On Monday night at the annual general meeting of the York-South Weston NDP, special guest speaker, Party leader Andrea Horwath outlined the major planks of her platform for the upcoming June 7th provincial election.
In his introduction to Ms. Horwath, York South-Weston riding nominee Faisal Hassan described her as an incredibly strong, passionate woman and a champion for working families who is working hard to build a brighter future for all Ontarians.
Ms Horwath went on to outline what an NDP government will do if elected.
- Bring Hydro back into public ownership and lower bills.
- Expand affordable not for profit quality child care (currently over $2000 monthly in Toronto).
- Expand minimum wage to everyone (e.g. restaurant servers)
- Make it easier to form unions
- Make temporary workers permanent after 3 months
- Match funds with the Federal and City governments for social housing repairs and maintenance
- Give all Ontarians access to free prescription drugs
- End the layoffs of workers
- Fund healthcare to cover inflation and take care of the unique needs in each community.
- Make sure healthcare funding matches population growth
- Stop school closings – schools will become vibrant, well-funded community hubs
- Combat anti-black racism through re-innstituting the Anti-Black Racism Secretariat (an earlier version of today’s Anti-Racism Directorate) and fight all forms of discrimination and hate.
- Reduce our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions in a way that’s fair and not costly to the poor – make polluters pay.
- Ensure that indigenous people are able to have a decent life.