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Niagara deserves a stronger, bolder, more compassionate leadership.

Let’s work together to bring Niagara FORWARD.

-Melanie Holm
 
Niagara Falls Green Party Candidate 2021

About Your Candidate

Melanie Holm has been nominated to lead the Green Party of Niagara Falls in the 2021 Federal Election.

Who is Melanie Holm?

Melanie lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and has been the Volunteer Coordinator for the Niagara Greens since 2018.  

Melanie grew up in the interior of B.C. and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from Thompson Rivers University in 2004 before moving to Vancouver for her Bachelor of Education at UBC. Melanie taught for several years before she and her husband moved to his hometown of Niagara Falls in 2010, where she worked in retail prior to having children.  

Melanie is passionate about supporting the local community and the people within it through various volunteer efforts and as an enthusiastic supporter of local artisans, events, and small businesses. She believes we all have a responsibility to protect our environment and that addressing climate change needs to be a greater priority to all levels of government.  

When Melanie isn’t talking about politics, you might find her reading, hiking, baking, or simply spending quality time with her family.  

This is our chance to...

This is our chance to take bold action on climate change. This is our chance to become leaders in green technology. This is our chance to choose a housing strategy for everyone. This is our chance to implement a Guaranteed Livable Income. This is our chance to build a better, stronger, more resilient community. Choose the party that recognizes we must do more to support our communities.

 

 

What Melanie stands for as your MP candidate:

Transitioning to a Green Economy

  • 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (below 2005 levels) by 2030, and net negative by 2050.

  • Cancel all new pipeline projects, and the Trans Mountain Pipeline

  • Cancel all new oil exploration projects

  • Ban fracking

  • End all subsidies to the fossil fuel industry

  • Phase out oil and gas

  • Ensure companies are held responsible for cleaning up and restoring land

  • Support workers and communities with the Just Transitions Act

  • Replace fossil fuel jobs with high paying green sector jobs

  • Incentivize green investments and the creation of green jobs

  • Develop a renewable energy electricity grid and a national coast-to-coast energy corridor

  • Implement a national green retrofit of existing residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings

  • Update the national building codes to require all new construction and major renovations meet net zero standards by 2030

  • Ensure access to zero carbon public transportation

  • Expand cycling and walking infrastructure (this contributes to more livable communities also)

  • Ban further development of nuclear power

  • Create an independent, scientific, non-partisan, diverse Climate Council to advise the government on the development and implementation of it’s climate change policies

  • Provide universal access to safe, inclusive, and accessible green and public spaces

  • Protect and restore biodiversity and ecosystems, including restoring buffer zones around wetlands and waterways

  • Modernize the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

  • Protect oceans and fresh water

  • Invest in scientific research

 

Housing is a Right

  • Declare housing affordability and homelessness a national emergency

  • Redefine “affordable housing” using a formula that accounts for regional variations

  • Appoint a Minister of Housing to oversee the implementation of the housing strategy, and collaboration with provinces and municipalities

  • Create national standards to establish rent and vacancy controls

  • Strengthen legislation to limit foreign investment and end predatory practices in residential real estate

  • Reinvest in affordable, non-profit, cooperative, and supportive housing

    • Invest in the construction of 50,000 affordable housing units over 10 years

    • Build and acquire a minimum of 300,000 units of deeply affordable non-market, co-op and non-profit housing over 10 years

    • Restore quality, energy efficient options for seniors, people with special needs and low-income families

    • Increase access to housing for people with disabilities

  • Guided by First Nations, Inuit and Metis Nations, develop inclusive and culturally appropriate urban Indigenous housing strategies and reinvest in housing for indigenous communities

  • Provide expanded mental health services for the homeless community

 

Guaranteed Livable Income

  • Comprehensive – covers everyone regardless of situation, including precarious workers, people with disabilities, seniors, the underemployed and the homeless.

  • Reduces administration costs associated with running multiple separate programs

  • Payment would be based on regional “livable” levels.

  • Benefit decreases as other income increases, but unlike welfare, would not discourage work.

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