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People

Our Green Vision recognizes the power of people to mobilize in making real changes, to overcome social barriers and improve the health of everyone – from youth to seniors and everyone in between.

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People Powered Change

Each of us has a role to play in building a strong Ontario. We are more than just taxpayers. We are individuals, family members, part of our community — we are citizens.

Look around you, in your community, neighbourhood, town, city, region. In every place around our province, people are creating positive change making their communities stronger, more compassionate and sustainable.

We watch as the big three entrenched parties fail to solve the challenges we face in Ontario each day. Their talk is about accountability to us as taxpayers, forgetting our shared desire as citizens to build a vibrant province where every person is given the opportunity to thrive.

This province can and must do better. We are in a moment of transformative change – let’s seize that moment and make changes that will benefit us all now and for generations to come.

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Support the health care system

The Green Party of Ontario believes in a publicly funded health care system accountable to the public, focused on people’s needs.

Our vision seeks to make sure that access to health care is available when you need it, that it supports keeping us in good health, and that public health policy development considers the social determinants of health.

In short, we believe in a people-centred approach to health.

We take a comprehensive view of health care by using smart investments to improve our current system, making health promotion and early intervention a top priority, improving the care available to Ontario’s changing demographics and ensuring sufficient resources are allocated to mental health.

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 The Green Vision to support the health care system is to:

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Address the Mental Health and Addictions Crisis

The government’s failure to address growing mental health needs in Ontario is unacceptable.

Thousands of Ontarians are caught between long wait times for publicly funded therapists and the high cost for access to private ones. Children and youth transitioning to the adult mental health systems experience especially long wait times of up to 18 months for access to mental health services.

Over 12,000 young people are waiting desperately for access to long-term or intensive mental-health therapy. According to Children’s Mental Health Ontario, “As many as one in five children and youth in Ontario will experience some form of mental health problem. But five out of six of those kids will not receive the treatment they need.”

We need to get serious on funding mental health and addictions programs and improve access across the board.

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The Green Party’s vision is to:

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Make Housing More Affordable and Available

The dream of owning a home is getting further and further out of reach for many people. Young people in particular are hit hard by rising prices for buyers and renters.

Housing represents the single biggest investment most Canadian families will ever make. We need to address housing affordability to provide stability and security for both individuals and the economy as a whole.

A re-think of rules is in order. Secondary suites, laneway housing, “tiny houses” and adding more mid-rise development can support human scale intensification in well thought out and inclusive communities.

The housing crisis is a complex problem that requires creative solutions. Those solutions should start with what works for people, not for speculators and developers.

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The Green Party’s vision is to:

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Address Social Inequality and Institutional Discrimination

We recognize that discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, and class directly influences economic opportunity through a complex set of institutional effects within families, schools, and places of employment.

Addressing systemic racism and discrimination and advancing equality in our institutions in this province is long overdue.

There are many capable voices leading the discussion on these social justice issues in Ontario. We believe that our role is not to create solutions to these problems, but to amplify the voices of our allies and bring their proposals to the forefront of provincial political discussions.

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The Green Party’s vision is to:

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Honour Indigenous Rights

We must recognize that in building this country and province, treaties were broken, land was taken unceded, and Indigenous rights were violated. The Canadian Government’s policies of assimilation through programs like Residential Schools and Sixties Scoops have had terrible repercussions for generations of people.

We believe the time for meaningful action towards reconciliation is now. The government has a legal responsibility to consult with and to work with Indigenous communities – with full partnership, participation, and respect – to make sure everyone in Ontario has access to high quality health care, education, and economic opportunities.

Our vision seeks to acknowledge the reality of Ontario’s Indigenous people, including understanding that centuries of broken promises from the province and Canada have made building trust in moving ahead difficult.

The GPO supports the right of Indigenous peoples to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising their rights. We also recognize that most Indigenous people in Ontario live off-reserve and in urban areas, and recognize the unique needs of Indigenous communities.

Time, resources and political will must be brought to bear, so that Ontario can build a better relationship with Indigenous people.

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The Green Vision to Honour Indigenous rights:

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Improve our democracy - put people first

We need a government that respects and engages citizens and communities; a government committed to building partnerships with communities to develop sensible solutions, instead of imposing top-down bureaucratic solutions. It’s time for more democracy, not less.

The current voting system needs reform. We are using an antiquated and inefficient way of casting our votes. Our current system of ‘first past the post’ means that politicians are being elected, sometimes with 35% of the votes cast in their favour.

It is not democratic for a party to receive less than 40% of the vote and yet have 100% of the power in the Legislature, which happens in most provincial elections. In the 2014 provincial election, only 52% of eligible Ontarians filled out a ballot. In fact, in provincial elections, Ontario is lagging far below the national average.

This needs to change. We can vote for what we believe in with tried and true systems. It’s time for ranked ballots for municipal elections, and proportional representation provincially.

We need to move to make politicians more accountable: local decision making in the public interest is essential to a vibrant democracy. We need to have checks and balances to ensure that all public officials are held to high ethical standards, including implementing principles of open government that lead to fairness and transparency.

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The Green Vision to improve democracy:

Explore the rest of our Green Vision for People Powered Change in Ontario.

Our goal is to build on the work people like you are already doing in your community, working to make positive change, overcoming social barriers and improving the health of each other and our planet.

Working together, we can build a future for our province that is good for us now and for generations to come.