“Not only is it the moral thing to do, it’s the most practical. Don’t ever let anyone say: ‘we can’t afford that.’, when in actuality we can’t afford not to!” – states Naomi Hunter, Saskatchewan Green Party Leader.
The Green Party took the lead advocating for this years ago. Now it stands with a growing Guaranteed Income movement here in Canada and around the world. “We’ve had this before on the prairies ‘And for five years, poverty was on the run, in Dauphin, Manitoba with the UBI Pilot Project there”, reminds Hunter.
If elected, the Saskatchewan Green Party will immediately establish a Guaranteed Provincial Income for all who need it, regardless of what the federal government has to offer. The dual challenges of a resurging pandemic and ongoing climate change demand we support our most vulnerable.
Guaranteeing a livable income is cheaper than paying for the symptoms of poverty. It will:
*strengthen families and communities by directly supporting our caregivers and volunteers *allow for greater choice in the work we do and where we do it *provide a safety net for continued education or re-training *cover the basics like food and shelter
“In just the last week Moe’s government has attacked the poor by threatening to clawback CERB income from welfare receipts, took a lawful Indigenous activist to court (Tristen Durocher), delayed full Covid-19 funding for schools. The callous, backwards mind-set of this SaskParty government is frankly shameful. It’s time for a premier who will lead with empathy and compassion”, states Hunter
FAIL Education Minister Gord Wyant doesn’t do homework, presents no plan to teachers.
“This back to normal, non-plan by Moe and Wyant is quite frankly, reckless. All of Saskatchewan is endangered by it”, says Saskatchewan Green Party Leader, Naomi Hunter. “Parents are scared. Our schools are underfunded. Now, in the middle of a pandemic the best our Premier can offer is to keep washing our hands? I am appalled.”
Prior to the pandemic, teachers were already ringing the bell on large class sizes and inadequate student supports. The system needs additional funds, and teachers and parents need a real plan.
We call on Premier Moe and his Education Minister to commit to “best practices”. This includes a phased in approach to opening schools, limited class sizes, mandatory masks and a comprehensive distance learning option. In addition, we need more paid sick days, expanded covid-19 testing, and PPE.
“Our phones are lighting up across the province as teachers and parents struggle to come to terms with a government that just doesn’t get it.” proclaims Hunter. “I’m a Mom, and have teachers for friends. We know kids can’t be expected to keep socially distant in the best of scenarios. How does this government expect them to in a class of 30?”
The Saskatchewan Green Party stands immediately ready to work with all parties across the province to put health and safety first. “This is no time to be conservative, we must be compassionate and act on the best science. We owe it to our kids” Hunter urges.
ENVIRONMENT MINISTER DUSTIN DUNCAN DENIES SASKATCHEWAN A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE WITH CREATION OF NUCLEAR SECRETARIAT.
“The Greens want the focus back on solar, wind and geothermal. Duncan’s government scrapped the best solar incentive plan In the country and are focusing on SMR’s (small nukes) that don’t even exist yet, and will take 10 years to implement.” declares Naomi Hunter, Leader of the Saskatchewand Green Party. “Investing millions of dollars and years of precious time in nuclear fantasies is stealing from our children’s future. As so-called fiscal conservatives, they should be ashamed.”
“I wonder if Duncan hates solar panels, or just the science?” Hunter muses. “A solar spill requires sunscreen and a hat, but we can’t hide from nuclear waste accidents. »
The radioactive dangers from mining, shipment, energy production, weapons and waste have left a permanent legacy of contamination and death. “After nearly 80 years, there isn’t even safe disposal, yet our Environment Minister wants to expand the uranium industry. This is unacceptable,” Hunter states. “We call on Premier Moe and Environment Minister Duncan to scrap the nuclear secretariat and re-invest in truly clean and sustainable energy NOW!”
Regina, Saskatchewan – The Saskatchewan Green Party (SGP) is demanding Premier Moe speak out forcefully in condemning the racist attack on a 15 year old that happened recently in a public park in Saskatoon.
Leader of the SGP Naomi Hunter states, “I am shocked to hear nothing from the Premier since this horrible racist incident occurred. Dead Silence. Is our Premier only concerned with getting Chinese investment into Saskatchewan but cares not a wit when a Chinese-Canadian teen is attacked in the province?”
The SGP is very concerned that members of the public are getting the wrong message when this and many other racist incidents towards Asians are occurring while our provincial government does nothing to condemn them.
“Our province should not only speak out against these racist attacks but should go further and work with local support groups and national ones (like Act2EndRacism) to rally all citizens To Be Kinder to everyone,” says Naomi Hunter.
