The Voice of the Greens in Burnaby-New Westminster

This blog is meant to keep you up-to-date on Scott's Green Party campaign in the 2006 Canadian election in Burnaby-New Westminster. We want to start a dialog with the voters so that your voice can be heard.

Friday, December 30, 2005

24 days 'til election - Official Candidate and Social Justice

Whew! Just made it as an Official Candidate so you can look forward to seeing my name on the ballot Jan. 23rd. There is a lot for me to learn about running a campaign for federal office, but the most important thing I've learnt is that you can't do it alone. So here's a big thanks to all my family, friends and volunteers who made it all happen; I really couldn't have done it without you ..... uh, maybe I should save the big speech until after the election.

I also had to say goodbye to my Dad, Stepmom and their little girl Faith today. After a filling chow down at IHOP we sent them back to Saskatchewan to grow more wheat so we can eat more pancakes. Dad, Tracy thank you for coming all this way for Christmas and for all your help and support.

Now that the thanks are out of my system, I'll give you all a little treat with my take on Social Justice.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

A segue from yesterday's discussion: We are all on this little blue planet together, why don't we treat each other as if we are of the same family? If we all trace our ancestors back far enough, we are all related to one another... let's act like it. My friend and Official Agent Gord once said that the world would be a much better place if everyone treated the other humans on the planet as if they were kin; we wouldn't let our brother starve, or our sister be homeless. Gord was also the first to admit that these noble ideas are very easy to say and much more difficult to put into practice.

This is where good government can step in and provide structure and support to these lofty ideals, by ensuring that all people's right to adequate food, clothing and shelter are met; by providing educational opportunities and venues in which each individual can contribute value to their communities. A future society that provides all peoples is what a Green government will work to build. One of the policies that are being discussed right now are providing a minimum income by which every person can find food, shelter and clothing.

The Green Party is also committed to social justice as it relates to same-sex marriage. If elected, I would not support any proposals to repeal the Supreme Court of Canada's decision on this issue. Strong communities and strong families are built on the foundation of marriage and the government should not impose any barriers to any two people who are willing to commit themselves to a loving relationship.

It wasn't that long ago that our neighbors to the south had a formal law against two people of different races entering into marriage. Do we want to be as short-sited as those who fought against mixing the races? Or do we want to lead the Americas into an era of open-mindedness and inclusion as we did with the underground railroad?

The choice is yours.

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