The BC Green Party has finally released its full platform ahead of the BC Election on May 9, promising increases in the minimum wage, and a basic guaranteed income pilot.
As expected, the party makes plenty of pledges about the environment, but also addresses many other issues, including affordability, housing, education, the tech sector, and transit.
Among the affordability measures proposed is setting up an arm’s-length fair wages commission to address the gap between minimum wages and liveable wages.
As well, the party is promising to build 4,000 new units of affordable housing per year, expand the foreign buyers’ tax to 30%, and legislate more to protect renters.
The BC Greens also plan to make property transfer tax more progressive, starting at 2% for property worth between $200,000 and $1 million, up to 12% for $3 million+ properties.
On health matters, the BC Greens plan to roll MSP payments into personal income tax to try to make them fairer and more progressive.
The BC Greens are also promising free daycare for working parents with kids under three, and up to $500/month for families with kids under three and a stay-at-home parent.
For post-secondary students, there would be needs-based grants available, and tax forgiveness for up to five years to help eligible students repay their debts.
To support the tech sector, the BC Greens would set up an Innovation Commission and establish an Emerging Economy Taskforce to push the industry forward.
As well, over four years, they would provide $35 million over four years for tech talent and $120 million for partnerships to support the commercialization of climate friendly tech.
On environmental matters, the party is planning to increase carbon tax by $10 per year for four years beginning January 1, 2018.
Meanwhile, they are also planning to suspend work on the Massey Tunnel replacement, and support the Mayors’ 10-year plan to upgrade Metro Vancouver’s transportation system.
In terms of governance and party politics, they are planning to ban any contributions from corporations, unions and non-residents of BC.
As well, they would introduce proportional representation, lower the voting age to 16 and move provincial elections to October.
The BC Greens make a whole range of other promises in their platform. Here are a few more highlights:
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