Thanks to a invigorating test off the internet, I apparently side with #TeamTrudeau on most political issues including domestic policy, healthcare, and education. 91% with Liberals, 89% with the NDP, and 84% with the Green Party (my mother would be proud) However, although Justin here has luscious hair and an eerie sense of charismatic charm, there’s something off putting about him. And it isn’t just Trudeau; the party leaders have what I like to call “crocodile smiles” as in they smile from ear to ear and look like a good choice, however, in one quick bite they turn on you. Yet, like Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter and wildlife hero of many children’s childhoods including mine, death comes from the least suspecting creature, and in this case it is the Green Party and Elizabeth May.
I believe that the Green Party has good intentions, narratives, and beliefs. Most parties do at the beginning of their careers and the Green Party are quite young. I like them, and if they get a majority in the house they could probably change this old boys club of a government and aid Canada into becoming a leading country in green technology. The only thing standing in their way are all the old boys. The most recent federal election had a voter turnout of a whopping 61.4% (the third lowest in Canadian history), and most of the voters were adults in the 65-74 age category. I’m not putting old people down, however, they tend to be the ones who like keeping things like they have been since the beginning time because “it’s what has worked for me and my generation” Some are frugal, and like to hold onto their money so all these “green hippies” coming in and advocating for a fairer tax system sounds like a bad omen perceiving the apocalypse. Yet, times are changing. More people are finally becoming aware of the state that our planet is in, and as more countries become greener, Canadian citizens are becoming almost jealous of the technology that we don’t have.
The Green Party has a plan to create a sustainable economy by investing into small businesses, green energy, and tomorrow’s technology for today’s jobs. If the economy is up and people feel like their money is safe, then they give more attention to the environment, which is inevitably the parties second narrative. As well, their third narrative is an open government; advocating for democratic reform, the end of Bill-C51 and strengthening Canada’s global role as a peacekeeping nation. Their vision for a better Canada is strong, thorough and touches on many topics.
The political narrative that I feel the most compelled about is tackling climate change and the environment. Creating a better environment creates a healthier country figuratively, and literally. If we invest in environmentally friendly companies, resources, and technology and stray from relying so much on fossil fuels, we create a stable economy for generations to come, which as well entails more secure jobs for Canadians, which makes everyone happy. With the way that our planet is in today, the economy and environment go hand in hand. It will be a tough balancing act, however it is a problem that has many solutions.
Now, what does each party offer for the environment and economy? I’ve already spoken a bit about The Green Party, but to just recount, they plan on introducing “a carbon price through a fee and dividend system, which will encourage private sector investment in green technology, and green energy”, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, offer rebates for Canadians investing in efficient vehicles, fund “green city” initiatives, and many other plans. The Liberals are focusing on three main topics under the environment category: Climate change, natural resources, and clean energy. If in power, they will meet with the provinces and work with them to set national targets on carbon emissions and pricing. They are in favour of the Keystone XL pipeline, however, are against the Northern Gateway pipeline. The only reason why they are in favour of the Keystone pipeline is because it has community approval and is environmentally responsible. My only question is why be in favour for one and not the other? The Keystone pipeline runs mainly through Montana and South Dakota; two states that president Roosevelt visited during his term and initiated laws and created parks to protect their natural habitats, habitats that are just as vital as the ones we have in Northern BC. Tom Mulcair and the NDP want to take on climate change, and the Conservatives… don’t seem too keen on the environment.
The party that I believe presents this narrative best is the Green Party. Not just because they’re the Green Party and they stand up for the environment and such, but due to the fact that they understand that you can’t fix the economy without the environment and vice versa. They understand that integrating the two narratives creates more opportunities and a broader reach to Canadian citizens. If only they were able to gain enough support to receive more seats in the house. So is it really death by the Green Party, or is hopefully death to the old boys club? I hope it is the later.