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:
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.
“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
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