“The Liberals and Kathleen Wynne had 15 years, and instead of making life better, they made cuts in our hospitals and they sold off Hydro One. … and Doug Ford is planning to do even more damage.,” – Andrea Horwath
A News Release from Ontario’s New Democratic Party
Posted April 30th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
A Brief Foreword from NAL reporter publisher Doug Draper –
There is a much better choice for voters in this Ontario election that Wynne and Ford. Her name is Andrea Horwath.
Contrary to impressions we may have from reading stories about Ontario’s upcoming June 7th provincial election in the mainstream media, this isn’t just a choice between the Liberal’s Kathleen Wynne and Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford.
There is the Green Party and there is also the NDP and its now seasoned and tested enough to govern leader Andrea Horwath.
Horwath kicked off her party’s campaign with a rally in her hometown of Hamilton this April 29th – that following the release two weeks earlier of the NDP’s platform for the province’s future.
It is a platform that is detailed and costed out for voters, and all put together, it is also adds up to possibly the most progressive vision for better education, health care, working conditions and environmental protection, and a fairer system of user fees and taxation than any platform that has ever been rolled out by a mainstream political party in Ontario.
In the six weeks we have left before Ontarians go to the polls, Niagara At Large will be posting more news and commentary on all the parties, including the Greens.
We will also be posting commentary on why, in our view, for more years of Wynne at the helm, or four years of Ford, would be a disaster for this province and for people of all ages, from young people who would see more of their future despoiled and spent away, to seniors who, for the price of tax cuts and (as Ford says it) “putting more money in your pockets,” will see even more of the vital health and other services aging generations need gutted or privatized, with the cost of the services jacked up for profit.
And now, here is the Ontario NDP’s news release on Horwath’s April 29th rally in Hamilton –
Hamilton, Ontario – An enthusiastic crowd of people from across the province came together in Andrea Horwath’s hometown of Hamilton this past Sunday (April 30th) to join the NDP Leader as she launched the party’s campaign to bring change for the better to Ontario families — the largest campaign the NDP has ever run in Ontario.
“I love Ontario,” said Horwath. “And there’s so much more we can do to make sure everyone in this great province can build their best life here.
“The Liberals and Kathleen Wynne had 15 years, and instead of making life better, they made cuts in our hospitals and they sold off Hydro One,” said Horwath.
“And Doug Ford is planning to do even more damage. He has vowed to privatize everything he can — our health care, and every other service we count on are at risk. He’s promised to cut billions of dollars from our hospitals, our children’s classrooms and our job-creating programs.
“Ontarians have made it clear that they want change — they want a new premier — but everyday people in Ontario can’t afford Doug Ford’s cuts and privatization when it comes to health care and the services we count on.”
Horwath said her campaign will focus on five major priorities:
Provide drug and dental coverage for all Ontarians
End hallway medicine and fix seniors care
Cut hydro bills 30 per cent by bringing Hydro One back into public hands
Take on student debt by converting loans to grants and creating thousands of student co-op jobs
Protect middle class families by having the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations pay their fair share
Horwath released the NDP’s complete and fully-costed platform in April. On Sunday she was officially nominated as the NDP candidate for Hamilton Centre — now, she’ll campaign throughout the province until the June 7 election.
“Ontarians don’t have to settle for a bad premier or one that would be worse. It’s time to replace cynicism with hope,” said Horwath. “We can stop the painfully long waits in health care. We can make life more affordable for families — including affordable hydro and affordable child care.
“I’m running to be the next premier of this great province, because it’s time not only for change in Ontario – but change for the better.”
To read a piece Niagara At Large posted earlier this April detailing the Ontario NDP’s ‘vision for our future’ election platform, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/04/16/ontario-npd-leader-lays-out-vision-for-a-healthier-more-affordable-life-for-all/ .
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