debated and approved at GPS Convention 2003
2003.1. BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Saskatchewan
supports a series of initiatives which would result in the creation
of a “Quality
which would promote Saskatchewan agriculture, industry, products,
institutions and communities nationally and internationally as being
quality, environmentally responsible and economically sustainable
products, institutions and communities.
BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government would reform
taxation system so that it is more just and that it more effectively
local communities, and a sustainable and
self sufficient community-based economy. These reforms would include:
a. Taxes would be
imposed or raised on environmentally destructive practices, with any
revenues realized by these tax increases, to be directed
to environmental cleanup, reclamation of ecologically damaged areas,
and for the support of community efforts that support environmentally
friendly and sustainable economic developments under a “Quality
Saskatchewan” program, and would include a reduction of taxes on
environmentally “friendly” purchases.
b. The taxation rules would be changed to shift the tax burden from
regressive taxes such as property taxes and PST to a larger number of
progressive income tax brackets, to a new luxury taxes and greater resource
extraction and resource development taxes.
c. The establishment
of a “Community Development Tax Return” plan
whereby a percentage of the PST, a commerce-based taxation revenue generated
within a designated community area, would be returned to local communities
and community groups which undertake to provide local services to citizens
according to locally determined needs and priorities. As communities
and community organizations develop greater capacity and efficiency in
providing local governance and in supporting local community needs, a
greater percentage of “Community Development Tax Return” would
be provided along with the delegation of greater community services currently
being controlled and financed by the provincial government.
d. The establishment of a scaled (graduated) revenue tax that would
apply above a given threshold to replace the current municipal business
BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government would develop
a Green Energy policy that protects the environment and creates
sustainable and meaningful employment. This policy will place primary
energy conservation and the development of decentralized electrical
generation from sources such as wind, solar, biomass, micro-hydro,
and furthermore, the Green Party of Saskatchewan supports the implementation
of the Kyoto agreement in Canada.
IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will create a special
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
2003.5. BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Saskatchewan supports the rights of
the citizens of Saskatchewan and the world by declaring that:
a.. water is a common heritage of human kind, and therefore
i. 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
ii. local human communities have the primary responsibility to guarantee that
water is treated as a common heritage.
b. water is a fundamental human and social right, and therefore
i. the right to water in quantity and quality sufficient to life is an individual
inalienable right which cannot be submitted to any constraint of social (sex,
age, income) political, religious or financial nature.
ii. the cost to satisfy such a right for all must be financed by the collectivity.
c. water is essential to the security of our communities and societies and
ii. its ownership, control, delivery and management belong in the public domain.
ii. citizens must be at the heart of the decision process in water affairs.
iii. water management policies must ensure social equity such as gender equity,
public health and environmental equity.
(From a United Nations Declaration on Water Rights)
2003.6. BE IT RESOLVED
that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will immediately engage all levels
of the Saskatchewan Community in a dialogue
aimed at creating a “Food Charter” that would apply to all
and furthermore, that once such a charter has been adopted, to engage
all levels of government and all local community organizations in a common
effort to apply those Food Charter rights to all its citizens.
2003.7. BE IT RESOLVED
that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will immediately declare its intention
eliminate the need for community food banks,
and will seek to meet on-going food and nutrition needs of disadvantaged
citizens through new initiatives that arise from a province-wide food
charter, and from the devolution of existing food banks into “community
kitchen” and community nutrition education programs,
and furthermore, a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government would support local
community initiatives to create community food production cooperatives
or cooperative ventures with local farmers to grow, store and distribute
organically produced vegetable crops, and also support organic dairy
and meat products.
2003.8. BE IT RESOLVED that 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,
and furthermore, 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 of Saskatchewan.
2003.9. BE IT RESOLVED
that the Green Party of Saskatchewan supports a process that will result in
all of Saskatchewan’s
Crown forests and forest products achieving certification by the Forest
Stewardship Council of Canada,
and that all Crown forest operation license holders be required to follow
operation procedures compliant with these certification standards in
all of their forest operations within Saskatchewan.
IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government would support the
elements of the Federal - Provincial Agricultural Policy Framework
Agreement that encourage the development of high quality and safe food
products all along the value chain, and certification that such food
production is from environmentally sound and sustainable practices,
And furthermore, a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government would work diligently
within the broad elements of the Agricultural Policy Framework to support
and sustain Saskatchewan family farms and rural communities,
And furthermore, a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government would work to a full
reform of the existing farm safety-net programs to create a system that
supports environmentally sustainable practices and which supports independent
farm operations and farm cooperatives, but would not support corporate
2003.10. (2) .
BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government would promote the
idea of a “fair vote” proportional
representation electoral plan for all levels of government within Saskatchewan,
and after extensive
public discussion on various forms of proportional representation, would
submit several options to the Saskatchewan people for decision in a binding
and furthermore, 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 provincial election.
2003.11. BE IT RESOLVED
that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government, recognizing the heritage and
gained for all Saskatchewan people by the good
stewardship of the earth practised by First Nations peoples for thousands
of years, will commit to applying a portion of all resource development
revenues obtained by the government of Saskatchewan, to Community Development
programs determined by First Nations communities under a “Quality
and furthermore, that this portion of resource revenues committed to
Community Development Programs will be the same as First Nations people
are within the whole Saskatchewan population.
2003.12. BE IT RESOLVED that in the interests of creating a more just society,
the Green Party of Saskatchewan declares its belief that the full letter and spirit
of Treaties signed between the Crown and First Nations in the past be
respected and fulfilled by present governments at all levels.
2003.13. BE IT RESOLVED that in the interests of creating a more just society,
when the Treaty Land Claims Commission process finds that treaty obligations
have not been fulfilled or that the fiduciary responsibilities of the
Government of Canada have been violated, that redress and compensation
be negotiated with First Nations in absolute good faith and in a timely
manner by current Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments.
2003.14. WHEREAS private banks presently create virtually all money in circulation
in Canada, existing only as debt to the bank that lent it,
AND huge amounts of tax dollars are spent servicing such borrowed money (40b
per year in interest alone),
AND said banks are accrued a disproportionate amount of political and economic
power as a result,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Saskatchewan will be a voice advocating
the utilization of the Bank of Canada to create new money for low or
zero-interest loans for indebted federal, provincial, and
AND will advocate the gradual return of "full reserve lending" for
private banks to prevent inflation and to reduce private influence on the Canadian
2003.15. BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government would limit
non-resident ownership of farm lands and prohibit foreign ownership of
2003.16. BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government would limit
the spread of intensive livestock operations and carefully monitor and
control those already in operation for sound, humane, environmental and
health considerations. We will encouraging smaller scale operations.
2003.17. BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government would oppose
all patent claims on living organisms or genetic information.
2003.18. BE IT RESOLVED that 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 issues.
2003.19. BE IT RESOLVED
that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will accept responsibility for
early childhood intervention and “pre-school
programs” where required, in addition to traditional responsibility
for the K-12 education system.
2003.20. BE IT RESOLVED
that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will ensure the implementation
of an “Ecological Literacy” curriculum
in all Saskatchewan schools which also has practical application components.
2003.21. BE IT RESOLVED
that a 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 school-based decisions.
2003.22. BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government recognizes that
an effective health system requires that healthy air, water and food
is available to all Saskatchewan citizens.
2003.23. BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will create
a democratic participatory process for an effective community voice in
determining health policy at local levels.
2003.24. BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will support
the introduction of more community health centres, pharma-care, alternative
medicine, dental care and home care.
2003.25. BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will support
preventative health care, considering social, economic and environmental
2003.26. BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will provide
free, publically-funded childcare, with fairly paid and competent staff,
and increase the number of spaces in day care centres to at least the
2003.27. BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government act to limit
truckers work hours to protect truckers and all citizens on our roadways.
