(GuelphToday asked each of the federal candidates to provide a brief bio and platform statement)
Juanita is a book addict (collector, reader, and literacy supporter), and a lover of karaoke. She loves all of the Guelph communities she is connected to and is often surprised that all the people she knows don't all know each other.
The Communist Party of Canada is focusing on three main priorities in this election:
Jobs, Wages and Living Standards
Communists have long been working towards better living standards for working class people, a stronger safety net, better labour standards and so on. We fight racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. because we see how they are used as tools to divide the working class. We would like to see a better work/life balance, and a less precarious society. We would build one million units of social housing, which provides homes and jobs, and expand social programs. We would nationalize GM and build an affordable electric car and mass public transit.
Peace and Disarmament
This has also long been part of our work. Towards these ends, we would cut the military budget by 75%, get out of NATO and NORAD, and sign the treaty to abolish nuclear weapons. We fully support BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) on Israel.
Climate Change and Climate Injustice
We have been working hard to develop better policies around the crises we are facing related to climate change. Our policy to nationalize energy and natural resources will also benefit the environment. We would develop solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and other renewables, without the drive for profit that corporations have, but with the aim of supplying the energy we need in the best possible, most sustainable way.
Please check out our website (votecommunist.com) for more details about all of the ways we support the working class. We hope you see how all of our policies work to support our three priorities.
One of those in particular has aspects of all three priorities, and it doesn't seem to be on the radar of other parties. We think it's long past time to develop a new agreement with all the peoples of this country. Towards that end, we would recognize the right of nations to self-determination, up to and including secession, and draft a new Constitution based on an equal, voluntary partnership of Indigenous peoples, Quebec, Acadians, and English-speaking Canada. It would include just settlement of Indigenous land claims, enacting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (including the right to veto development), enacting the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry.