Here are the highlights of the Green party platform in the B.C. election:
— Spend $24 million to support student mental health by increasing the number of school counsellors.
— Extend leases for existing housing co-ops that are about to expire while also creating a land bank for new co-ops.
— Create a capital fund to help acquire and maintain rental housing by non-profit organizations.
— Provide a basic income for youth aging out of care.
— Create a rental support program for those paying more than 30 per cent of their income in rent.
— Develop a plan to phase out public funding that goes to for-profit long-term care facilities.
— Provide universal early childhood education for three and four year olds.
— Create a $1 billion innovation fund to shift to a zero-carbon economy as part of a clean recovery plan that includes help for workers.
— Review procedures for wellness checks with a goal of expanding the use of integrated mental health crisis teams.
— In the first year, the platform’s promises would cost about $3.8 billion.
— The party says it would spend more than $10 billion over three years to “deliver a green and inclusive recovery from COVID.”
— About $1 billion a year would be saved by ending oil and gas subsidies and revenue would rise by increasing the carbon tax.
— The province would recognize the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, which says people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.
— Introduce equal pay legislation.
— Make prescription contraceptive products free for those under 25 and remove the PST on them.
— Allocate $300 million for a six-month rent subsidy program for small businesses.
— Promote neighbourhood car co-ops with insurance coverage and designated parking areas.
— Make BC Ferries a Crown corporation.
— Commit to make B.C. carbon neutral by 2045, which would match California.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 14, 2020.
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