A guaranteed annual income, free bus fare and a carbon tax.
The Manitoba Green Party released their platform today in Wolseley, outlining their vision should they do the impossible and form government in two weeks.
Leader James Beddome says his party will focus on the environment with things like the carbon tax and cutting down on greenhouse gases but he says they won’t forget about the economy either.
“That’s going to create a ton of jobs. We better insulate people’s houses, we get more electric vehicles out there, we invest in mass transit, all of those things create jobs.”
Beddome says voters might be surprised at what his party is offering.
“The environment and the economy aren’t separate. If people take a look at our fiscal prudence, our commitment to moving towards balanced budgets….I think we’re a party that can be many things to many people.”
At the heart of the platform is the guaranteed annual income promise, to help Manitobans living in poverty.
Beddome says it will be paid for by replacing a number of existing tax credits.
“So for a single individual, it would start at about $6300 dollars and they receive a benefit up to about $40,000 dollars.”
He says as people start making more money, their benefit would be reduced.
Beddome has also promised to make bus fare free. He says it would cost less than people think.
“Let’s make mass transit free. It sounds like a crazy idea but it’s not. It wouldn’t cost a significant amount of money. Maybe $60-70 million to do it in Winnipeg.”
The Greens have never held a seat in the Manitoba Legislature. Beddome is running against NDP Education Minister James Allum in Fort Garry-Riverview.
You can read the full Green Party platform below.