Ontario Liberal Platform Builds on Plan for Care and Opportunity

Platform Continues To Build A Fairer, Better, More Affordable Ontario

May 26, 2018
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ONTARIO — The Ontario Liberals released their full election platform today, introducing new actions that a re-elected Liberal government will take to build on the plan for care and opportunity presented in the 2018 Budget.

As an anchor to these new plans and to support ongoing fiscal sustainability, the Ontario Liberal platform includes a commitment to introduce legislation that will lower Ontario’s debt. When Ontario beats its own fiscal projections, as we have done in each of the last four years, this legislation will require 100 per cent of those unspent dollars to go towards reducing the debt. 

In 2014, Ontario Liberals were elected to build Ontario up. After four years of doing just that, and achieving the best streak of economic growth since the 1990s, new actions in the Ontario Liberal platform that build on the plan for care and opportunity will:

  • Continue the fight for a fair and affordable housing market by:
    • Tightening rental market rules to stop unfair renovictions
    • Curbing the use of inappropriate above-guideline rent increases due to capital repairs 
    • Prohibiting above-guideline rent increases in buildings with outstanding work orders related to pest control
  • Continue to help more workers have the retirement security they deserve by:
    • Supporting the creation of portable pension plans that stay with a worker from one job to the next
    • Removing barriers that prevent existing successful private and public sector pension plans from offering their services to more people, so that all workers can join a strong, secure workplace pension plan
    • Standing up for retirees to get them the benefits they were promised, even in the event of a bankruptcy
  • Step up environmental protections to keep our air and water clean and our people healthy by:
    • Expanding the Greenbelt
    • Prioritizing every community's right to water by making the moratorium on new or expanded water bottling permanent, provided, by the end of 2018, this approach is supported by science
    • Requiring that 85 per cent of all single-use plastic bottles be recycled
    • Requiring online and on-label disclosure of toxic substances and chemicals in key consumer products, such as household cleaning products, baby products and cosmetics, starting in 2020
  • Continue to make life more affordable by:
    • Eliminating geographic discrimination in auto insurance
    • Reducing transit fares for most trips that transfer between municipal transit systems and reducing GO train fares within the City of Toronto and on most trips along the Lakeshore East and West Lines
    • Creating an independent gasoline watchdog to protect consumers and ensure fair pricing across Ontario 

The new actions outlined in the Ontario Liberal platform are supported by the fiscal plan presented in the 2018 Budget and do not add any new costs. They build on the plan for care and opportunity that expands publicly funded prescription drugs to one-in-two people in Ontario, builds a record amount of transit, boosts hospital funding, makes the largest mental health investment in Canadian history, helps more people go to college or university with publicly funded tuition and lets more parents go back to work by funding preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten. 

By listening to people’s needs and choosing to invest in care and opportunity, Ontario Liberals will run a modest deficit of less than one per cent of GDP and have charted a responsible path back to balance. To support ongoing fiscal sustainability, the Ontario Liberal platform includes a commitment to introduce legislation that will tackle Ontario’s debt. When Ontario beats its own fiscal projections, as we have done in each of the last four years, this legislation will require 100 per cent of those unspent dollars to go towards reducing the debt. 

Doug Ford has not presented a coherent or costed fiscal plan — or any plan. His series of one-off spending and revenue reduction announcements will do nothing to help every day families get ahead and add up to billions in cuts to our schools, hospitals and transit projects.

Ontario’s economy is growing stronger and cleaner, but that growth and the care and services it funds are at risk this election. The NDP Platform is riddled with errors and job-killing taxes on business. They still have not fixed the mistake pointed out to them nearly two weeks ago — where they accidentally wiped out billions in programs they supposedly support.

QUOTES

“There is only one party in this election with a credible, costed plan to continue building Ontario up. Ontario Liberals have been listening to the real challenges in people’s lives. We have taken real steps to ease those burdens. We have made mistakes, but the positive change we’ve delivered is real. And that’s how I know we can do better.” 

—Premier Kathleen Wynne

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario’s interest-paid-on-debt expense is now 8 cents for every dollar of revenue — almost half of what it was in 2000
  • Since 2013, Ontario Liberals have improved on budget projections by an average of $2.8 billion every year, reducing the debt by $13.9 billion
  • Ontario Liberals have built the leanest government in Canada, with per capita program spending that is the lowest in the country and services, such as surgery wait times, that are routinely ranked among the best
  • Two-thirds of Ontario’s workers do not participate in a workplace pension plan. About three-quarters of younger workers — aged 25 to 34 — do not participate in a workplace pension plan

 

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