Some readers will recall I joined the Green Party last year. And, no j/k, in a few years, I hope to run for office.
I was reading up on some of their policy statements. What do you think of this:
The Green Party of Canada believes that taxation policies should send a strong message about what we value as Canadians. Currently, many tax policies work at cross-purposes to stated policy goals. We claim to want to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions but we place very little monetary value on keeping the air we breathe and water we drink clean. Instead we tax things we say we want, such as employment and income, creating disincentives to maximizing social goods.
Green MPs will shift the burden of taxes to better reflect the priorities of Canadians:
- carbon taxes will encourage Canadians to leave their cars at home and use public transit, walk or bicycle; upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes; and adjust their consumption in favour of greener products. Carbon tax revenues will be used to provide incentives for home energy retrofits, subsidies for public transit infrastructure, and reductions in taxes on employment and other socially desireable goods
- a GST Health Benefit Reduction will be applied to those items deemed to have significant health benefit such as sports equipment, fitness centre fees, and some health promoting health services.
- Corporate Health Tax Reduction for workplaces that institute a qualified workplace health model or comprehensive healthy workplace settings approach such as that offered by the National Quality Institute
Readers: what do you think? To me, this is a no brainer. Do you agree or disagree?