A News Release from the Campaign of Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
Posted May 22nd, 2018 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Foreword Message to NAL readers – Before we run with the Ontario NDP media release, here are a few lines from a CBC news report that appeared online around shortly after noon this May 22nd …
The Ontario election campaign isn’t even two weeks old and already everything has changed.
From a wide double-digit lead in the polls, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are now ahead by only four points in the CBC’s Ontario Poll Tracker.
Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats, meanwhile, have made gains in poll after poll — and according to two recent polls may have moved into an effective tie with the PCs.
The Poll Tracker, an aggregation of all publicly available polling data, puts the PCs at 37.9 per cent support, with the NDP behind at 33.8 per cent. That represents a gain of over seven points for the New Democrats since the last pre-campaign update.
Those gains have come from both the PCs and the Liberals. The two parties have slipped three points each since the beginning of the campaign, with Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals now down to 23 per cent. The Greens under Mike Schreiner stand at four per cent support in the Poll Tracker, largely unchanged.)
Now back to the NDP news release –
More than 1,000 rally for Horwath and hope in Brampton
Brampton, Ontario — Andrea Horwath told a crowd of more than 1,000 who joined her in Brampton this Monday, May 21st that change for the better is on its way – which is why so many Ontarians are feeling a new sense of hope.
“Ontarians see that drug and dental coverage for everyone is possible,” said Horwath. “They see that we can have shorter waits for the health care we need. And that we can make life more affordable for people.
“And they see someone willing to say to the very richest people – those making $220,000 or more – that they’re going to be asked to pitch in a little more to get it done. The change for the better we all need is possible – and more and more people believe that. Together, we can make this happen. Change is on its way.”
Horwath said her vision for Ontario is different from Doug Ford’s, giving Ontarians a clear choice between two very different directions for the province.
“Doug Ford wants to cut billions of dollars from health care so he can give away billions in tax breaks to the wealthy,” she said. “The richest corporations will get $5 billion in giveaways. The biggest six-figure earners will get over $1,100 each from Doug Ford. And what do the majority of Ontarians get? Just $18 a year.
“That’s the reality of Mr. Ford’s income tax cut for the majority of Ontarians. $18, in exchange for their hospitals and public services. That’s just insulting.”
Horwath’s fully-costed platform – Change for the Better – includes a number of priorities, including:
- Drug and dental coverage for everyone
- Eliminating student debt by converting loans to grants and creating thousands of student jobs
- Ending hallway medicine and fixing seniors care
- Protecting middle class families by having the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations pay their fair share – a one-percentage point increase for those individuals earning more than $220,000 and a two-percentage point increase for those earning more than $300,000
- Cutting electricity bills by 30 per cent by bringing Hydro One back into public hands
The NDP’s fully costed platform can be found at Ontariondp.ca/platform .
(A Notee to NAL readers – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is scheduled to be on CBC Radio’s Noon Hour phone in – on 99.1 FM at 12 noon – this Thursday, May 24th. Tune in!)
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