The role of policy in a leadership race: The Green Party prides itself on having a member-driven policy process. At the same time, the leadership race is an important opportunity to discuss the policy direction of the party. The policies proposed here, which will be brought forward at the next general meeting for member approval, represent Dimitri's vision for how the party can live its values more completely in the political environment of 2020 and beyond.
The world of work has changed. Workers' rights, both individual and collective, have deteriorated; high-quality jobs have been replaced by precarious and part-time work with few benefits and no pensions; and large corporations prey on small businesses and workers.
Workers deserve a positive work environment, high wages, and freedom from discrimination. To rejuvenate workers' rights in Canada, we must address the following areas:
- Improving Bargaining Rights
- Raising Wages
- Democratizing Corporate Governance
- Improving Health and Safety
- Increasing the Social Relevance of the Economy
Justice and Police Reform
In theory, Canadians have equal rights. In practice, they do not. Our justice system is neither fair nor accessible. It works best for the economic and social elites who have access to money, and who are not burdened by systemic discrimination and biases.
Our criminal justice system suffers from systemic racism and prioritizes punishment over rehabilitation. Our civil justice system is unaffordable except to the very wealthy, with women most severaly affected. Government and private companies are using technology in ways that erode privacy and human rights.
Ultimately, our legal system does not fulfil the basic function of a justice system: to provide citizens with security, dignity and compassion. To create an equitable society, there are seven areas of reform we need to address:
- Police and Prosecution Reform
- Prison and Parole Reform
- Access to Justice
- Holding Corporations Accountable
- Reforming Judicial Appointments
- International Law
- CSIS, Surveillance, and Privacy
Other Public Positions
- March 23rd: Helping Canadians Pay for Essentials During COVID-19
- March 20th: Government Must Bail Out Oil Workers, not Oil Executives