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Read on below this graphic for a summary of Joyce's policies. To read Joyce's full policy platform, click here!
Experience: Liberal MP for Vancouver-Quadra, B.C. since 2008. Former B.C. MLA and Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection, and Minister of Management Services. Co-founder of Brinkman and Associates Reforestation Ltd.
Policy Platform: “Sustainable Society.”
Electoral cooperation and electoral reform: Murray would work cooperatively with other progressive parties in the 2015 federal election to defeat the Conservatives, and then institute electoral reform: a made-in-Canada electoral system that ensures fair, straightforward elections, provides more proportional representation of voter preferences, engages voters who have tuned out and encourages respectful, constructive conversation in Parliament. Read more: Opinion Editorial: Electoral Cooperation about Better Representation for Canadians.
Canadian Democracy Initiative: The office would combine the Foreign Affairs department’s existing democracy unit and fold in the Conservatives’ Office of Religious Freedom - which would be cancelled. It will lead Canada’s international democracy building projects abroad, with a central priority being supporting opportunities for women and girls. It will create a Youth Corps that would send young Canadians abroad to support democracy initiatives.
Carbon Pricing: To transition Canada to a clean energy economy and create good green jobs of today and tomorrow and for our youth, Murray favours introducing a carbon pricing system, setting comprehensive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and working with provinces to align provincial low-carbon strategies. She would create a Climate Action Secretariat and Advisory Council. She would rebuild Canada’s reputation as a global environmental leader and re-engage Canada in constructive negotiations toward a post-Kyoto international agreement to limit average temperature increase to a science-based maximum average warming of 2 degrees centigrade. She would appoint a Canada-U.S. climate envoy. She would lessen the impact of carbon pricing on businesses and individuals by lowering income taxes for lower and middle income families and offer training to small and medium-sized businesses on how to reduce their carbon footprint to help their bottom line.
Stewardship of our environment: Murray would review the Conservatives’ program cuts, changes to environmental legislation and make necessary amendments to ensure essential environmental protections.
Murray would implement the recommendations of the Cohen Commission on Sockeye Salmon. She would also restore funding to the Ozone and UV monitoring program, the Experimental Lakes Area, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, and other environmental areas recently cut by the government.
Research: Joyce would bolster innovation by reinvesting in Canada’s basic research capabilities, the underpinning of our ability to compete in the global marketplace. She would let our scientists share their findings in order to enhance innovation transfers between our publicly funded scientists and the private sector.
Digital economy: Murray would prioritize building a digital economy, by ensuring affordable broadband access for all Canadians; ensuring digital technology and skills for all Canadians (equipment accessibility, support digital literacy and skills); make Canada a leader in open government, to create a culture of digital innovation in Canada; improve internet and digital identity safeguards. No warrantless internet surveillance!
Seasonal jobs: Rescind the government’s recent EI program reforms that unfairly target seasonal workers and their employers. Review the cuts to Canada’s national historic sites, parks and marine conservation areas and reverse those decisions that undermine seasonal tourism and recreation jobs. Work with provinces, territories and municipalities to encourage diversification and creation of full-time, off-season and value-added jobs, and would partner with local industry and colleges on training and education to ensure a better match between skilled workers and local jobs. Expand high-speed internet access in all communities.
Carbon pricing: This key environmental policy of Joyce’s is also an economic policy. It will stimulate innovation and create good green jobs, particularly for our youth.
Supply Management: Murray supports supply management, which provides farmers with a reasonable income, and their communities with relative stability. She favours improving it rather than dismantling or replacing it.
Women’s advancement & participation in Canadian society: Require federal boards, commissions, agencies to have a minimum of 40 per cent of each gender on their boards of directors. Work with private sector to achieve 40 per cent minimum on boards of federally regulated businesses.
Other highlights from this policy: Create a voluntary Supplementary Canada Pension Plan to help Canadians without private sector pensions, including at-home parents, save for retirement. Reverse the planned delay in Old Age Security eligibility to 67, which hits single low-income women the hardest. Develop a national childcare and early childhood development strategy, in cooperation with the provinces. Ensure increased support for home care, often provided by women, for sick, disabled, elderly family members. Initiate a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
Health care: Return the federal government to the table with provinces/territories. Emphasize a preventative approach to our health care system to help its long term sustainability in the face of an aging population: Develop regulations to reduce trans fat and salt levels in food; promote/fund physical fitness and healthy eating programs; implement the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s national strategy to combat mental health problems and illness; increase research for scientific verification of alternative medicine products/services; reform Canada’s access to medicines regime to help people in developing countries access medications to treat/prevent illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.
Safe, Secure, Sustainable Food: Develop a comprehensive national food policy; ensure food safety; access to healthy foods by lower income/remote communities; increase vitality of our farms and food industry; add GMO content (genetically-modified) to labeling information.
Legalize, regulate, control and tax Cannabis: Reinvest tax revenues gained into the health care system with a special emphasis on addiction treatment, mental health and health promotion. Be smart on crime by taking profits away from the criminal element, stop wasting our police/justice resources, and make our streets safer.
Aboriginal Peoples: Joyce provided extensive, significant responses to the Aboriginal Peoples Commission Questionnaire. Highlights: Extensive experience in engaging with First Nations communities through reforestation business over two decades and as B.C. Environment Minister; Supports nation-to-nation negotiations to replace Indian Act; National Inquiry on missing/murdered Aboriginal women/girls; Close the gap on education funding levels for aboriginal students & improve graduation rates; Work with provinces to find ways of transferring resource rights to aboriginal communities; Access to clean running water in every home; Recognition of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as part of the customary international law to be recognized as a guiding document when creating law and policy in Canada.