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Below is our stance on every issue, listed alphabetically.
Aboriginal peoples and First Nations: The Indian Act must be abandoned, and a new vision must be realized in order for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people to self actualize. We should be focusing on autonomizing aboriginal peoples – natives must be in charge of native affairs.
For too long have non-natives been dictating native affairs. It is thus that the Technocratic Party of Canada vows to appoint a native intelligence and experience to the position of Minister of Native Affairs. We vow to repeal the Indian Act, and immediately schedule a meeting with First Nations communities in order to propose concrete solutions to the problems facing native peoples; these include, but are not limited to, housing inadequacies, shortages of potable water and underemployment.
We will ensure that all houses on reserves have access to adequately hot water in order improve sanitary conditions, for prevention of disease. We will consider funding the construction of energy production units – such as geothermal and tidal power generators – in order to generate clean, cheap electricity for some reserves. We are committed to helping preserve native cultures and languages.
- Accountability in government: Amend the constitution to create real consequences for a government found in contempt of parliament. Support Bill C-572: The Strengthening Fiscal Transparency Act, which would allow for the Parliamentary Budget Officer to be appointed by parliament and not by the Library of Parliament , thus adding accountability and transparency to the PBO (Parliamentary Budget Office).
- Accountability in the media: Media corporations must no longer be allowed to endorse political parties; they must increase efforts to minimize political bias within journalism.
- Accountability in police forces: Kettling must be illegal – it violates section 9 of the Charter, which guarantees safety from arbitrary detention.
We support the ban of several pesticides which have sufficient evidence to show that they are harmful to either humans or wildlife. They include:
- Acephate: impacts sparrows severely
- Alachlor: long term effects include potential damage to the liver, kidneys, spleen, lining of nose and eyelids; is also carcinogenic
- Azinphos-ethyl: banned by the WHO (World Health Organization)
- Binapacryl: reacts slowly with water to form Dinoseb, which is toxic
- Ethion: highly toxic
- Nonylphenol and nonyphenol ethoxylates: endocrine disruptors and harmful to aquatic life form; found in waste water.
- Fipronil: affects the abilities of bees to locate the hive; is toxic to aquamarine and avian life forms.
Animal welfare: Work to make circuses cruelty-free and impose more serious restrictions on factory farming. Restrict the use of neonicotinoids (an insecticide) in agriculture, since there have been numerous links to the bee colony collapses. Ban all bottom trawling within our jurisdiction. Ban trade of turtle shells to protect hawksbill, wood, and blandigs turtles. Review the regulation of animal welfare and conservation in zoos. Make it a criminal offence to kill a species listed in Canada as “endangered”. Ban the sale of shark’s fin soup throughout Canada, since sharks are paramount for oceanic ecosystems and nearly ⅓ of all shark species are endangered.
Arctic: Create a multilateral agreement with Russia, Greenland, Norway and the United States to secure international waters in the Arctic to prevent international fishing expeditions from exploiting the delicate arctic ecosystems.
Church of Scientology: Move the Church of Scientology to cult status – all religions should be free to join, whereas Scientology forces its members to pay in order to become “enlightened”. There have also been denumerable incidents of fraud, brainwashing, and threats. People who wish to leave are often bankrupted after having given the Church information to their financial accounts. We believe we need to protect the citizens from the Church of Scientology, since faith should be free and not coerced. We should stress that we are not whatsoever opposed to the beliefs and practises of Scientologists. We strongly believe in the right to freedom of religion, faith, worship and assembly; we are specifically opposed to the Church of Scientology.
Communications: Canada has one of the highest phone rates in the world, we should work with the CRTC - Canadian Radio Television Commission – to regulate the prices to a more reasonable level. One of the steps we will take to lower the rates of cell phones includes requiring phone companies to bill per second, rather than per minute. The costs of text messaging must be dropped significantly, since the messages are sent over tha ambient signals that phones use to communicate with towers; they use these airwaves almost constantly in order to keep track of the signal, as well as update the time, thus text messages are virtually free for the companies. Call display should be free, since all phones automatically know which number is incoming, but companies block the number in order to charge more for all display.
