If your kids could vote they would vote for the Green Party because
they know their future depends on a change!
One of the people in my constituency was telling me how she encourages
her children to learn about the importance of voting, and so she
always takes them to with her to vote. This year she asked one of
who he thought they should vote for. He answered "The Green Party".
It seems that kids connect with the common sense idea that polluting
our world is an inherently bad thing and that we need a government
committed to cleaning and greening up our province and our planet.
Local Food Supply - Saskatchewan was built on family based agriculture.
Large agribusiness is making it hard for family farms to compete while
at the same time failing to provide local food production of vegetables
and value added food products. We must encourage local food growth
both on our family farms and within our cities. We can supply our own
food an make ourselves less reliant on imported food that because of
the growing methods used can be at risk - for example the fairly recent
recall of contaminated spinach. We can and must do better at feeding
ourselves in the years to come.
I would love to see Massey Place lead Saskatchewan and Canada in community
gardening and related healthy eating activities. We have great communities
within Massey Place and we would all benefit from the advantages of growing
some of our own healthy food and learning how to make the most out our
Reducing Pollution - Each day the landfills in Saskatchewan grow larger,
each day more pollutants enter our air, our water, and our soil. While
each of us can do something to help reduce this pollution so can a Green
To encourage individual waste reduction: I support the development of
efficient building methods and well thought out building design for both
homes and workplaces. With a little innovation we can provide support
for alternative building methods and healthy ways to maintain our homes.
Through proper design we can reduce our reliance on polluting methods
of heating and cooling our homes. And many alternative building methods
can dramatically reduce the amount of polluting resources used to build
To encourage industrial waste reduction: We should end subsidies to polluting
industries like oil and gas. Afterall wouldn't you rather our government
focus its support on the small and medium sized local businesses that
keep Saskatchewan growing in positive ways rather than helping to fill
the already bulging pockets of big oil? Imagine if those subsidy dollars
went towards supporting innovative clean industries as they develop -
Saskatchewan could be a leader in the development of ways to help clean
up our planet.
Accessible Education - I believe everyone should be as lucky as I am
- I have been able to experience two of our excellent post-secondary
institutions, SIAST and the University of Saskatchewan, but not everyone
who would like to access education is able to do so. We must ensure that
tuition is affordable and that students have adequate resources to be
effective in their studies. I also believe that the education of people
in the trades is immensely important to the future of the province. This
trade education must be accessible and we should provide encouragement
to the trades to continue to explore ways to build and maintain more
efficient homes and workplaces. Finally, I also believe that it is vital
that the financial burden of educating our children not fall so entirely
on property taxes - we must look at alternate ways to fund education.
Energy Conservation - As sustainable building practices will reduce
pollution by reducing construction waste so to can sustainable building
practices create homes and workplaces that don't rely so heavily on polluting
methods of heating and cooling. A little care in the design and layout
of a building goes a long way. We can also encourage people to use systems
that make their home more self sufficient by encouraging reverse metering.
Reverse metering is used in many European countries and encourages individuals
to add solar or other power/heat generating methods to their homes. Then
during the day when electricity demands are highest the excess power
created in individual homes is put into the grid to help supply other
homes and businesses with power. That excess power supplied to the grid
helps to offset the cost of any power the home must draw on days of decreased
power generation from its own sources. This reverse metering in combination
with grants encouraging solar roof/walls would help us to make much better
use of the wonderfully, abundant sunny days in our province (even on
those cold, sunny days in the winter).