The Green Party released its platform Wednesday, supporting the legalization of marijuana and looking into whether prostitution should be legal.
“The Green Party differs from the old parties in that we don’t cater to special interests,” party leader Adriane Carr said. “Our platform focuses on protecting the public interest, including keeping public assets like BC’s forest lands, BC Hydro and BC ferries in public hands.
“A top priority is wisely investing in people, especially our children. We believe that increasing funding for public education, K to 12 and post-secondary, is the best investment that government can make.”
The platform is outlined in a 57-page “Green Book,” and includes:
* Removing junk food and corporate advertising from public schools.
* Re-establishing the offices of the Human Rights Commissioner and the Child, Youth, and Family Advocate.
* Replace the Ministry of Air, Water, and Land Protection with a Ministry of Environment and Conservation that would increase B.C.’s parks system.
* Re-establish BC Ferries as a Crown Corporation.
* Repeal the $6 an hour training wage.
* Change the B.C. Human Rights Code to make clean drinking water, clean air, and safe food fundamental and guaranteed rights.
The party plans to pay for its green book initiatives with “taxes that make sense:” getting more from publicly-owned resources like trees and natural gas, and shifting taxes to reduce burdens on economic activities the part, says are beneficial to society, and increasing taxes on activities like pollution, gambling, and junk food.