Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Sask. Green Party platform pitches electoral reform, guaranteed income


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The Greens are also promising to reinstate the solar net metering system that the Saskatchewan Party pared back last year. They want to “reduce our reliance on coal immediately” and “endall exploration of oil and gas in Saskatchewan, including fracking.”

But the platform goes beyond the environment to broach education, health care and Indigenous issues. The Greens want to work toward tuition-free post-secondary education, integrate dental care into medicare and “launch research and feasibility studies to examine provincial pharmacare coverage.”

Hunter said medicare should also cover chiropractic and “alternate health” treatments, while better addressing the suicide crisis in the province’s north.

There is no information in the document about how much those proposals would cost. Hunter told the Leader-Post that more information will follow, but she did not commit to providing costing numbers. She called the platform released on Tuesday “a teaser” and suggested it would be more expensive not to invest.

“I have looked at how much it would cost not to institute” the Green Party policies, she said, when asked about costs.

“My clean energy recover plan would stimulate the economy in a way that has not been seen since the Great Depression,” Hunter added.

Hunter proposed that a guaranteed income, which would follow a committee report to study the issue, should be set at around $2,000 per month, like the federal CERB payments.

The Green Party is currently polling at about two per cent, according to a recent survey from Research Co. published this past weekend. Hunter said she hopes to get into the legislature, but would be happy to see the other parties adopt her ideas.

“I don’t care who gets the credit. Save the planet. Make sure we’ve get a liveable world for the kids,” she said. “I’m just going to sit back and feel like I succeeded this election if that happens.”

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