We are a political party driven by the people and for the people. We remember our past and cherish the future. While fostering growth in new ideas, sectors and technologies, we strive to minimize our impact on the environment in every decision we make. We endeavor to create a better, healthier and long-term sustainable Saskatchewan for every citizen.
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January 9, 2018
2018 will see leadership changes for both parties currently holding seats in the Legislature. One of the 5 Saskatchewan Party candidates will become our next Premier in a few weeks. Less than six weeks later one of the two New Democratic candidates will become Leader of the Official Opposition.
The Saskatchewan Green Party has studied the platforms of all seven candidates in these leadership contests. As a fully engaged political party, we are willing to work with whoever wins the other parties respective leaderships.
We find many of the proposals put forth by the candidates to be favorable, including:
Scott Moe's plan to magnify the role of international trade; Ken Cheveldayoff 's initiative to bridge urban and rural communities; Tina Beaudry-Mellor's supports for northern communities and entrepreneurs; Trent Wotherspoon's plan to stand behind healthcare's frontline workers; and Ryan Meili's pharmacare plan and steps to carry reconciliation into the future
The initiatives listed above are all great proposals and ideas. However, the Greens are especially focussed on three issues as we review the range of policies. We see emphasis on these issues as key to a sustainable future for our residents.
Our three issues relate to existing policy proposals of the Saskatchewan Green Party.
CARBON PRICING. This is a must to move our province ahead. Our dependence on fossil fuels is decreasing according to most economists and foremost researchers. Which tool we use to establish a price on carbon is subject to debate". But we are committed to a carbon pricing mechanism. We look forward to a constructive dialogue with the new leaders of both parties.
BASIC INCOME. This concept is being tested in an increasing number of the world's jurisdictions. Our party believes Saskatchewan can move toward a system of a basic income for every resident. Evidence shows guaranteeing one’s income does not reduce a desire to improve one’s economic status. As just and desirable as a higher minimum wage may be, it does not benefit everyone
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. We must harness our resources and our people's talents in a sustainable way instead of stealing from our children's future. We must begin facilitating rapid development of renewable energy systems and accelerating green jobs training. Educational and communications infrastructure must serve all corners of the province. Our young people's prospects must also be strengthened by investment in Saskatchewan’s burgeoning technology sector.
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What are the Statement of Principles of the Saskatchewan Green Party?
As part of getting to know our party we will be posting a new principle every month. Continuing in our series this month's featured principle is Respect for Diversity. What does respect for diversity mean to you and for our province?
Respect for Diversity
We honour cultural, linguistic, ethnic, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity within the context of individual responsibility toward all beings.
We defend the right of all persons, without discrimination, to an environment supportive of their dignity, bodily health, and spiritual well-being
We promote the building of respectful, positive and responsible relationships across lines of division in the spirit of a multi-cultural society.
• recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples to the basic means of their survival, both economic and cultural, including rights to land and to self determination; and acknowledgment of their contribution to the common heritage of national and global culture
• recognition of the rights of ethnic minorities to develop their culture, religion and language without discrimination, and to full legal, social and cultural participation in the democratic process
• recognition of and respect for sexual minorities
• equality between women and men in all spheres of social, economic, political and cultural life
• significant involvement of youth culture as a valuable contribution to our Green vision, and recognition that young people have distinct needs and modes of expression.
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A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all those celebrating in Saskatchewan at this time from the Saskatchewan Green Party. We have seen our party take on many new challenges in 2017 with the building of new constituency groups, focusing on building stronger community engagement and the establishing of our University of Regina Sask Greens Club. We look forward to continuing our growth as a party in 2018 and continuing to build a stronger Saskatchewan Green Party to serve all the people of our province.
Our government has made the move to close Saskatchewan's Hearing Aid Program services to infants with hearing loss, as a cost savings measure for the provincial deficit. Elimination of the program will result in the loss of 9 audiology positions that are responsible for the provision of services to vulnerable citizens—including services to infants identified through the infant hearing program in Saskatoon. This is a move by our government that lacks foresight and consideration of the health care needs of children in our province in the absence of a province-wide Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program in Saskatchewan and increases the difficulty of accessing audiology services in our province.
Important points to be aware of:
- There will be longer wait times to see an audiologist
- Lack of such a program will lead to more difficulty in the detection of hearing loss at an early age, and more long term support costs.
- Hearing loss is one of the most common congenital conditions for infants
- The absence of a provincial program for infants with hearing loss in Saskatchewan is a disservice to many of the youngest and most vulnerable citizens of the province
- In light of the high educational and vocational support costs associated with unidentified hearing loss, early hearing programs lead to savings in other publicly funded areas.
Budgetary constraints should never have resulted in the government taking such an extreme action that impacts a vital health service impacting the hearing services for children. All children in our province deserve a chance to hear and communicate and a chance to succeed. Please join with us to call on the government to stop its cutting of the provincial hearing aid program for infants in our province.
Please download, sign and pledge your support to stop the cuts to the hearing aid plan for infants for Saskatchewan.
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At the recent 2017 AGM, held on June 3, 2017, in Regina the below was unanimously passed by our party membership as our party policy for carbon pricing. A plan to help Saskatchewan meet its climate change commitments while creating prosperity and growth for our province as well.
BE IT RESOLVED:
1 That the SGP adopt a policy of carbon pricing in Saskatchewan aimed at reducing the emission of carbon dioxide. This policy should be in the form of a modified fee and dividend rather than cap and trade, and should be imposed upstream, at a rate proportional to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted when the fuel is burnt. Revenues from this fee must be consistent with the Green principle of social justice.
2 That in its implementation a Saskatchewan Green Party government would use a hybrid system, in which the greater part of the revenues collected are paid out to citizens and permanent residents on low and medium income, and the other part used to develop renewable energy infrastructure as well as to enable business start-ups related to renewables, energy efficiency, the use of electric vehicles, and public transit.
3 That special measures be developed to deal with specific sectors such as agriculture and heavy industry.
4 That carbon pricing is viewed by the Party as only one in a package of mutually reinforcing measures with the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enabling a just transition to a net-zero GHG emissions economy.
Saskatchewan continues to have one of the worst records in Canada on tackling climate change. This has negative impacts on the health of people in our province, increases the incidents of extreme weather from droughts and floods, increases the occurrences of wildfires, harms agriculture, threatens our water security and also puts the economic well being of our province at risk.
There are many areas we should be concerned about:
- Saskatchewan has a high dependency on coal for electricity generation with 30% of our total generating capacity currently coming from coal
- Emissions have risen 8% since 2005 in Saskatchewan
- Saskatchewan’s power grid remains the second most carbon intensive in Canada, at 780 grams CO2 per kWh
- The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases and Adaptation to Climate Change Act does not stipulate an emissions baseline year nor an emissions reduction target
- Our premier opposes a carbon pricing plan for Saskatchewan despite it being an effective means to reduce emissions and bring economic benefits to the province
- Saskatchewan has the second lowest use of renewables among the provinces in Canada
- Our province has the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in Canada
Our premier has downplayed Saskatchewan's contribution to climate change in Canada, avoided hard targets on taking climate action and continues his support for further fossil fuel development. Even as the climate change crisis continues to escalate our premier has avoided taking meaningful steps to tackle climate change. This must change to preserve the future of our province, our nation and our planet. Please join with us to call on our provincial government to take decisive action on climate change for Saskatchewan.
Please download, sign and pledge your support for Climate Action for Saskatchewan.