17 days 'til election – Answer to e-mail
Today I recieved some interesting questions from Shawn on e-mail and I thought I should share my response with you all. I would love to hear your opinion on these issues.
1. Legalisation of marijuana will benefit society in that money
currently funding gangs and organized crime, will go to legal business
and the production of marijuana will be regulated and taxed. Tobacco,
alcohol, gambling and marijuana all have negative affects on society
and I personally don't advocate smoking anything, but prohibition in
the 20's showed us that banning these types of drugs only leads to the
creation of bigger and better financed organized crime. I'm very
black and white on this issue that if marijuana is illegal, so should
2. If everyone worked a 35hr work week, more people would have jobs, the money would be divided more equally, and our market place would have to adjust prices down to accommodate less discretionary income per person. The same argument was used when the work week was reduced to not include Saturdays. Right now, even with the 40hr work week in place, very few people adhere to this rule. As a society, we have to realise the importance of spending time with our loved ones, relaxing, volunteering or simply enjoying our lives. If we work hard all of our lives just to ensure that our children have to work even harder, what's the point?
It is my hope that with a shorter work week, people will have time to get off of the endless spiral of consumerism and connect with the things that really are worth living for: family, friends and community.
3. Taxing companies that pollute is not an easy overnight shift. This
is something that has to be done gradually and with care. You are
right that by taxing inefficient companies, we may drive them out of
Canada, but we will make the companies that stay much more competitive as they will have to be on the leading edge of technology and science. Toyota will be the leading car manufacturer in North America very soon if it isn't already precisely because Japan has very strict regulations for efficiency. Enforcing energy and resource efficiency in Canada will simply mean that Canadian companies will maximize their production with minimal inputs which will mean stronger companies and a stronger economy.
The Green Party believes that the current model of endless growth for
the sake of future growth is unsustainable. Humans have to recognize
that we live on a planet with finite resources and we have to live
within the limits of these resources if we want to survive. The
economy only exists because of the resources supplied by our
environment. In protecting our environment, we will sustain our
economy for future generations.