TAKE ACTION! Motion for a Green New Deal

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NDP MP Peter Julian, just announced he’s submitted a motion for a Green New Deal. This motion, M-1, is the first motion filed by any MP elected into the 43rd parliament.

Today we are celebrating yet another victory for our movement. One of the Green New Deal champions we helped elect in October, MP Peter Julian, just announced he’s submitted a motion for a Green New Deal. This motion, M-1, is the first motion filed by any MP elected into the 43rd parliament. This is all thanks to the incredible organizing efforts of young people, who made sure the climate crisis and Green New Deal were top issues in the election.

Motion M-1 lays the foundation for the 43rd Parliament to begin building the bold, ambitious Green New Deal that we’ve been fighting for. But we need to act quickly to make sure that it receives the attention it deserves.

MPs can speak directly to this motion everytime they table petitions in support of it. That’s why we need people across Canada to gather petition signatures in support of M-1 and deliver them to MP offices across the country. We’ve prepared a toolkit that makes it easy to go through all the steps. Click here to download it.

If this year has shown us anything, it is that people across the country are ready for Canada to take bold and transformative action to dramatically reduce emissions and tackle rising inequality.

That means our elected leaders need to reject dirty fossil fuel projects, like the TransMountain pipeline and the Teck Frontier Mine, and begin building a made-in-Canada Green New Deal that upholds Indigenous rights, centers racial and migrant justice, and creates millions of decent jobs for all. Help keep up the momentum for a Green New Deal in the House of Commons and gather petition signatures to deliver to your Member of Parliament.

Young people, like myself, made sure this was the climate election. We worked tirelessly to elect Green New Deal Champions like MP Peter Julian. And we’re not going anywhere. In the new year, we have big plans to ensure that the House of Commons adopts this motion and goes even further to pass Green New Deal legislation.

Onwards,

Mari, organizer with Our Time Vancouver

PS – Each Member of Parliament only needs to receive 25 petition signatures in support of a Green New Deal in order to speak to M-1 in Parliament. That means you could take action as easily as circulating a petition at your office holiday party or a family dinner. Download the toolkit here to get started!

POLL: Over two-thirds of Canadians back a wealth tax

Rising inequality is often ignored by neoliberal politicians focusing on profit and growth while social concerns are often not on the political radar.

Support is steady across demographic, regional and even party lines

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A new poll conducted by Abacus Data on behalf of advocacy group North 99, and provided exclusively to Ricochet Media, shows that the newfound appetite for a wealth tax in the United States has spread north of the border.

A wealth tax, championed by U.S. politicians like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, would levy an additional tax on the assets of the super rich. Unlike policies such as a new top marginal tax rate that have also been floated by Ocasio-Cortez and others, a wealth tax would apply not only to income but to all assets.

67 per cent of all Canadians support or somewhat support a wealth tax

The poll of 2,000 Canadians was weighted to reflect census data and tested the proposal of a two per cent wealth tax on individuals with assets over $50 million, payable annually.

It found a staggering 67 per cent of all Canadians support or somewhat support the proposal. Only 14 per cent were opposed or somewhat opposed, while 17 per cent were unsure or felt they didn’t have enough information to respond.

“There is a real appetite, a real demand among voters across the political spectrum for bold, progressive policies”

What we see here,” explained Taylor Scollon, co-director of North 99, “is that policies that politicians are not necessarily talking about, that we don’t hear a lot about, to address rising inequality and lack of opportunity for workers, for the middle class, are quite popular. But they are just not present in the discourse right now.

These ideas are being talked about a lot more in the U.S., Elizabeth Warren has put out a similar proposal, but these are policies that Canadians support too.” MORE

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