Leap Manifesto Consultation

Leap Manifesto Consultation

 

The NDG-Westmount riding association is undertaking a consultation of its members regarding the Leap Manifesto. Members are encouraged to contribute to this online forum and participate in one or more (depending on interest) meetings to be scheduled in the coming months by providing their thoughts on:

 

  • Alignment with current NDP policy
  • Feasibility of  an economy based on 100% renewables
  • A ban on pipelines and phasing out oil production
  • Indigenous people, housing, social policy and infrastructure
  • Financing

 

Background information about the Leap Manifesto and Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions can be found below.


 

History

The Leap Manifesto was released in September 2015 in the midst of the federal election campaign as a nonpartisan political and social initiative. During the lead-up to the NDP convention in April 2016, several riding associations drafted resolutions urging the party to adopt the manifesto as part of its policy. Resolution 2-5-16 encourages riding associations to discuss the manifesto and suggest modifications as part of a pre-convention policy process leading up to the 2018 convention.

The Leap Manifesto

The Leap Manifesto asserts that:

●    Canada’s record on climate change is a crime against humanity’s future;
●    A shift from fossil fuels to 100% of electricity generation from renewables within 20 years and a completely green economy by 2050 is technically possible;
●    Austerity is a fossilized form of thinking and “public scarcity” is  a manufactured crisis.

The manifesto calls for:
●    No new infrastructure projects including pipelines;
●    High speed rail and public transit powered by renewables;
●    Universal program to build energy-efficient home and retrofit existing housing;
●    Training for workers in carbon-intensive industries to assist in the transition to a low-carbon economy and expanding existing low-carbon sectors of the economy, such as caregiving, teaching, social work, the arts and public-interest media
●    An end to all trade deals “that interfere with our attempts to rebuild local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extractive projects.”
●    Financing through an end to fossil fuel subsidies, financial transaction taxes, increased resource royalties, higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy, progressive carbon tax, and cuts military spending

Some Facts about Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Canada is responsible for 1.6% of global GHG emissions:

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Nevertheless, Canada is one of the world’s highest per-capita emitters:

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Canada’s GHG emissions by economic sector (2014):

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The oil and gas sector accounts for about 0.5% of global GHG emissions.

 

Canada’s GHG trends including Paris agreement:

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  • Greetings all, I have mentioned before that I find many class biases in the Leap; the word ‘manufacturing’ for example, does not appear in the text. Hence the long line of manufacturing and other worker unions (auto, aviation, oil, forestry) in the micro lineup at Edmonton 2016 to wonder (verb toned down) how they fit in to this vision. "Don’t worry, you will be retrained! " is as far as solutions go. We do not know how many jobs are created in new industries, by definition. Truck-driving, a basic employer, could even disappear in coming decades. Across the border, we have seen what a disenfranchised working class can do when they see no political options. Leap seems blind to this perspective.
  • The comparison between the NDP’s policy book and the leap manifesto shows that most elements of the manifesto are already covered by existing NDP policy. It looks like the major difference is the manifesto’s rejection of new fossil energy infrastructure (ie pipelines)…which the NDP policy book is silent on. Neither document provides specific proposals on how to achieve policy goals.

    Given that virtually all elements of the manifesto are already part of NDP policy it seems that the debate on leap is a huge distraction for the NDP. I would prefer to see the NDP’s energy directed towards developing specific platform proposals for implementation of existing NDP policy – particularly in terms of a low-carbon economy.
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