To improve our availability and quality of the internet we will: end internet metering; increase the autonomy of Indie ISPs (internet service providers); and ban bandwidth throttling and rate limiting unless required for functionality.
We oppose vertical integration.
Credit and household debt: Average household debt recently reached $176,460 and overall Canadian debt is $1.5 trillion. In order to help consumers manage their debt, lower the national cap on interest rates to %15. Currently interest on pay-back can be as high as 35%. Negotiate with credit unions to put an end to “no money down” financing.
Democratic reform: Remove the 75% tax rebate on political donations. Change electoral systems to open-list proportional representation in order to better represent the popular opinion while still giving voters an option for regional politics. We currently have first past the post as our electoral system. Abolish the senate. Add the right to decline a ballot to the federal elections. Create fixed election dates to make government more efficient, but also create consequences to contempt of parliament, to ensure that there is still a method of changing governments early if need be.
- Safe injection sites: Insite, North America’s first safe injection site, has been a success – it has greatly reduced the number of drug overdose deaths in Vancouver and will likely show a decrease in the incidence of HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis among drug users. We would like to see the inception of more safe injection sites in our cities, namely Toronto, Edmonton, and Montréal.
- Marijuana: There is not sufficient evidence that marijuana is harmful physically nor mentally for it to remain illegal. The war on drugs has failed, and thus we fully support the legalization of marijuana. To avoid trafficking, yet still allow citizens to use marijuana, we wish to allow citizens to possess one ounce of marijuana on their person, own seeds, and grow one plant, but not buy nor sell it. We will also grant Marc Emery, a Vancouver marijuana activist serving time in the U.S.A., the return to Canada, to be tried in the Canadian legal system anew.
- Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages should have glycaemic index listed for diabetics and hypoglycaemics.
- Rehabilitation programs: Rehabilitation programs must combine drug therapy with psychiatric help and counseling to target the root of the addiction. Parents must be allowed to either bring their children, or at least not have them taken away on the basis of attending rehab. There should be more rehabs separate for humans, for their sake of their safety, because human sex trade workers are afraid of running into their johns and pimps, or being beaten later.
Economy: Increase minimum wage in provinces to match the living wage. Although one could argue that not many people actually earn minimum wage, there are many people of all ages who make less than minimum wage. Minimum wages must be matched to inflation. See Province specific issues.
Extend the validity of passports from 5 years to 10 years, like many European countries and the U.S.A., thus saving money and cutting back on the volume of renewals.
Education, post-secondary: Cap tuition fees nationally. Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador have the lowest fees (approx $2700). Ontario and New Brunswick have the highest ($6300 and $5500 respectively). Dentistry students pay the highest. Lower the fees on the most in demand programs such as dentistry, Nursing, dental hygienists, and pharmacy. Set up a program to better recognize and bridge degrees from other countries.
Energy: We wish to invest in technically efficient sources of energy, as well as research into alternative sources of energy. We had considered several factors in deciding which sources of alternative energy to promote; these factors include energy efficiency, resource availability, operating costs, installation costs, and safety. From these results, we have decided to support hydroelectric, geothermal, wind turbine, tidal stream and solar concentration power generation. We would also like to invest in the research of algae biofuel, and reversed electrodialysis.
- Oil: We vehemently oppose the Keystone pipeline, running from Alberta throughout the heartland of the U.S.A.. We strongly believe we should be making every effort to ween ourselves off of oil and onto alternative sources of energy. See also Environment: Emissions targets
- Tidal: We wish to build two tidal stream generators in the Bay of Fundy, with a generating capacity of up to 8000MW – Enough to power 76% of New Brunswick.
- Algae biofuel: Research seems quite promising for the prospect of using algae as a carbon neutral biofuel, however more research is needed on the subject.
- Reversed electrodialysis: If more research can show reversed electrodialysis to be an efficient and cost effective form of alternative energy, then we would be interested in utilizing this resource at the St. Lawrence river, where salt water mixes with fresh water.
