Green Party offers alternativeJanuary 20, 2015
Both the federal and provincial Conservative parties constantly criticize the provincial Liberal government for its spending and budget, trying to give the illusion to engaged citizens that a Conservative government is the only fiscally responsible option. Barry Devolin’s annual budget for his constituency offices is $327,620 (Parliament of Canada website). Laurie Scott spent $274,423 on office expenses in 2014 (Legislative Assembly of Ontario website). Does this sound “fiscally responsible” to your readers? Does it really cost that much to run an office? Or is it money well spent on calendars or communications that could easily be sent in an already distributed local paper? Elizabeth May, leader of The Green Party and MP posted her office and travel expenses at $23,684 for the year (Elizabeth May MP website) and she lives on the other side of the country! Don’t be fooled, there are alternatives. Fiscally responsible alternatives that care for more than just the elite! The Green Party of Canada tables an extensive, smart budget that cares for all of Canada’s citizens and the environment.
Julia Taylor, President
Association of the Green Party of Canada