During the federal election Annie at PhD in Parenting had great coverage of the party platforms. I decided to review the PC, NDP, Liberal and Green party platforms for the provincial election. I will mostly focus on their commitments to the environment, green energy, transportation, food and healthcare but I will also give the top highlights of other parts of their platforms. I also interviewed candidates from across the Province and will post their perspectives on their parties platforms.
The Progressive Conservative platform is called the Change Book and it outlines their commitment to health care, education, taxes, business, transparency in government and the environment.
* 100% of hunting and fishing license revenue will be dedicated to conservation
* Investment of $10 million in Ontario Parks to make them even more enjoyable and accessible
* Increase funding to expand land acquisition for the Bruce Trail
* Cancellation of the eco taxes on items like batteries and light bulbs
* Complete the closure of coal powered plants by 2014. Use sites for natural gas or biomass
* Focus on natural gas, hydroelectric, and nuclear for power generation
* Remove the provincial portion of the HST on hydro and the cost of home heating
* Unplug mandatory smart meters and allow families to decide if they want time-of-use pricing
* Implement a Buy Ontario food policy
* Invest more than $35 billion to pay for new infrastructure (transit and transportation)
* Eliminate the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)
* Make ER wait times available in real time through Telehealth and online
* Increase annual investments in health care by more than $6 billion by the end of the first term
Addition Commitments include
* Continue to roll out full day daycare
* Reduce business tax to 10%
* Lowering income taxes by 5% on the first $75,000 of taxable income
* Change the tax system to allow all couples to share up to $50,000 of their income
* End the foreign scholarship program and reinvest those funds in Ontario students instead
* Create up to 60,000 post-secondary spaces in Ontario
I reached out to several PC candidates for interviews and did not hear back from any of them so I am unable to provide their perspective on the Change Book.
What do you think about the PC platform? Have you read the Change Book? What are your thoughts?