WATCH: NDP platform promises new spending and claims new revenue and savings

Party releases plan three weeks into campaign

NDP leader Andrea Horwath released her party's election campaign platform on Thursday
Photo: Katie Franzios/NEWSTALK 1010

The NDP call it a "Plan That Makes Sense." The party released it's 11-page platform today outlining $1.8 billion in new spending in its first year in government leading up to $2.8 billion in 2017-18. 

But it counters that with new revenue and savings, vowing to balance the budget by 2017-18. The party says it can get a $842 million surplus by then.

The NDP has a different approach in tackling traffic. While echoing a Liberal promise of a 10-year, $29 billion public transit fund, the party also wants to widen a 60km stretch of highway each year.

The highway project would cost $250 million a year for four years, with half of that construction in Northern Ontario.

The NDP also wants to boost public transit investment by $250 million annually for priority transit projects like the Downtown Relief Line in Toronto and year-round GO train service to the Niagara area. They would hike corporate taxes to pay for transit.

Leader Andrea Horwath also wants to spend $40 million to buy 200 more snow plies and sand trucks for the roads.

The NDP will give a $1,275 Caregiver tax credit to help those who are primary caregivers to families caring for sick or elderly loved ones. They also vow to eliminate wait lists for long-term care beds and put in place a five-day homecare waittime guarantee.

The party has vowed to take HST off of home hydro bills - saving the average family $120 each year. They have also committed to their 2013 budget demand to lower car insurance rates by 15 per cent, with plans to make how your rate is set more transparent.

The platform says it would give the Ontario Energy Board the power to minimize impact on rising natural gas prices, preventing what it calls "unfair price increases."

The NDP want to freeze post-secondary tuition costs to 2014 levels and keep in place the Liberals 30 per cent tuition grant which some are eligible.

They also want to hire 1,000 more gym teachers to get your kids moving.

When it comes to pensions, the party wants to expand the Canada Pension Plan. However, if after next year's federal election they see that's not possible, Ontario's NDP will look into a provincial pension plan.

The party claims a new Minister of Savings and Accountability could save up to $600 million annually.

A contingency fund has been built into the platform each year, hovering around $800-$900 million each year. The party says it can use it for deficit or debt repayment if need be.

As Premier, Horwath would rejig promised budget funding in the education and healthcare sectors, as well as jobs programs, claiming savings of $935 million in her first year in government.

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  1. Dean posted on 05/22/2014 10:38 AM
    Additional spending, when we're already billions in debt and hardworking Ontario citizens are already being taxed to death? I don't know why Horwath is even running, she clearly doesn't want to lead and doesn't have a clue how to do it.

    The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier!
    1. Sonny posted on 05/22/2014 10:55 AM
      @Dean If you were taxed to death you would be dead!
      The plan does make sense. Under Hudak we would pay taxes for less service delivery so Corporations could get a 30% tax cut when we are among the lowest in N.A.
  2. ToddK_2 posted on 05/22/2014 10:53 AM
    Every penny they earmarked and\or surpluses will go to the Unions in this province just like it always does. Why else does dedicated transit funding disappear for the last 30 years.
    1. Sonny posted on 05/22/2014 10:57 AM
      @ToddK_2 The NDs were going to fund & build 4 subways until a Con named Harris came along in 1995; when Hudak was first on the Public teat.
    2. Frankie posted on 05/22/2014 11:09 AM
      @Sonny How long has Harris been out of office?????
      You conveniently forget the Liberals have been in power for ELEVEN years during which time they could have easily provided funding and reversed downloading.

      Whenever Libs or NDP have nothing useful to say they always mention Mike Harris.

      Apparently Harris is responsible for WWII, global warming, kidnapping in Nigeria of the schoolgirls.

      What else do you people want to blame Harris for?
    3. Sonny posted on 05/22/2014 11:16 AM
      @Frankie For filing in the hole where a subway was going to be built on Eglinton; a street that bi sects the City of Toronto. Plus he made millions being on the board of Magna; a company that make money from cars...
  3. Walter posted on 05/22/2014 11:04 AM
    The NDP has moved to the right (but are still left of centre), while the Liberals have moved left. The question is; are the Liberals irrelevant? They are simply a corrupt version of the NDP.
    I see no thinking person supporting the Liberals - this should be a left right battle between NDP and PC.
    1. AC posted on 05/22/2014 12:29 PM
      @Walter except it won't.
      it will be probably a Lib minority again with Hudak out of work this time around
    2. Angry Bill posted on 05/22/2014 02:25 PM
      @AC Hudak shoulda been out of work last time around. Because he wasn't, now we're most likely going to be stuck with another fiberal minority government, which means an ever increasing downward spiral down the toilet.

      Good job, voters. Good job.
    3. Dean posted on 05/22/2014 02:29 PM
      @Angry Bill Alternatively, you nay-sayers can actually read the Million Jobs Plan, see how it's going to benefit you and the rest of Ontario, and vote PC on June 12. It's the only way forward for Ontario.
  4. Leon posted on 05/22/2014 01:20 PM
    The only plan that makes sense being presented in this election is Tim Hudak's Million Jobs Plan. Everything else just means more debt with nothing to show for it.
  5. john posted on 05/22/2014 01:33 PM
    sounds good but giving there track record chances are it will not happen . just like the liberals . all talk no action
  6. Ernie posted on 05/22/2014 03:45 PM
    an NDP majority would be awesome for business. the Canadian dollar would drop 20 cents within 2 weeks of her being elected, making our exports a bargain. Go for it!
  7. Ernie posted on 05/22/2014 03:46 PM
    an NDP majority would be awesome for business. the Canadian dollar would drop 20 cents within 2 weeks of her being elected, making our exports a bargain. Go for it!
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