We deserve better
Jessa is running to be the next Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe to tackle the challenges facing Canadians and fight for a better future.
As the gap between the wealthiest and the rest of us continues to grow, it is essential to confront rising income inequality in Canada. Jessa is a tireless advocate for economic justice. She has campaigned with Fight for $15 and Fairness in York Region to advocate for liveable wages and fair workplaces in Ontario. Jessa is a passionate community organizer, a proud mom, and our candidate for Canada's NDP. She graduated from York University with an Honours B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in political science. Jessa lives with her family at Jackson's Point.
On the issues
Prosperity FOR THE WORKING CLASS
Everyone in Canada deserves economic growth and prosperity – not just a wealthy few..
Working people need the right to bargain collectively for better pay, benefits, and working conditions. I support the right to strike, and more importantly, I support the need for employers to bargain fairly. When unions are ordered back to work before a fair deal is reached, we are doing a disservice to all workers. You deserve better.
A better world is possible by adopting social responsibility criteria for companies recognizing their responsibility to employees, the environment, our community, and consumers. Now is the time to push back against precarious work, to push back against falling labour protections, and bad corporate management. Equal work demands equal pay. The federal government must set an example and lead the fight for working people across Canada by immediately raising the minimum wage for $15/hour, enact legislation that protects workers’ pensions, and ensures rights for contract and part-time employees.
PRogressive and Fair TAxation
Knocking on doors across York-Simcoe, the refrain is the same: “I pay too much in taxes.” The average working Canadian is unfairly taxed. Large corporations and the wealthiest among us do not pay their fair share of taxes. Not only have we failed to apply fair tax rates to those who can afford it, the Canadian Revenue Agency is already owed $34 billion in assessed taxes.
You deserve a progressive tax system that works for working families, for the middle class, and for the poor – not for large corporations that have enjoyed endless tax breaks under consecutive Liberal and Conservative governments. We will close loopholes and end the use of anonymous bearer bonds to fight tax evasion, something the Paradise Papers revealed to be rampant in Canada. Capital gains must be taxed at the same rate as salaries or wages. I will also work to reduce tax shelters and crackdown on money laundering. By achieve these goals, we can build a taxation system that works for all of us.
Pharmacare for all
People are going without key medications. Seniors are cutting their pills in half to extend prescriptions. It is unacceptable that 1-in-5 families cannot afford their monthly prescription medication, and face a difficult choice between food, rent, and medicine, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
Canada is one of the only nations with universal healthcare that does not cover essential medication. It's time for our country to live up to its ideals.
FIGHT FOR GREEN JOBS
The choice between jobs or climate is a false one. Rather than prop up the dangerous, decaying industries of the past, Canada can build the Economy of the Future by making a just transition to renewable energy that leaves no worker behind and provides good jobs for a new generation.
Only by becoming a leader in cutting edge green technologies, and ensuring transitional support for all those affected, will Canadians know true, lasting environmental and economic prosperity.
HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT
More than half – 52%* – of York-Simcoe residents are spending dangerous amounts of their income on their housing. That's the highest level in the GTHA.
We must act to immediately address this crisis with a national plan that focuses on social and co-operative housing and works with marginalized and indigenous communities to address housing needs for all of us. It's time for bold policies that recognize the right to adequate housing for all in Canada.
*2016 Canadian Census - StatsCan
We need to take serious, dedicated steps towards real reconciliation with all Indigenous peoples in Canada. That means respecting the land and water rights of Indigenous peoples, acknowledging the inherent right to self-government and rights established in treaties, and a commitment to true nation-to-nation relations. We must address the pervasive issues within the Canadian legal system that have contributed to the lack of justice surrounding missing and murdered Indigenous women, and the disproportionate rates of incarceration of Indigenous peoples. We must honour treaty rights to education for all Indigenous peoples, regardless of status, by addressing inadequate funding, removing funding caps and facilitating indigenous and decolonization in post-secondary institutions. Lastly, the federal government must answer the 94 Calls to Action given by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and Jordan’s Principle.