When the Liberals won more seats than any other party, but not a majority, the PCs and NDP MPPs used a little-known rule of parliament and decided to nominate and vote for the 1 elected Green Party MPP as the leader of the parliament - the Premier. They stated "By starting from an ecological systems-thinking perspective, the Green Party transcends the left-right split".
The Green Party was not surprised. "We are more PC than the PCs, more NDP than the NDP, and more Liberal than the Liberals: we create the conditions whereby profit-minded businesses help to achieve healthy, diverse communities."
Dalton McGuinty, shocked but not dismayed, said "I am once again Leader of the Opposition, but unless I argue for 'Grey' thinking against 'Green', I have nothing to oppose. I couldn't be more pleased."
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Who votes for Green?
"I do" say disillusioned Tories, impatient NDPs, frustrated Liberals, and people who used to say 'None of the Above'.
By addressing issues from an ecological perspective, Greens deliver a healthy society, economy and environment. "In searching for a practical solution that embraces the best of the Tory business focus, the Liberal support for diversity and personal freedom and the NDP's commitment to community values, I joined the Green Party." - Neil Spiegel, Parkdale-High Park Green Party Candidate.
More Liberal than the Liberals:
The Liberals' support is a kilometre wide and an inch deep. They try to capture the niche of the norm, the average, by adopting policies that satisfy different segments of the population, despite the fact that their policies are self-conflicting. It is not efficient to dig a ditch only to fill it back up, and it is not efficient to pursue a grey economy and then pay more for health care and crime-control and education and lost productivity because people are alienated and dispirited, since they know their way of life is destroying the possibility of healthy life. As Frank de Jong, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, says: "You can't have healthy people on a sick planet." The Liberals try to add-on the environment to their policies; the Green Party, by being founded upon an integrated understanding of economic/environmental systems, is able to achieve the Liberal goals of personal dignity and diversity without incurring the conflicts inherent in the Liberal program.
More Tory than the Tories:
The Tories hope to achieve a revolution in common sense such that people see their possibilities and response-abilities.
The Tories claim to be pro-free market, but by freezing electricity prices they hinder the development of the electricity market, delaying the introduction of ecological energy, plus they are financing this price freeze by subsidizing the electricity suppliers - so the price freeze reduces incentives to conserve, and what consumers save by the reduced price is then paid by taxpayers.
The Tories claim to be making government accountable, but they reject proportional representation and support the current 'first-past-the-post' electoral system, in which 58% of eligible voters in BC did not want the Liberals, but the Liberals still got 98% of the seats. (70% of eligible voters voted, 60% of those voted for the Liberals, so 42% of eligible voters voted for the Liberals.)
The Tories claim to be business-savvy, but they are running the education system like a dictatorship. They aren't even implementing the Rozanski report - even though they hand-picked this right-wing consultant. They are ignoring not only the people with direct knowledge (the teachers, principals, school boards, students and parents), their ideology blinds them even to evidence from thorough studies performed by people with their own political values. Students will be inspired to learn if they think they can contribute to the creation of a beautiful world, not if they think they must violate their values and take pride in the quantity of widgets they sell.
The Tories are closely aligned with The Fraser Institute, a right-wing think tank, but the Tories are not implementing The Fraser Institute's Free Market Solutions to Environmental Problems.
Whether you are rich or poor, the Tories put money into your front pocket only to take more out from your back pocket - some directly, some indirectly - now or in the future, by creating environmental, social and educational deficits.
More NDP than the NDP:
The NDP want to balance an industrial economy and an ecological economy. If your foundation is social justice, you:
* tax-and-spend and command-and-control,
* support command-and-control legislation, which requires enforcement (police, courts)
* are blinded by ideology so you miss ecological solutions.
If you try to 'balance' priorities you end up with a compromised structure which inevitably collapses.
If your foundation is ecology, your problems in health care, education, and the economy (including economic/social justice) are all solved. In an ecological society, poverty does not exist: through gardening (www.IntelligibleEcosystems.com), improv theatre (www.imagiscape.ca/improv) and imagination (www.PragmaticPoetry.com), we have rich lives regardless of constraints. And we love life, and know that creating is much more satisfying than consuming, so we work from each according to ability, because work is love made manifest, so poverty does not exist. Education: instead of seeing learning as something that is done in a classroom, we bring inquisitiveness into nature; everything anyone needs to know for any profession can be learned by studying natural systems.
Why don't the NDP address the Green Tax Shift? If they don't think it's a good idea, they would reject it. They don't embrace it or reject it because it's beyond the way they think. The NDP claim to work for the public good, but they woo the auto industry to develop plants here, when an eco-efficiency revolution would create thousands of net new jobs. Industry can be re-tooled to work for the benefit of healthy air, water, soil, food, people....
The traditional parties all had significance when they began, but for the 21st century the issue is not left vs right but grey vs green. The role of government is to create the conditions wherein freedom (whether via the market or community collaborations) produces healthy social outcomes:
*Green Tax Shift
Shift taxes away from corporate and personal incomes onto resources. This will create jobs, reduce pollution and conserve resources for future generations.
*Tax 'Bads', not Goods
Tax what you want to discourage and don't tax things you want to encourage.
*True Cost Accounting
We must include the true social and environmental costs in all goods. This can be implemented easily and objectively by taxing the raw resources - final goods will reflect those costs. For example, goods produced from intermediate goods will reflect the costs absorbed from the intermediate goods' sources (raw resources), plus the cost of the electricity required to process the items yet further.
*Oppose corporate welfare.
No taxpayer bailout of failing industries such as garbage incinerators and nuclear power plants.
These ideas are primarily ideas I heard expressed by Frank de Jong, the Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, and Neil Spiegel, the candidate for Parkdale-High Park. I'm sure they express these ideas better than I have done, but I was so impressed that I had to come out of the closet and argue for my values.
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