(TORONTO) September 17, 2015 – Tommy Taylor, Green Party candidate Scarborough Southwest, and Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (Saanich – Gulf Islands), today unveiled the Green Party’s plan to create long-term, well-paying, and sustainable jobs for Canadians.
“With Canada stuck in its second recession under Stephen Harper’s watch, Canadians are realizing that the Conservative’s economic jobs plan simply isn’t working,” said Taylor. “Canada can’t pin all its hopes on the oil and gas sector; we need a new vision, one that includes the transition to clean energy. Canada can be a world leader in cleantech by working together.”
“We need to kick-start our economy to get out of the recession. Job creation in fighting climate change, modernizing our crumbling infrastructure and investing in those sectors that benefit from the low dollar can do it. Under the Conservatives, innovation and productivity have declined,” said Ms. May. “We need to build up the sectors of Canada’s economy, including manufacturing, tourism, value-added forest products, and cultural industries to create a long-term sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.”
To create sustainable jobs and boost Canada’s economy, the Green Party will:
- Create a National Sustainable Jobs Plan, including a $6.4 billion annual investment in infrastructure, and unleashing an army of carpenters, electricians, and contractors to improve building energy efficiency
- Work with Canada’s renewable energy sector to accelerate the construction of green infrastructure, ensuring a majority of Canada’s energy needs come from renewable sources by 2025
- Boost access to apprentice programs in key trades, including: electricity, plumbing, carpentry, pipefitting, and welding
- Create an annual $1 billion Green Technology Commercialization Grant and require all federal legislation to consider its impacts on small businesses.
“The growth of Victoria’s tech sector is a great example of how the combination of creative talent and entrepreneurial spirit can be an effective economic driver,” added Jo-Ann Roberts, Green Party candidate (Victoria). “The Green Party’s proposed Green Technology Commercialization Grants will contribute to a cleaner economy and environment and provide jobs close to home that keep incomes and profits in our community.”
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