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Leap Manifesto

As we, as humans, become more aware of the increasing apparentness of climate change impact on our economy, limited resources and infrastructures - it is clear that Canada as a whole cannot sit by and wait to feel the full brunt of impending climate change before taking action. Think of the Titanic analogy, the ship officers knew they were entering a field of icebergs but waited too late out of uncertainty in darkness, before trying to change the ship's course from the iceberg. Unfortunately, we know how that turned out. The Leap Manifesto itself, as I understand, was written by numerous stakeholders from all walk of life across Canada that addresses the social division, environmental deterioration (as well as tragedy of the commons) and economic fragility (e.g. layoff of workers due to global prices of oil) across Canada. Materials provided in conjunction with the Leap Manifesto also shown how to pay for all the recommendations by simply re-orienting our spending priorities (e.g. halting subsidies for big oil and gas). The theme of the Leap Manifesto? A green economy will lead to stable employments, strengthening social bonds, and hardened environmental protection. Let's pretend that climate change turns out to be a hoax, would that mean we would create a better country for nothing? http://healthculturesociety.wikispaces.com/file/view/Climate-Cartoon.jpg/270817436/Climate-Cartoon.jpg

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control Media Concentration

Media play an important role in controlling the flow of the information and the disinformation

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Promote and approve ONE upgraded bitumen pipeline by Eagle Spirits Energy ( Vancouver company).

Bitumen to tidewater at Prince Rupert https://www.behance.net/gallery/50145613/CANADA-A-RESOURCE-FULL-VISION. We need this access to the world market.. We only have ONE customer - the US..We need an Energy Corridor to reduce costs and enable a North West Canada energy grid for more efficiency in our Canadian Energy Strategy. Do this and we can support you and the NDP.

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An evidence based approach to criminal justice

Our national experiment in prisons as the default solution to injustice produces few positive results, despite the average cost to Canadian taxpayers of more than $100,000 per year per prisoner, At the same time, this system does disproportionate harm to racialized and indigenous communities, to low income Canadians, and to Canadians living with addictions. We should be using this money in smarter, evidence based ways in order to promote justice. To that end, I hope to see a shift in federal funding away from prisons and toward other, evidence based solutions that achieve the goals of justice, rehabilitation, etc, as well as a review of all drug prohibitions, mandatory minimum sentences, and disproportionate sentences, Such a review should be conducted with a broad contextual understanding of circumstances of crime, prejudices that inform criminalization, and overall impacts of the criminal justice system, I'm not sure whether a Royal Commission, a Special Committee, or some other task force would be most appropriate for such a sweeping review, However, if the plan is to "be bold", a piecemeal approach might not cut it.

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Responsible Government

http://www.environicsinstitute.org/uploads/institute-projects/canadian%20public%20opinion%20on%20governance%202016%20-%20final%20report%20-%20june%2017-2016.pdf While most Canadians see the federal government and politicians in a favourable light, there are still many who believe there needs to be more accountability. The public opinion poll at the top shows how Canadians see their federal government, and while it has improved in recent years, it's still not by any means great The NDP ought to strive to back this sentiment that our public leaders should be responsible to the people above all else, seeking to curb or eliminate corruption, apathy and outside influence (like business) in government. If the New Democratic Party wants the label as the party of the people then it should follow in the footsteps of great Canadian reformers like Louis Papineau, William Mackenzie and Joseph Howe. More than likely an uphill battle, if it means senatorial reform or abolishment, electoral reform, cutting back salaries and pensions for politicians and other bureaucrats, and getting money out of politics in general will not be popular among career politicians, but it will be with Canadians.

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