Canada professes a deep commitment to equality and multiculturalism and is committed, under its Charter of Human Rights and in international law, to fulfill these commitments. Despite that, neoliberal policies of recent decades, and the pandemic, set back historic struggles for equality, freedom and respect. They increased economic inequality and poverty and worsened discrimination, exclusion and backlash facing equity seeking groups – women, racialized Canadians, 2SLGBTQIA+, the old, the young, migrants and mentally ill and differently abled people. Affirmative action that does not tackle the underlying causes of the disadvantages equity seeking groups suffer only entrenches them.
The Green Party under Dimitri commits itself to a radically deep and wide transformation that reaches all. It encompasses:
● economic management that eliminates poverty and radically reduces inequality; representation of equity seeking groups in all important political, social and cultural institutions;
● the public, free and accessible provision of social services by skilled personnel trained, inter alia, in anti-discrimination;
● expanding data collection capacity to support evidence-based policy and performance monitoring;
● legal reform to strengthen anti-discrimination;
● strategies to end violence and intimidation in all forms and venues
● expanding knowledge of the contributions, roles and struggles of equity seeking groups in the educational system and in our culture; and
● an egalitarian, non-discriminatory and green recovery from the pandemic.
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Full background document on our equity platform, Towards the Socially Just Society. (23 pages)