Ontario NDP promises pharmacare, dental benefits for all

Ontario NDP promises pharmacare, dental benefits for all

Ontario NDP promises pharmacare, dental benefits for all

TORONTO -- Ontario's New Democrat leader unveiled parts of her platform at a campaign event on Saturday, saying the party would deprivatize Hydro One and offer universal pharma and dental care for all Ontarians if elected.

Andrea Horwath said the party would also focus on lowering wait times health-care services, raise taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Ontarians and convert student loans to grants.

The five policy points were part of a preview of the party's full campaign platform, which Horwath said would be delivered in the coming weeks.

"We are going to run the biggest campaign the NDP has ever run in Ontario," Horwath told supporters at the Toronto event. "It will show everyone why we are running, and why we are running to win."

Horwath said the party would also hold the federal government accountable for Indigenous rights issues, pointing to the lack of clean drinking water in some Ontario First Nations communities.

The NDP plan, which also promised increased support for transit and affordable housing, starkly contrasts plans outlined by newly elected PC leader Doug Ford, who promised $6 billion cuts to public spending.

"(Ford) says he'll 'leave no stone unturned' in his hunt to privatize what belongs to the people of Ontario," said Horwath. "Cutting jobs and services, selling off our public assets, that's not change."

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