Will the Green Party invest in infrastructure?Chris, from Squamish
Immediate investment in infrastructure is imperative to Canada. Canadians need our garbage collected, good transit services, safe roads, and dependable water supplies. We also need new investment in urban infrastructure including mass transit, energy efficiency upgrades to buildings, water conservation, and community amenities like parks, sports fields, and arts, culture and community centres. Underlying this is an urgent need to replace aging sewer systems, roadways, and water pipes.
All of these are municipal responsibilities, but Canadian municipalities simply don’t have enough money to do it all. The Green Party of Canada will work to close this gap by committing tax revenues to municipal infrastructure – providing stable, long-term funding to create good local jobs and build vibrant, safe, and livable Canadian towns and cities.
We have detailed plans to re-invest in our national rail systems, increase train speeds and phase in high speed rail, and work with VIA Rail to dramatically increase/improve services to more communities.
The second part of your question was about Canada’s natural resource infrastructure and transportation. The Green Party of Canada values the mining and natural resource extraction industry, both for the jobs it creates, especially in rural areas, and for the resources that give us our homes, clothes, computers, iPhones, schools, solar panels, and so much more.
However, while resource extraction contributes to local employment, it can sometimes leave behind residues, leaching ponds, polluting of the water table, and damaged roads due to heavy trucks. We plan to invest in the resource industry by actively encouraging clean resource extraction. We will contribute to value-added upgrading and manufacturing to create more jobs and other local economic benefits. And while we are ultimately moving toward a carbon neutral 21st century economy, we will make improvements to the rail system to ensure safer transport of the oil and gas that we still do extract.
I hope this answers your question. While the Green Party of course doesn’t expect to form government in the next election, this is one riding where we have a great chance of winning, to add one more Green voice to a parliament that needs it. The value of electing a Green MP is that each and every one of us is committed to collaborating with whoever does form government to bring these principles into legislation. In a minority government, good collaborators will make the most effective MPs, because we’ll be working across party lines to build a stronger Canada.
I’m also committed to truly representing the people of West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country. After the election, I look forward to frequent meetings with the people who live here so that I can incorporate the riding’s needs, wishes, and great ideas into the policy I help create.
I look forward to representing you in Ottawa.