In order to properly document these incidents of racism and related intolerance towards people of Asian descent, as well as other People of Colour and Indigenous peoples, the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) has launched an online reporting tool: www.covidracism.ca. The tool is part of the “Empowering, Engaging, and Equipping Canadians to Combat Anti-Asian Racism” project funded by Canadian Heritage. Other partners of the project are: Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice, Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, and Civic Engagement Network.
The result of the reporting tool will be analysed and released later this year, and will form part of our recommendations for policy change to address the underlying structural and systemic racism in the long run. At the press conference yesterday, CCNC Toronto provided some preliminary data showing 138 reported incidents. Individuals are encouraged to share the reporting tool with their networks.
Voters have their chance to speak out by casting a ballot for a Green Party government on Monday, October 26, 2020.
Our province is on the cusp of incredible opportunity. The world is transitioning to a carbon free future and we are well positioned to benefit and prosper. The coming changes may be inevitable, but they do not have to be painful. With the right leader, we can have a fair and just transition. But, without a bold direction that understands the coming changes, our province will fall behind and our people will suffer. We are working tirelessly to avoid that possibility. The Saskatchewan Green Party understands where the changes are going and we are committed to leading our province into a new future with caring and fairness.
In Saskatchewan we pioneered the introduction of single-payer public healthcare. The low cost and administrative efficiencies of public health insurance in combination with the humanity of recognizing the universal need for medicine meant our innovation was adopted across Canada and stands an international beacon to those who believe in the obligation to care for our neighbour. The corporate entities and insurance companies who previously benefited from the misery of illness fought change, and lost. We won. Those same entities have since transitioned to the current profit centres of the healthcare industry: vision, dental, and pharmaceuticals. In the face of corporate opposition to fair public medical coverage for eyeglasses, teeth cleaning, and cancer treatment, we can win again.
Our province was settled by negotiated treaties, but the social understanding that meant a home for everybody and enough food on everybody’s plates has been lost. Our people are suffering from high property values that have brought prosperity for a few and hardship for many. Yet by any indicator from the world’s elite financial institutions we are living in one of the monetarily wealthiest societies to ever grace this planet. Money is like the fertilizer we use on our farms and gardens; if spread around evenly we reap its bounty, but if piled in one place it stinks. We must make our wealth work for all. Full participation in society requires that every person have access to a universal basic income to meet their basic physical needs and to make their best possible contribution to our province. We recognize that everybody contributes in different ways and that we all win by empowering each other; we are dedicated to that vision.
We are the land of living skies. The sun and wind paint a daily tableau that inspires our people that so often work alone in the open air to make a better life for themselves and their families. Our sunny days have made us Canada’s breadbasket; the emergence of solar energy will make us the nation’s powerhouse. A fair transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy means supporting every person who wants to invest in solar power, and it also means supporting the transition for workers and communities whose jobs rely on legacy technology. We have a provincial history of self-reliance; we are hardworking and capable people who can get the job done given the right tools and training. Let’s allow our people to get to work.
Our plan for the province is straightforward and based on fundamental values of justice and sustainability. There is no reason in a prosperous 21st century that our people should have teeth extracted for lack of dental coverage or should have to choose between paying for groceries or rent. The solar industry in the sunniest province should not be laying off workers, it should be expanding to meet our children’s needs. Our province needs bold, decisive leadership to make a fair transition happen. With your help, it will.
Saskatchewan Green Party
Naomi Hunter demands respect for legal election dates
March 5, 2020
NAOMI HUNTER DEMANDS RESPECT FOR LEGAL ELECTION DATES
REGINA – Naomi Hunter and the Green Party are demanding that Scott Moe respect Saskatchewan’s election date legislation and to commit to holding the next provincial vote as scheduled on October 26.
According to Hunter, “Scott Moe’s use of the corona virus as an excuse for calling an early election is poor governance and poor science. A provincial political campaign will create the precise vectors the Corona virus needs to spread.”
“Instead of politicizing a worrisome disease pandemic, the Premier should focus on tackling climate change and promoting green jobs.”
For more information please contact Naomi Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at: 306-561-8880
Saskatchewan Green Party Executive members, From left to right, Neil Sinclair, Naomi Hunter, Ryan Koltalo, Dave Abbey. Joining by speakerphone, Maria Lewans, Delanie Passer, Billy Patterson, David Walther, Evangeline Godron, Sara Piotrofsky, Nancy Carswell. Excellent monthly meeting. FacebookSaskGreenParty