The Ontario election is this week and over the course of the campaign each of the parties has done its best to pitch itself to voters.
If you’re a younger person who isn’t all that interested in politics though you may have had trouble keeping track of what each party has promised though.
If that’s the case consider this your quick guide to what each party as promising in the upcoming June 7th, 2018 Ontario election.
PC: Doug Ford's website doesn't have a specific plan for tackling the issue but it does say "We're going to make Ontario's tax system fairer for low-income households by making sure that minimum wage workers pay no income tax."
Liberal: According to Kathleen Wynne's website the liberal plan, "protects tenants from exorbitant rent hikes and unfair landlord practices, invests in affordable housing and helps reduce transit, auto insurance and hydro costs."
NDP: Andrea Horwarth's site says "the NDP have committed to funding the province’s one-third share of repairing social housing across Ontario, with the municipal and federal governments contributing their one-third shares as well."
5. Health Care
PC: Doug Ford promises he will "end hallway health care by creating 15,000 new long-term care beds over the next 5 years and adding $3.8 billion in new support for mental health, addictions and housing."
Liberal: Part of the Liberal's plan includes making "more than 4,400 prescription drugs available free of charge to everyone 65 and over who is OHIP insured, starting on August 1, 2019", which expands on the current youth prescription drug program.
NDP: The NDP have promised to give everyone both universal dental care and prescription drugs as well.
4. The Economy
PC: Doug Ford has promised tax cuts to help stimulate growth in the economy. This would result in about $5.76 billion lost in revenue to the government though
Liberal: The Liberals are proposing that the government increase spending by $20 billion dollars to help grow the economy. However that means the government running a deficit of at least $6.5 billion for the next 4 years.
NDP: The NDP has released a spending plan for the next 5 years, beginning with $5.4 billion in the first year and increasing to $15.8 billion in year five of the plan. They suggest paying for all this with tax increases.
PC: Part of Doug Ford's plan includes money for subways and relief lines on Toronto's TTC, as well as two-way GO Transit service to Niagara Falls.
Liberal: The Liberals have promised to at least partially fund a relief line on Toronto's subway, as well as lower the cost of GO fares in the city to $3.
NDP: Part of the NDP plan is to provide year-round GO Transit service between Toronto and Niagara, as well as help the city pay for a downtown relief line on the TTC.
PC: Doug Ford's plan of action on his website does not mention anything having to do with lowering or raising the cost of tuition in Ontario.
Liberal: The Liberals would make it easier to get a student loan and help people and contribute "thousands of dollars more in aid from the Ontario Student Assistance Program by reducing the minimum parental contribution required."
NDP: The NDP would get rid of charging interest on student loans.
PC: Doug Ford has made statements about opening up the market for Marijuana to stores not owned by the provincial government.
Liberals: The Liberals are committed to opening government run cannabis stores when marijuana becomes legal in Canada
NDP: The NDP are also in favour with having government run Marijuana stores.
So there's a quick look at some of the issues. We urge you to look at each of the leader's websites before voting to help make your choice.
Doug Ford website