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It may now be possible to genetically modify bryophytes and lichens to enhance pedogenesis. Relates to the work that members of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) do. The point is - is this a safe and desirable thing to do?

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Postal Bank

We need an alternative to the big banks who are sucking us dry. It will also make a profit (a very modest one I suggest) and save us money. It will also help the postal service.

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Every single issue here depends on how our governments are elected, and we need reform

We won't be able to accomplish any of our goals - on the environment, on income inequality, on hunger and poverty - until we fix our electoral system, so that Canadians can finally vote for what we stand for instead of simply against what they fear. If we don't fix this, Canada will continue to drift towards a two-party system, like what we see in the United States.

Every time we are told at the door "I'd love to vote NDP, but I have to vote Liberal to stop the Conservatives" it's not because we're not sufficiently progressive, or are short on inspiring ideas. It's because our electoral system is fundamentally broken. Canadians are manipulated into "strategic voting", instead of holding the Liberals and Conservatives accountable. Without reform, what hope do we have of convincing Canadians to believe a social democratic future for Canada is possible. That's not what a democratic country looks like!

Until we accomplish reform, we can't say the outcome of elections are a true reflection of what Canadians believe, as much a reflection of which corporate-backed party was able to manipulate their fears. This isn't just a special interest issue, or an issue just for political junkies. We're talking about the fate of our democracy! We're talking about whether or not Canadians should be able to elect their governments based on their hopes and dreams for the future. That's more important than just one more campaign plank. It's too important to be relegated to the back pages of our platform. This has to be the top priority for an NDP government, and it must be an issue we refuse to let go by the wayside in the next election!

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My top priority is to secure proportional representation for Canada.

We live in a so-called democracy where most votes are ineffective because votes that were cast for losing candidates or for candidates who would have won anyway do not actually elect anyone. This is fundamental. There can be no accountability worth its salt if most votes are ineffective. There can be no voter equality - no fairness or inclusion - because some voters count more than others.

This is an issue worth campaigning on, because a lot of people are angry that the Liberals broke their promise on electoral reform. In the recent five by-election, only one NDP candidate made a big issue of electoral reform - Emilie Taman in Ottawa-Vanier - and she was the only one to increase her vote share over 2015. Her share of the vote increased from 19% to 29%. If Ottawa-Vanier was not such a safe riding for the Liberals, the electoral reform issue might well have delivered this seat for the NDP. The NDP needs to make a bit issue of PR in 2019 and should be keeping the Liberals' feet to the fire on PR until then.

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Interest on the debt is almost $25 billion

It restricts the fiscal room causing deficits & prevents us from getting the programmes we want. If the Bank of Canada held the debt the interest would be returned to the government.

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