COVID has created a dramatically different world. Yet our government is still building pipelines, still supporting wealth hoarding and inequality, still denying Indigenous communities clean drinking water, and still stalling on critical investments in affordable housing and pharmacare.
We can’t emerge from this pandemic stuck with a system that exploits the vulnerable and rewards the corrupt. We can’t give up our dream of a Canada that truly works for everyone.
Here are 10 Bold Ideas for Canadians to consider.
Indigenous Nations across the country have been forcibly displaced and disconnected from their traditional lands. Crown lands need to be returned and Indigenous jurisdiction needs to be restored to Indigenous Nations.
Canada’s top billionaires are $37 billion richer since the start of the pandemic, but they won't be paying their fair share for our country's recovery. By adding an inheritance tax on estates over $5 million, a 1% tax on wealth over $10 million, and a 100% tax on wealth above $1 billion, we could fund vital public services and improve the health of our communities.
(ACTUALLY) FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
We have less than nine years to maintain a chance of limiting global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but hope isn't lost. It's time for a Green New Deal that offers a sustainable future for the next generations. We need to set emissions reduction targets to at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030, and zero emissions by 2050.
BUILD THE HOUSING WE NEED
1.6 million Canadian families can't afford the basic housing they need, and the costs of both renting and home ownership continue to skyrocket. We can take this opportunity build 160,000 units of affordable & green housing (coops, social housing and affordable rental) annually for the next ten years.
A ROADMAP TO CLOSE FOOD BANKS
Food banks aren't a solution to hunger - they are a means for governments to bypass the right to food in Canada by downloading the responsibility to charities. Instead of funnelling into food charity, we need a strategy to elevate Canadians out of poverty once and for all.
DEFUND THE RCMP
The RCMP was founded as a colonial and racist institution. Its annual budget is roughly $3.5 billion. The bulk of these funds should be reinvested in community-led alternatives to community policing and social services, like housing and mental health care for all.
LEGALIZE AND REGULATE DRUGS
To save lives and combat the illegal drug market we need to change our approach to this public health issue. Those who use drugs should not be punished. They should have access to the support if they need it.
PUBLIC SERVICES FOR EVERYONE
Millions of Canadians can’t afford the basics. It’s time for public ownership of telecom and pharma in this country. Canada should provide free transit and public education. Quality of life for Canadians should always be the bottom line.
STATUS FOR ALL
Most migrants arriving in Canada do not have full resident status, meaning they are denied full access to basic services like education and healthcare, despite paying for them through taxes. All migrants need a pathway to permanent residency.