August 24, 2017
The Saskatchewan Green Party sees poverty as one of the most pressing issues facing our province. Our government should live up to its commitments under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This covenant outlines that all in our province receive standard conditions of work, such as earning fair wages. In addition, our government commits to providing a standard of living for all its residents, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and ongoing improvement of living conditions. The Saskatchewan Green Party would take steps to follow through on this commitment.
We would seek to reform existing legislation, policy, and practice. Our goal is to enact a Saskatchewan Poverty Elimination Act that would comply with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This would commit our government to real action on poverty such as establishing programs to assure income security, living wages and housing first. We would also introduce a pilot program to help implement province-wide guaranteed basic income. These are steps that Taylor Bolin, candidate for Saskatoon-Fairview, sees as top priority: "Growing up and while currently living in the area, I can see how our most vulnerable residents have been hit by poor government financial management and are now the ones left struggling to make ends meet. I truly believe that if we extend a helping hand to those in need, our entire province will be better off. As they say, you can only be as strong as the weakest link, in this case we can only be as wealthy as our poorest citizens". Rather than wasting billions of dollars each year on perpetuating poverty, our government should make eliminating poverty a priority to save public funds and improve the lives of all in our province.
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