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Provincial Greens getting its share of coverage.

For a “minor party” that didn’t get invited to the debates, Frank De Jong and his Green Party are still getting ample coverage in the press. Here’s another story that starts off with the premise that the Greens are more then just about bicycle riding.

The thing is, if you look at the Ontario Greens, their platform would indicate they are not in the mold of a typical liberal/lefty based party;  this version of the Greens tend to emphasize “market solutions” over governmental controls to helping the environment, and if they had their way, they would completely do away with Catholic school board funding. De Jong would also not support building subsidized housing. On the other hand, they support a 10$ minimum wage, they want to bring welfare rates up to the poverty line, and they support a crackdown on employers who exploit temporary or contract workers.

It’s a very intriguing party platform, and as the article says, it was a shame he wasn’t included in the debate last week. People have a right to know about their views and stands.

2 comments to Provincial Greens getting its share of coverage.

  • I have to disagree a bit with Chris Tindal.  The GPO has a libertarian bent, more so than the federal party.  Frank De Jong, for who’s riding I was CFO until last month, openly considers himself and the party as growing from libertarian roots.

    As a result, some of the policies really need work. For example, the GPO argues that tax land values _only_, not including the value of the home or building on the land will create incentive for landlords to repair debilitated apartments because improvements to the property would not result in higher valuation leading to higher taxes.  That’s quite a leap.

    But that’s the entire policy, last I heard.

    One of my pet projects before I left the party was to repair the housing policy… oh well.

  • Thanks for bringing these ideas up Scott, and for the debate support.

    I wouldn’t quite characterize our "market solutions" as having a greater emphasis than government controls overall, it depends on the issue. In some situations, regulation is absolutely the necessary and right thing to do (for example, some toxins shouldn’t be in our food, period). In other cases, we recognize from a pragmatic point of view that it’s essential to harness the power of the market if we want to get anything done. That doesn’t mean accepting the status quo (far from it), but is rather an acknowledgment that you have to work with the tools you have.

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