2003.28. BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government will introduce
2003.29. BE IT RESOLVED that the GPS will work with other interested groups
to press the federal government to present a resolution to the UN General
Assembly with the following objectives:
a. To empower the UN to permanently employ international teams of weapons
inspectors who are mandated to search for and destroy all weapons of
mass destruction found in any national territory, and who will report
to the UN General Assembly any cases of non-compliance with this resolution
b. To end all cultural, economic and political ties with any nation that
continues to produce or maintain within its borders biological, chemical
and/or nuclear weapons.
2003.30. BE IT RESOLVED that the GPS will work with other interested groups
for the passage of legislation that will minimize the influence of third
party advertising by seriously limiting this advertising during elections
2003.31. BE IT RESOLVED that the practice of clear cut logging, where the natural
forest is destroyed and replaced with a monoculture forest which is unsuitable
for many of the plants and animals which need a natural forest for habitat,
be replaced with selective logging, which is compatable with the natural
2003.32. BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Saskatchewan move the location of
its Annual Convention withing Saskatchewan such that it is held in a
smaller community in one year and in one of Regina or Saskatoon in the
second year of an alternating sequence, provided that if it is not feasible
to hold the GPS Convention in a smaller community, then it would revert
to the larger city in that half of the province.
2003.33. BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan government will
a. broaden the mandate of the Department of Social Services Community
Living Division to include programs, supports and services to parents
who have children with physical and /or intellectual disabilities,
so that children are supported in the home and can remain in a healthy
home environment, and that other supports, programs, and services will
include community group homes for children with disabilities, more
education resources, recreational opportunities, and other services
to address the needs of children and families
b. increase funding to Social Services Community Living Division to ensure
that effective programs, services, and trained staff are addressing the
needs of families with children with disabilities, and
c. fund, support, and respond to research that indicates the environmental
and social factors relating to the cause and/or development of physical
or intellectual disabilities in children.
2003.34. BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Saskatchewan Convention 2003 supports
the following declaration:
“ The Green Party of Saskatchewan affirms its strong opposition to the illegal,
unjust and unnecessary war of the United States and Great Britain against
The convention expresses its support for Jean Chretien's government
for its decision not to participate in this war. We support the government's
commitment to the principles of the United Nations Charter and international
law and the respect the government has paid to Canadian public opinion.
The Green Party of Saskatchewan calls on the Canadian government to join with
other countries in introducing the Uniting for Peace Resolution at the
UN General Assembly. When action by the UN Security Council is blocked
by veto, or threat of veto, the UN General Assembly can assume the role
of peace maker.
This worked well in 1956 when Great Britain, France and Israel attacked
Egypt. In 1956 the Canadian government supported the Uniting for Peace
Resolution, and the General Assembly Played a key role in ending the
war. Canada can do this again. The UN General Assembly represents the
international community of nations and better reflects world public opinion.
This war is illegal
under international law and violates the basic principles of the UN
It is a war crime, "waging aggressive war," a
principle well established in the Nuremberg War Crimes trials. The mass
bombing of cities in Iraq by US and UK forces has led to untold losses
of life of innocent civilians. The Green Party of Saskatchewan calls on the Canadian
government to work with other countries to initiate charges of war crimes
against the political leaders of the US and UK governments in either
the World Court at The
Hague or the new International Court of Justice.
The Green Party of Saskatchewan
stands in solidarity with the Green Party of the United States in calling
for the destruction of all weapons of mass
destruction in the United States.”
Tabled till Convention
2004: BE IT RESOLVED that the Constitution of the GPS (Name) be amended
adding the words “Saskatchewan’s
Green Party” so that the clause would read: “The Green Party of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan’s Green Party, is a political organization
registered under the Election Act of Saskatchewan, and is hereinafter
referred to as the GPS, the Party, or the Alliance.”