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CITIZEN RIGHTS ACTION PARTY
WHAT WE BELIEVE
INDEPENDENCE for the 3 Western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, following a referendum in each province. This will allow westerners to decide to stop sending billions of dollars yearly for Ontario and Quebec.
PROPERTY RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO OWN ARMS,will be enshrined in a Charter of Fundamental Freedoms. We believe that everyone should be allowed to protect themselves and those they love, as well as their property.
NO SPECIAL RIGHTS OR STATUS for persons based on race, ethnic origin, sexual preference, or so-called refugee status.
DEATH PENALTYto be provided for serious crimes, whether by males or females, such as for drug trafficking, multiple murder, repeat drunk driving, sexual perverts, serious sexual attacks, armed robbery, as well as criminal negligence resulting in serious injury or death.
PENALTIES FOR CRIMES are to be appropriate, with presentations by victims to be seriously considered by Courts. White collar criminals must make complete restitution to all their victims as a condition for release from prison. Otherwise, additional hard time is to be added to sentences.
PAROLE BOARDS will consist of local residents of the community where the crimes occurred. Victims are to be encouraged to provide Impact Statements in person at all parole hearings. Should a parolee offend while on parole, then those Parole Board members approving the parole are to pay to the Government at least $50,000.00 EACH, up to the total costs of recovering and prosecuting the errant parolee. Further, should a serious crime be committed while on parole, in addition to the fines mentioned, those Parole Board members approving the parole will themselves be arrested, and imprisoned as accomplices to the crimes. It is felt that Parole Board members must accept responsibility for their actions.
JUSTICE is of serious concern to all good citizens. Consequently, we feel that judges should be appointed by the government for only up to 5 year terms. They would only be re-appointed if they receive the approval of at least 75% of all government members.
TAXATION will be severely limited. By law, the Government MUST HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET at all times. DEFICITS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. Only essential services will be provided by Government, thereby keeping taxes to a minimum. If other services are requested by the public, at least a 75% majority of all voters in a referendum will be required for additional expenditure, with resulting increase in taxes.
INCOME TAXES would be kept to a minimum, and would be based on a fair sliding scale, the same for everyone. Personal deductions would be allowed for the size of the family, court approved maintenance and alimony payments, tuition fees, donations, and excess medical costs only. For fairness, recipients of maintenance and alimony will of course pay tax on their income the same as everyone else.
CORPORATION INCOME TAXES would be based on a flat rate low tax rate for all businesses. This will encourage businesses to make more profits in Western Canada.
FOREIGN OWNED LAND, BUILDINGS, AND BUSINESSES will be taxed at rates triple that for resident citizens of Canada West. This will encourage locally owned businesses.
LAND can only be owned by resident citizens of Canada West. This will prevent foreign control of our country, as well as of its' natural resources.
QUALITY EDUCATION is to be provided for grades 1 to grade 12. Teachers are to be examined and graded annually, to ensure that a high standard of excellence is the norm. Parents would be given annual vouchers, permitting them to select the schools best meeting their personal standards of teaching.
ADVANCED EDUCATIONwill support loans and grants to competent students. Advanced education facilities will be self-supporting. They will have to meet the standards and expectations of their students, and will obviously have to operate in an efficient businesslike manner. Students will then have complete control of their education, since they will have to pay the full costs. Hopefully, the students will choose only those courses resulting in employment after graduation. We oppose taxpayer funding for useless courses, whether pseudo-scientific, or politically correct.
HEALTH CARE is considered to be a basic right, for basic coverage. It is not the responsibility for taxpayer-funded Health Care to pay for your own lifestyle choices. HEALTH CARE WILL NOT PAY, for example, for abortions (except when related to incest), drug related treatment, AIDS for homosexuals treatments since this is a lifestyle choice, alcoholism related treatment, smoking related diseases treatment, sports related injuries treatment, or cosmetic surgery.
IMMIGRATION will be strictly regulated. Only persons useful to the economy of Western Canada will be admitted. Criminals, so-called economic refugees, those unable to support themselves, those with AIDS, and those expected to be a drain on the taxpayers will not be admitted. Sponsors of immigrants will be required to deposit a substantial cash bond with the Government for 10 years, to cover any costs should the sponsored immigrant ever become a cost to taxpayers. In fact, those costing taxpayers while not yet a citizen should be deported to their country of origin.
NO SPECIAL STATUS FOR ANYONE whether so-called native, metis, French, so-called refugee, or homosexual or lesbian. All normal human beings will all have the same rights, and responsibilities.
WELFARE is considered to be a privilege, and only a right for those genuinely deserving and needy. Included as those worthy of consideration would be some senior citizens, victims of a natural disaster, victims of crime, as well as those suffering from certain debilitating diseases and permanently disabled. Employable persons under age 65 would not receive cash if they did not otherwise qualify, but may be given food vouchers or similar. Some may even be provided with one-way bus tickets to another community, even out of Western Canada. It is felt that persons should first get assistance from those with whom they are familiar, such as relatives, friends, neighbours, and if welfare is necessary from the taxpayers, then work for welfare is a reasonable situation, and a means of encouraging personal self-reliance.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE will not exist as a form of Government welfare. Individuals will be able to make their own personal choice, as to whether to obtain personal income insurance, through free enterprise companies. Personal lifestyle choices will openly discourage those who feel that they are owed a living, as parasites, from the state.
BILINGUALISM & MULTICULTURALISM will not be supported financially at taxpayer expense. Canada West is an English speaking country. Groups wishing to support their own cultures and/or languages may do so by obtaining funds from their supporters.
ARTS & CULTURE are deemed to be personal in nature, since individuals should be free to make their own choices in their tastes for arts and culture. GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT FINANCIALLY SUPPORT ARTS & CULTURE. Proponents should obtain funding from those who wish to support them.
SPORTS are deemed to be free enterprise businesses and as such WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT. Those wishing to support sports groups are free to do so, without burdening taxpayers.
MORALITY will be based on the Judeo-Christian philosophy, which is similar to that of the world's major religions and philosophies. No special rights are to be allowed for perverts and deviants. FAMILIES are recognised only if a couple consists of a properly legally married male and female, in the traditional family format.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH & FREEDOM OF THE PRESS are guaranteed, provided that no offence relating to pornography, sexual deviation, criminal offences or other acts prohibited by law are thereby committed. Thoughtful consideration of alternative philosophies is to be encouraged, within the above reasonable parameters.
REFERENDUM & RECALL will be constitutionally guaranteed, so that you will always have absolute control over the persons you elected. Changes in laws affecting any rights, or affecting taxes of any sort will require a 75% majority in a referendum to implement a new law, or change to an existing law affecting rights or taxes.
An elected member of the government can be recalled by his constituents, if 50% plus 1 in number of those eligible to vote in his/her constituency feel that their member no longer represents their wishes.
A TWO PART LEGISLATURE with the Commons to be elected by population, with the same approximate number of voters per constituency.
The Senate will be elected by region, and will be equal per region. Senators would only sit for a maximum of 2 terms, of 5 years.
NO PENSIONS WILL BE GIVEN FOR ANY ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT, WHETHER COMMONS OR SENATE.
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