- Fish farming: End bottom trawling, which is highly destructive to oceanic ecosystems. Strictly prohibit commercial fishing in our marine protected areas. (currently only 1 of our 161 marine protected areas are protected from commercial fishing)
- Emissions targets: Our plan for reducing emissions is to target the two largest polluting sectors, those being manufacturing and transportation, and to introduce more environmentally friendly options. We wish to invest massively into renewable energy, namely solar, wind, tidal and geothermal, in order to meet our energy consumption demands on both an industrial and a household level. Our investments in green infrastructure will not only enable us to reduce our emissions, but will also create jobs.
- Offshore drilling: Offshore drilling must be banned.
- Consumer waste: The government of Ontario had recently attempted to collect e-waste (electronic waste) in order to dispose of the potentially harmful components properly, and recycle as much of the product as possible. However, their attempt failed, in part because they charged the consumer the e-waste handling fees. We propose instead charging the manufacturers and distributors an e-waste handling fee, and making electronic waste disposal a national priority. The problem is not that individual electronics are harmful to health and the environment, but that we mass-produce them, and product turn-over rates are at an all-time high.
- Water quality: Prohibit bulk water exportation. See also Water
Gender equity: End the Public Sector Equitable Compensation act, which in fact made employment less equitable. Make rehabilitation programs more accessible to parents and people by creating more people-only services. We support Olivia Chow’s private member’s bill, which was recently defeated, to end the discriminatory Transport Canada passport requirements.
- Lower wait times: Invest in more hospital beds, which are in severe shortage. Invest in at-home care and rehabilitation and support family caregivers to free up unnecessarily occupied emergency room beds. Invest in radiation therapy and curative care for breast, prostate and lung cancer, since radiation therapy currently has one of the longest waiting lists. PEI and New Brunswick have longest wait times to see specialists.
- Innovation: Create an data portal shared by all authorized health care professionals, which will store information of all immunizations and test results such that patients don’t need to keep track for themselves. Ontario had attempted this with E-Health, but had failed for reasons of inadequate planning and funding. Recognize and utilize more of the tools and tests in use abroad: there are many tests and treatments in use in other countries which have not been approved for use in Canada. We should speed up the process by which we test and approve of this equipment.
- Coverage: Currently, Medicare does not cover ambulance services, addictions treatment, dental care, eye care, nor physician-prescribed pharmaceuticals. We wish to extend Medicare coverage to include all of these features. We would also like to include coverage for dental surgery and annual dental checkups, since dental hygiene has routinely been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease: one of the biggest killers in Canada. We wish to see the addition to the Charter for “protection against genetic discrimination”, so that insurance companies and employers will not be able to discriminate your coverage or your opportunities based on your genetic analysis.
- Prevention and promotion: Create more safe injection sites to lower the number of overdoses, as well as the prevalence of HIV and hepatitis in cities with heavy drug traffic.We also wish to implement educational programs in primary and secondary schools to promote nutrition and exercise, while condoning tanning. Insite, North America’s first safe injection site, has been a success – it has greatly reduced the number of drug overdose deaths in Vancouver and will likely show a decrease in the incidence of HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis among drug users. We would like to see the inception of more safe injection sites in our cities, namely Toronto, Edmonton, and Montréal. See also Public Health and safety
- More doctors, nurses et al.: Create a bridging program for immigrants with degrees in medicine, nursing, and dentistry, in order to recognize their credentials.
- Abroad: Tackle dysentery on a global scale: UNICEF estimates that a mere $7 million could solve the problem worldwide of unsafe drinking water and inadequate sanitation.
- Pharmaceuticals: Change the duration of the validity of patents on drugs, from 20 years to 5 years; other countries which have made similar changes – such as India and Brazil – have lowered the price of pharmaceuticals by about %75. Extend Medicare coverage to include physician-prescribed pharmaceuticals. Insist on using generic drugs for prescriptions, where available – they are just as effective as brand name drugs and cost significantly less.
