Bill Crumplin says when it comes to the rights for women in Canada, the Green Party has a platform that will make Canada a more equitable place for women.
“During the Green Party's candidate vetting process, I was asked if I am pro-choice,” said Crumplin, the party’s Sudbury riding candidate. “In fact, every Green candidate was asked this question in order to be approved by the party to run. I indicated that I am pro-choice. It was the easiest answer I've been asked to give during this election.”
The Green platform, he said, champions pay equity, aims to implement a better early childhood education system, and a better model for parental and maternity leave.
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Not giving up one inch on women’s issues, Bill Crumplin
(SUDBURY) Sudbury's Green candidate Bill Crumplin says that Green Party leader Elizabeth May made it very clear during last night’s televised leader's debate when she said that Greens “will never allow a single inch of retreat from the hard-earned rights of women in this country. Not one inch.”
“During the Green Party's candidate vetting process, I was asked if I am pro-choice,” says Crumplin. “In fact, every Green candidate was asked this question in order to be approved by the party to run. I indicated that I am pro-choice. It was the easiest answer I've been asked to give during this election.”
“The Green Party has a rock-solid platform that will make Canada a more equitable place for women, and a better place to raise a family,” says Crumplin.” We will champion equal pay. And we'll implement an early learning child care initiative based on Quebec's successful child care and maternity/parental leave model.”
“We'll also initiate electoral reform, to dial down the partisan toxicity that's invaded our politics and parliament,” says Crumplin. “Electoral reform will force MPs to work together collaboratively. Many nations that have moved away from the archaic First-Past-the-Post electoral system have seen the number of women participating in politics increase significantly. Fair Vote Canada has long identified electoral reform as a means of empowering women in politics and parliaments.”
Other Green Party policy initiatives included in the Green Party's fully-costed platform include plans for a guaranteed liveable income and Pharmacare for all Canadians, and dental care for low income people.
“These progressive initiatives will improve the health and happiness of all Canadians,” says Crumplin. “The Green Party has shown that Canada can afford these bold initiatives while balancing the budget. We're the only party running in this election with a fully-costed platform that's been evaluated by the parliamentary budget officer. Other parties might be making similar promises, but they have no idea how they'll pay for them.”
Other major components of the Green’s platform include developing a comprehensive Canada-wide plan for action to eliminate violence to women and children.
“The Green Party will implement the recommendations from the final report produced by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls,” says Crumplin. “Greens will invest $40 million over 4 years to create over 2,100 new and renovated spaces in first-stage shelters and hundreds more in transition housing to help women and families in crisis.”