Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Campaign Update: Ryan Meili

Ryan's Website: LINK

Gender Equality: LINK

Continuing along with the latest developments, Ryan Meili's campaign has brought forward a throwback to the past as a means of developing policy future. In a general call for discussion and contribution, Ryan has reposted his campaign's approach to the environment and gender equality and asked members and readers to contribute their ideas on these two ideas.

For a refresher, Ryan's approach to environmental policy from 2009 was as follows: creating a floating royalty rate to ensure a fair return on resources, while using profits to invest in environmental stewardship and renewable energy. Bold investment in renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydro) as opposed to current development (coal, natural gas, nuclear), with the aim of preserving scarce resources for future generations. Reduce energy needs by investing in conservation, supporting retrofits for older buildings while also stressing and encouraging new building methods to promote energy efficiency. Finally, an investment in rail, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian traffic ways, and high-efficiency vehicles.

So far, as of posting, the reminder has prompted at least one person to endorse Ryan's call for more rail development in Saskatchewan.

As for the gender equality page; the bulk of it contains a much lengthier policy statement from 2009. Rather than attempt to summarize it, and risk missing anything, I'd recommend those interested to follow the link at the top of the post.

However, there are 3 key areas mentioned at the end of the policy statement that I will include here. The first is a call for pay equality, and for Saskatchewan to fall in line with other provinces and adopt legislation that advocates equal pay, not just for women, but for all people (people of colour, those with disabilities, Aboriginal people, and so on.)

The second is a call for child care, which makes use of the Quebec example. But in addition to increased child care, Ryan adds a call to make it easier for families to have one parent who works within the home and and thus able to look after their family.

Finally, Ryan addresses education. From lowering tuition to providing on campus day care and modifying student loan regulations to reflect different education schedules.

Ryan also takes the time to address equality in general, stating that the overall goal is not only to focus just on women but on any and all who can be considered outside of the 'majority' (term used very loosely). This includes a call for us to do better with addressing problems of homophobia  and more general inclusion in society.

Again, as all of this is from Ryan's 2009 campaign, it will be interesting to see what changes in the current campaign. The involvement of people through Ryan's site is likely going to be the largest factor in determining any major changes to his previous approaches; but given that Ryan's first run at the leadership was firmly routed in the social justice circle (and I'd imagine a good many of his supporters feel the same way), I don't know whether we'll see any monumental changes to the policies as they stand now; not that that is a bad thing.

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