Homelessness: Statistically speaking, most homeless individuals are either victims of abuse, physically or mentally ill, or substance abusers. Rates of homelessness are highest among people and natives. We believe that thus improving the availability of health care and rehabilitation programs, we would do a great deal to prevent many from becoming homeless. Creating more safe injection sites and initiating the catastrophic drug plan would lower the prevalence of HIV and hepatitis among the homeless, and prevent people with FASD (fetal alcohol spectral disorder) and schizophrenia from becoming homeless. Our changes in the taxation of property will make housing more affordable. Changes to our prostitution laws will protect many of the people forced to work the streets, and our new model for rehabilitation programs would allow for more people to seek the help they need. See also Drugs and alcohol, Health care, Taxes, People and equality, Water, Prostitution, Public Health & Safety, and Aboriginal peoples and First Nations.
Housing: Affordable housing has become increasingly scarce, and the situation is worsening as the gap between minimum wages and living wages widens. For this reason we insist upon matching the minimum wages with living wages and adjusting them with inflation.
It should always be cheaper to repair a house than to build a new one – we support the subsidy or home repairs and modifications, partially from municipalities.
Industry: Canada’s largest industry is that of services. For decades, our research and manufacturing sectors have been dwindling, moving to the United States, China, Mexico and India. We strongly believe that a healthy economy for Canada is one in with a strong manufacturing industry, and well-funded research. We are proponents of fair trade, not free trade, and thus we wish to repeal NAFTA – the North American Free Trade agreement. This would help Canada expand its own manufacturing sector, rather than rely on those of Mexico and the United States.
Infrastructure: Without adequate infrastructure, it will be increasingly difficult to advance as a society. We strongly believe investments in infrastructure are key to job creation, the economy, tourism, and industry. Please note that almost all infrastructure projects are at least in part subsidized by the provinces, and thus the estimates given are likely significantly higher than the actual cost for the federal government. Total cost of proposed infrastructure developments:
- Hospital expansions and upgrades: $2,440 million will be sufficient to expand and upgrade at least 5 hospitals.
- Broadband internet: It is often considered unprofitable for internet service providers to extend fiber optic cables to rural communities, but the internet is crucial to our development. We should extend fiber optic cables, giving many more Canadians access to broadband internet. It costs approximately $100/km to lay fiber optic cable for broadband internet. An investment of $100 million should be a good start.
- Windfarms: Wind energy is one of the most abundant renewable energy sources on the planet. By increasing the presence of windfarms in Canada we will lower our dependence on oil, coal, and natural gas. $425.4 million will install five windfarms. We suggest they be installed in Ontario, Alberta, and Québec, which have the highest energy demands in the country.
- Geothermal energy power stations: Geothermal energy is a highly efficient form of renewable energy. There are currently no geothermal power stations in Canada. We propose installing our first one in British Columbia, which has the best opportunity due to the presence of fault lines. $460 million should be sufficient to install one plant with a generating capacity of 150MW.
- Railway: We would like to see the installation of commuter rail (light rail) connecting Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Surrey. We expect this to cost no more than $8,317.6 million.
- Roads & highways: We will invest $1,040 million for road and interchange maintenance.
- Wastewater treatment plant upgrades: In 2011, 389 communities were issued boil water advisories, bacterial bloom warnings, or “do not consume” advisories; 97 of them were on native reserves. If we wish to make potable water a right in Canada, we must start by upgrading our water treatment plants. This may include biosolids dewatering, the addition of an ultraviolet disinfection facility, or adding standby power. We will invest $4,750 million into upgrading 12 plants.
- Natural disasters: Invest in preventative measures to deal with floods and forest fires in the prairies, and earthquakes in British Columbia.
Internet rights, piracy and patents: Create an online portal to display public documents and information in database format, including ministerial expenses, lobbyist registry data and budgets. Eliminate all patents from genes and life forms. Change the duration of the validity of patents on drugs, from 20 years to 5 years; other countries which have made similar changes – such as India and Brazil – have lowered the price of pharmaceuticals by about %75. For more information on our plan for the internet, see Communications.
