In advance of the Federal Election 2019, PIFS is working to bring visibility to the electorate, and through them to politicians and Federal parties, of interconnecting injustices and inequalities, with the ultimate goal of contributing to sustainable and equitable solutions. Recognizing that unless all of us are free, none of us are, we are focusing on areas from a wide-range of fields which may appear disparate or disconnected. However, PIFS understands that ongoing systemic problems contribute to one another, and our manifesto seeks to encourage intersectional problem-solving across the plethora of current issues.
WORKING POLICY POSITIONS
Organized into five key sections (Foundational, Representation, Health, Accessing Services, and Education) we cover the gamut of issues facing Canadians going into the 2019 Federal election. We are continuing to refine our positions, and we anticipate modifications. We welcome feedback.
Find the full manifesto here. Keep reading for a snapshot of things we’re asking for:
FOUNDATIONAL: will the next party (or parties) forming government commit to seeking intersectional solutions? This means conceiving of solutions which take into account the interconnecting impacts of legislative decisions on the needs and lives of Canadians.
REPRESENTATION: for a sustainable and functional democracy, it is vital that all members of a society are represented. Canada’s federal legislature is not delivering on this. The next party (or parties) elected to form government must commit to making more robust the pathways to leadership so women, gender nonconforming folx and anyone from an underrepresented or marginalized community have an equal chance at being part of the legislative body.
HEALTH: mental health care is underfunded and under resourced nationwide. This shortfall in both support and social capital affects Canadians from all walks of life: survivors of sexual assault to folx with alcohol and drug dependencies; refugees and immigrants to prairie farmers; Indigenous people to military veterans. People of all classes, and with all kinds of lived experiences: many intersecting. The next party (or parties) forming government must commit to a robust and expansive mental health program, including provisions for public awareness campaigning.
ACCESSING SERVICES: anyone in Canada should be readily able to contact and liaise with the federal government. That hours of operation often only serve east coast time zones, and specifically Ottawa business practises, is no longer acceptable. The next federal government should enact policy which recognizes time and labour differences particular to provinces and communities with emphasis on understanding the different social and systemic prioritizations of all Canadians.
EDUCATION: the proliferation of misinformation is damaging the collective knowledge and understanding of Canadians, and impacts our collective abilities to conceive of and implement well-considered and sustainable solutions to the grave issues we’re facing. Will the next party (or parties) forming government commit to expanding the purview of the current election watchdog to become a permanent and transparent agency?
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