Economic Justice

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

The Green party adheres to a ecosocialist vision of society. It includes quality services for the entire population while protecting the environment. We are very concerned about rising inequalities and recognize the need to build an egalitarian society.

MINIMUM WAGE - 15$/HOUR

The Green Party of Quebec supports the rapid increase of minimum wage to attain 15$/h by the spring of 2019. This increase would be combined with an update of  the labour laws, to prohibit employers from cutting employees benefits to finance the increase in wages. The minimum wage would be indexed to inflation after spring 2019.

MINIMUN GARANTEED REVENU- ERADICATE POVERTY IN QUÉBEC

The Green Party proposes to implement a guaranteed minimum revenu of 1200$ per month to assure no quebecers are still living in poverty. This amount would be increased for people who suffer from a physical handicap or a disease. The measure would eventually replace the social-welfare program. All residents would be admissible without any restraints. There would be a 600$ work exemption for people who wish to work part-time, while still having access t0 the program.

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES - WORKING HOURS REDUCTION

In Quebec and everywhere around the world, new technology reduces the needs of human work-force in the private and public sector. As productivity increases, companies produce even more. Artificial intelligence will accelerate this phenomenon and, as a society, we need to make an important choice. Are we going to use the technological advances as a mean to produce more goods, or are we going to take this opportunity to reduce working hours?

Studies show that a reduction in working hours increases productivity, which is a big economical advantage for companies. Furthermore, stress levels, days off due to sickness and burnouts have a tendency to diminish once the number of hours is reduced. Unemployment rates will also decrease and citizens will have more time to participate in community events, take care of themselves and their family while diminishing their ecological impact.

The Green Party wishes to reduce the weekly working hours to attain 32 hours in 2022.

To comply with the newly established rules, companies will have to maintain weekly salaries at the same rate as they would for employees who would be working 40h per week.

The Green Party is part of a global movement that is working towards reducing working hours and increase the well-being of the population. Quebec’s population is getting older, and it is important to ensure that everyone has the right amount of time to take care of their family. It is also important to give the time to people to invest themselves in their communities and enjoy life.

RIGHT TO BE DISCONNECTED

We believe that reducing the hours needs to be combined with the right to be disconnected. This measure, already in place in many countries, would help to fight against professional exhaustion, and would help citizens to enjoy fully their time off.

HISTORY OF WEEKLY WORKING HOURS IN QUEBEC

Historically, weekly working hours have been decreasing since 1976. Nonetheless, this tendency has reversed in the recent past. The Green Party would like to diminish to 32h in 2022.  

1976 : 45 hours

1st April 1980 - 30 September 1996 : 44 hours

1st  October 1997 : 43 hours

1st  October 1998 : 42 hours

1st  October 1999 : 41 hours

1st  October 2000 until today: 40 hours

RIGHT TO BE DISCONNECTED

We believe that reducing the hours needs to be combined with the right to be disconnected. This measure, already in place in many countries, would help to fight against professional exhaustion, and would help citizens to enjoy fully their time off.

RIGHT TO LODGING AND SOCIAL LODGING

The Green Party of Quebec supports the idea of building 50 000 units of social lodging every year. We believe that every citizen has the right to affordable secure and sanitary lodging. We also support a reform of tenants rights to guarantee that owners have the obligation to keep the units in a good state at every moment. We are also against ghettoisation, we wish not to see those lodging units concentrated in a particular area. We also need to use the construction of the social lodging units to help homeless people.  

WORK AND IMMIGRATION

The Green Party of Quebec would like to integrate and facilitate the access to jobs for immigrants. Subsidies for companies would be linked the respect of hiring quotas for immigrants or racial groups. This measure would be applied in regions where we find higher proportions of immigrants (Greater Montreal Area). SMEs would have to respect the quotas or made an effort to respect the rate.  

ESTABLISH A NEW WEALTH INDEX

The Green Party would like to use a new way to measure wealth. It would combine the Green GDP, Human Development Index (HDI) Social Health Index and the environmental footprint. It would allow a greater comprehension of the wealth in the province.

VOLUNTEERING RECOGNITION

We propose that cultural, environmental or social economy non-profit organisation should be able to give a tax credit receipt for social involvement. It would promote and encourage volunteering. It would also help to fill the growing needs of the sector and would also offer a great economical advantage for the province.

MODIFY ELECTRICITY TARIFFS TO MAKE THEM SUSTAINABLE AND EQUAL

At the moment, the big consumers of electricity in Quebec very little for electricity, in fact they pay less than regular consumers. This situation needs to be addressed. Hydro-Quebec belongs to the people of Quebec, not to the giants of the private sector. The Green Party of Quebec would like to offer a basic amount of free electricity to every citizen, and only charge when consumption is superior to that quantity. This policy would discourage overconsumption while helping to reduce the fiscal burden for residential consumers. For companies that use lots of electricity, tariffs would be raised significantly.  

LOTTERY

Reduce the amount of sales location and lottery machines.

FIGHT FOR RENEGOTIATION OF TRADE AGREEMENTS

Trade agreements have pros and cons. Globalization has many harmful effects on the environment. In particular, GHG associated with transports of merchandise over long distances. The Green Party of Quebec supports the renegotiation of many of those trade agreements to protect local businesses, circular economy, local alimentation and the environmental realities of our era. We also encourage practices that support ethical trade. Political and economical issues need to be treated together. Consequently, governments need to respect their values when they are trading.

ADJUST FINES TO THE REVENU OF THE OFFENDER

In many countries like Finland, fines are adapted to the revenu of the offender. This measure brings equality to a system that punishes harshly the low income people at the moment.  In this system, the fine to be paid would be in the form of the revenu for a certain number of days, depending on the infraction. This policy would help to reduce the inequalities of our justice system that is often biais.

Green Party of Quebec