Language: We believe it is important for schools in native communities to teach native languages. Not only does bilingualism aid mental development tremendously, but languages preserve culture, history, and faith – all of which are crucial for native Canadians.
1. halving the number of full-time reservists to 4,500 and converting them to part-time service, while preserving and strengthening their ranks within communities
2. redeploying or eliminating 3,500 regular forces personnel who currently hold jobs that serve little purpose
3. consolidating departments that overlap and duplicate each other
4. redeploying or eliminating 3,500 civil servants in the department
5. cutting 30 per cent from the $2.7-billion spent annually on contractors, consultants and services provided by the private sector
We are awaiting further details from the report, as it has not yet been publicly released.
The Ministry: We believe that ministers should be elected within the House of Commons, and that they should posses work experience and/or education in the field that they are elected to represent. This is for several reasons:
People with expertise in a field have a good understanding of how funds are allocated within that field, as well as its bureaucratic structure. If a minister is asked to make cuts, they should know how the proposed cuts will affect Canadians, and how layoffs will affect the service. If they have relevant work experience and an education, they are much more likely to feel passionately towards the field, and will thus strive to improve the ministry and its services. This is about putting those affected by policies in charge of them; since someone who is unaffected by a policy is unlikely to care for it.
Although the ministers will be members of parliament, we wish for them to be elected within the house, rather than appointed by the Prime Minister. This would frequently result in ministers being non-partisan. The benefit of this is that the minister would make decision based on evidence, and with the intention of helping the ministry, rather than based on ideology. It would also force the parties to work together more frequently – something we need to see more of.
The ministers should still be members of parliament, since this means they will have been democratically elected by the citizens. However, we wish to include an option for non-members of parliament to be nominated, with the permission of the governor general, on the basis that no members of parliament having sufficient knowledge of the field. For instance, if no member of the house has any knowledge of fisheries or oceans, then with permission of the governor general, candidates may be nominated outside of the house of commons based on their experience as oceanographers, or some other related profession.
Pension & retirement: Currently RRSP tax subsidies are distributed as tax deductions rather than tax credits. We propose changing these tax subsidies into tax credits so that every investor, regardless of income, will receive the same rate of subsidy.
Poverty: We strongly believe that the best approach to tackling poverty, is to improve the quality of life for all, and increase make it accessible to all. This includes increased health care coverage for dentistry and prescription drugs, lowering sales taxes, changing property taxes and adding the right to potable water to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Prostitution: We believe prostitution should be decriminalized for the sake of the safety and well-being of the prostitutes, and also to put an end to human trafficking in Canada, by focusing on policing the clients and not the prostitutes themselves.
Province specific issues: In every province the minimum wage is less than the living wage. We propose increasing the minimum wage in each province to be closer to that of a living wage, lifting more people out of poverty. Below we state the minimum wage, and calculated living wage for each province, as well as our proposed wage increases.
- Alberta: Current minimum wage: $8.80. Living wage: $12.85. Proposed wage increase: $2.20.
- British Columbia: Current minimum wage: $8.75. Living wage: $17.72. Proposed wage increase: $2.20.
- Manitoba: Current minimum wage: $9.50. Living wage: $15.40. Proposed wage increase: $2.40.
- New Brunswick: Current minimum wage: $9.50. Living wage: $14.00. Proposed wage increase: $2.40.
- Newfoundland & Labrador: Current minimum wage: $10.00. Living wage: $13.33. Proposed wage increase: $2.50.
- North West Territories: Current minimum wage: $10.00. Living wage: $12.64. Proposed wage increase: $2.50.
- Nova Scotia: Current minimum wage: $9.65. Living wage: $14.26. Proposed wage increase: $2.40.
- Nunavut: Current minimum wage: $11.00. Living wage: $12.09. Proposed wage increase: $1.09.
- Ontario: Current minimum wage: $10.25. Living wage: $12.75. Proposed wage increase: $2.50. We oppose the mega quarry, which will eviscerate precious farmland and drain our water supplies.
- Heir Edward Island: Current minimum wage: $9.30. Living wage: $13.19. Proposed wage increase: $2.35.
- Québec: Current minimum wage: $9.65. Living wage: $14.83. Proposed wage increase: $2.40.
- Saskatchewan: Current minimum wage: $9.25. Living wage: $15.50. Proposed wage increase: $2.30.
- Yukon: Current minimum wage: $9.00. Living wage: $15.77. Proposed wage increase: $2.25.
- Cigarettes: Studies have shown that health risks posed from smoking cigarettes is reduced when the tar yield of cigarettes is limited to less than 10mg. For this reason we should limit the tar yield of cigarettes to 10mg and change the useage of the word “light” in terms of nicotine. Although there are 400 chemicals present in cigarette smoke, many being toxic and carcinogenic, they are not present in the cigarettes themselves. Of the 599 additives in commercial American cigarettes, almost none of them are inherently toxic. However, their combinations under combustion is what produces the toxic fumes. Many of these chemicals are seemingly harmless, such as hyssop oil and lauric acid, but have not been sufficiently tested under combustion. For this reason we propose investing in research into the combustion and combination of these 599 ingredients.
- Cosmetics: Remove heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead, as well as BHA and BHT, which interference with hormone functionality.
- Sex toys: BPA and phthalates should be removed, since they’re banned in children’s toys, and pose a risk to reproductive health.
- Alternative medicine: Practitioners of alternative medicine, such as naturopaths, acupuncturists, and homeopaths, must not be allowed to prescribe medicine. Naturopaths and other alternative medicine healers must not be allowed to call themselves “doctors”, as it is misleading to the public.
- Obesity: Integrate educational programs in public schools promoting nutrition, and exercise. Encourage municipalities to create more sports programs and promote athleticism, especially to youth and children.
- Sexually transmitted infections: Integrate educational programs in public schools informing students of the varying multitude of STIs, their risks and their prevention. Promote the HPV vaccination for humans as well, since currently only humans have free access to the vaccine.
- Asbestos: We oppose the continued exportation of asbestos to other countries. Although chrysotile – the type of asbestos mined in Québec – can be handled safely, it is being exported to developing countries which do not have adequate workplace safety and chemical handling to work with the asbestos properly.
Research and Development: Currently Canada’s R&D is funded primarily through complex tax credits, which are frequently abused and have been largely unsuccesful in promoting research and development. We propose funding R&D directly, and abandonning these tax credits.
Statistics & research: Reinstate the long form census: the census provides us with essential statistical information about Canadians. From it, we can see how our population is aging, how our demographics are changing, and the effectiveness of our policies. Currently, StatsCan has to raise $109 million on its own in order to operate. We believe the government should be subsidising this cost, since knowledge and statistics of Canada should be free to all.
- Cap and Trade: Under cap and trade, the government sets the emissions targets, and then the price of carbon is determined by the market, implying the market could fail in some occasions if the price becomes too high. We do not believe cap and trade has been a successful approach to curbing emissions in other countries, and thus we do not support its initiation here. It takes the onus off of the companies for polluting, sending the message “it’s okay to pollute, so long as you can afford it.” It also raises questions about what can earn carbon credits: can the ocean earn carbon credits because it is the single largest sink for carbon dioxide?
- Carbon taxes: With carbon taxation, the government sets the price of carbon, but then quantity of emissions is undetermined. Estimates have shown that the tax would have to be set unrealistically high (up to $100 per tonne) for there to be a significant impact on emissions. Thus we do not believe carbon taxes are the best approach to dealing with carbon emissions.
- Corporate taxes: Restore the corporate tax rate to %18.
- Estate tax: The estate tax should be abolished. There is no gift tax in Canada, and thus there should be inheritance taxes nor estate taxes.
- Personal income tax: We support an increase in the number of brackets. Currently, we have only four brackets, the lowest bracket is applicable to all incomes less than $41,000. However, the poverty line is $21,000. Increasing the number of tax brackets will better represent Canadian earners.
Our proposed changes (tabled below), will make life noticeably more affordable for low earners, while only slightly more expensive for those just above the average earner; yet it will generate an added $30 billion in revenue per year, which will be used to improve our infrastructure and repay our national debt. It will also help reduce poverty in Canada.
