so they could protect their wooden grain elevators and
say no to giant hog barns.
Crown corporation policy
BE IT RESOLVED that a
Green Party of Saskatchewan government would reverse the piecemeal privatization
the Crown public utilities by the Tory and NDP
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan government would pass
legislation restricting investment of the Crown utilities to the province
of Saskatchewan; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green Party of Saskatchewan will continue
to support the export and sale of Crown corporation technology and expertise.
2002.7. Student incentives
BE IT RESOLVED that any
person who has lived in Saskatchewan and has graduated from a post-secondary
will be entitled to a maximum,
non-transferable $2000 tax reduction for each year of work following their
graduation if they continue to work and reside in Saskatchewan up to the
same number of years that it takes to normally complete their course of
2002.8. Use of natural gas
BE IT RESOLVED that rather than promoting non-renewable natural gas
for heating houses, that the Saskatchewan government spend any future money,
allocated for encouraging natural gas usage, on promoting retrofit on existing
houses and incentives on new houses to promote passive an/or active solar
2002.9. Support for class action law suit against GE pollution
BE IT RESOLVED that the
Green Party of Saskatchewan actively support the suit by the Saskatchewan
Directorate against Monsanto Canada and Aventis
Canada for compensation for damages to crops and markets by the introduction
of genetically engineered canola.
The Green Party of Saskatchewan strongly supports the right of farmers
to grow organic crops, the right to farm organically, the right to serve
markets, and the right of consumers to eat food that is not genetically