Social justice

Social justice is one of the six principles of the Green Party of Canada.  In short, it means “Be fair”.

We assert that the key to social justice is the equitable distribution of social and natural resources, both locally and globally, to meet basic human needs unconditionally, and to ensure that all citizens have full opportunities for personal and social development.

We declare that there is no social justice without environmental justice, and no environmental justice without social justice.

This requires

  • a just organization of the world and a stable world economy which will close the widening gap between rich and poor, both within and between countries; balance the flow of resources from South to North; and lift the burden of debt on poor countries which prevents their development
  • the eradication of poverty, as an ethical, social, economic, and ecological imperative
  • the elimination of illiteracy
  • a new vision of citizenship built on equal rights for all individuals regardless of gender, race, age, religion, class, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, disability, wealth or health.

2 responses to “Social justice”

  1. Timothy B writes:

    Thank you for drawing my attention to the Green Party’s principles. I had donated and voted green in the past couple of elections.

    I had not noticed that your princples require “a new vision of citizenship”.

    I find this requirement disconcerting because the existing vision of citizenship already guarantees all citizens equal rights before the law. There are certain equality rights in the Charter that you have re-listed and added two – wealth and health.

    Why has the Green party added in wealth to the concept of rights? Has the Green Party abopted socialist platform? Without further explaination I will be reluctant to vote and donate again.

  2. Charlie Halpern-Hamu writes:

    This quote is from the Global Greens Charter. It’s not a recent change These words were written in April, 2001, when 800 delegates from the Green parties of 72 countries met in Canberra, Australia.

    The text calls simply for equality before the law. It does not call for equal wealth nor does it call for equal health. It says that rich and poor people should have equal rights, and healthy and sick people should have equal rights:

    “equal rights for all … regardless of … wealth or health”

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