CURRENT PERSONAL INCOME TAX BRACKETS:
|less than $41,544||%15|
|$41,544 – $83,088||%22|
|$83,088 – $128,800||%26|
PROPOSED INCOME TAX BRACKETS:
|less than $21,000||%7|
|$21,000 – $35,000||%15|
|$35,000 – $50,000||%22|
|$50,000 – $75,000||%26|
|$75,000 – $100,000||%30|
|$100,000 – $150,000||%34|
The average Canadian income is $37,200 and the poverty line is $21,000. With our proposed changes, the average Canadian will feel no change whatsoever to personal income taxation. Those earning slightly less than average or slightly more will experience a slight decrease or increase respectively in taxation, and those below the poverty line will experience a significant decrease.
- Sales taxes: Sales taxes propose a similar idea to that of income taxes: to raise money for the government while narrowing the wage gap among citizens. However, a study from Carlton university revealed that sales taxes are ineffective in this regard, while personal income taxes succeed. The poorest people will need to spend nearly %100 of their incomes in order to live, whereas the richest people will spend only a fraction of the incomes on living. Thus, the poorest people in the country pay %14 of their income to sales taxes (supposing sales taxes in their province, including GST, is %14), while the richest citizens will invest much of their incomes in stocks, bonds, and savings plans, thus only paying approximately %7 of their income towards sales taxes. Therefore, sales taxes may actually be widening the wage gap. For this reason, we propose lowering sales taxes while raising personal income taxes proportionally.
- Small business tax: We should maintain the current small business tax rate (%10), but not lower it. Lowering it could cause more people to form small businesses in order to lower their personal taxes. Small business generally pays near-minimum wages with no benefits – jobs which are ideal for students. Youth have the highest unemployment rates in the country and thus we don’t want to take jobs away from them by raising the small-business taxes. However, we don’t want small businesses to siphon any workers from sectors such as industry, infrastructure and skilled trades – the industries which are most rapidly vanishing towards overseas locations.
Transportation: Allocate one cent of excise tax to national public transit. (this idea was borrowed from the NDP)
- Automotive: In order to encourage the use of electric vehicles and phase out gas models, decide on a national model of car battery for electric and hybrid cars. Then, at service stations along highways and frequent commuter routes, offer charged batteries for a nominal user fee. In this way, operators of electric cars will be able to stop at a service station, eject their batteries and replace it with a charged battery. This will also allow current users of electric and hybrid vehicles to travel greater distances, since most car batteries cannot last more than two hours.
- Bicycle: We support bicycle lanes separated from automobiles by a curb in large cities.
- Train: Increase the presence of light rail transit throughout Canada. The GOTrain has been a large success in Ontario, and we believe its service can be extended to other provinces, connecting cities with heavy commuter traffic.We support the Transcontinental Magistrate World Link (TKM) – an undersea tunnel connecting Russia to Alaska through the Bering Strait – and we would help invest into the tunnel. With high-speed trains travelling at approximately 300km/h (which are already in use in China and Japan), the TKM would provide transit from British Columbia to Siberia in 7 hours, and to China in 20, costing significantly less than travel by air, and saving several tonnes in emissions. The magistrate would ease trade from China, Russia and Japan to Canada, while reducing our carbon footprint.
Unemployment: The Technocratic Party aims to focus job creation in research and development, as well as industrial and consumer manufacturing sectors, all the while improving our emissions standards, caring for the environment and respecting human rights. We wish to focus the economy less on services and more on industry. The highest areas of unemployment are aboriginals, youth and the provinces of Newfoundland and PEI.
Water: There is no substance more important to life on Earth, than water, yet in Canada, there is no fundamental right guaranteeing you access to clean, safe drinking water. For this reason we wish to add the right to potable water to the Charter. In order to realise the consequences of this addition, we will first need to upgrade water treatment plants in native reserves to meet national standards, as well as in more remote communities in the Yukon and elsewhere.