Economic Rights

A) Poverty Elimination

In order to overcome systemic barriers to full participation in economic life, or to access adequate means of support, a Green government would undertake to eliminate poverty by providing a Basic Income Guarantee (or Annual Guaranteed Income) to ensure that the needs of individuals, families, and seniors are met adequately, fairly and without stigma. The BIG would be calculated using Statistics Canada’s “low-income cut- off” or their “market basket” estimate for New Brunswick, and take into consideration existing government transfers and deductions. The BIG would be indexed to the cost of living. It would replace current provincial social welfare system and eventually be expanded according to the willingness of a future federal government to coordinate and simplify income support programs through a single federal/provincial program.

A Green government would also:

  • address the need for financial assistance within other social programs such as childcare and education without financially penalizing recipients of social assistance for accessing these additional social programs; and

  • restore progressivity to the income tax structure to reflect differing abilities to contribute to funding public services and the relatively greater ecological footprint of high income/consumptive lifestyles.

B ) Early Childhood Intervention

A Green government would:

  • strengthen Early Intervention & Family Resource Programs;

  • provide new parents with access to a nurse/social worker/life coach to provide initial and, if necessary, ongoing support, from pre-birth through to kindergarten; and

  • provide community-based family-oriented programs and resources, including mobile services in rural areas, which would include parenting training and resources on childhood education, nutrition, and health.

c) Affordable Housing

Affordable, efficient housing for everyone is a central element of self-reliant, sustainable communities. A Green government would:

  • support a systems approach to addressing homelessness by providing homeless people with housing quickly and then providing other services as needed and, in collaboration with all levels of government, landlords, and non-profit and private sector partners, implement a provincial strategy to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for all;

  • carry out the ecological construction of new social housing units and increase the number of portable rent subsidies, ensuring that a fair number of these meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities;

  • facilitate the establishment of community land trusts using municipal and other public lands, donated lands, or lands purchased for purpose of establishing land trusts, making it available for affordable housing;

  • develop a comprehensive public housing program that includes cooperative and non-profit community housing aligned with LEED housing standards/certification; and

  • remove regulatory and jurisdictional barriers, both provincially and municipally, to the development of affordable housing.

Our Principles

>Living within Our Ecological Means

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Local Self-Reliance

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Real Democracy

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Social Justice and Equality

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Active Citizenship

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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