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Ontario NDP: readers talk party promises

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Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath delivered her campaign platform Thursday. (Canadian Press)

Unveiling her party platform Thursday, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath said Ontario deserves "a government that makes sense."

Among a mix of new and previously announced pledges centred on "fundamentals for families," the party platform includes raising corporate tax rates, slashing auto insurance rates, scrapping interest on student loans and freezing university tuition.


The CBC News Community weighed in on the party platform. Below is a sampling of your responses.

Some readers were pleased with the party platform, even saying it swayed their vote ahead of the June 12 election. 

"Sounds like the most responsible, and inclusive platform yet. NDP are getting my vote this time around," wrote Guy Ladouche

"Raise corporate taxes? Help fix the student loan 'perpetual debt' issue? Assessing pipelines and giving credit to long-term caregivers? Excellent," wrote Sara Patrick-Pringle on the CBC News Facebook page.

"So far this is the only platform that makes sense. Never voted NDP but I think this time I will. She is addressing the major social problems facing this province. She has yet to put her foot in her mouth like the others. If the PCs win, it will be a total disaster for this province. I mean for the 98 per cent of us who have to work for a living," wrote Goodstorey

"For this election, that solidifies my vote and confidence in the NDP. They will get my vote," Dan Radinovic wrote on the CBC News Facebook page.

"Short of an overnight movement which results in a legislature made up of independents, Horwath is looking more and more like the most credible candidate. That's not an endorsement. As a lifelong conservative voter (not this time), it kills me to say that," wrote GeorgeWashingtonsGhost.

Other readers, while somewhat content with the party platform, took issue with certain components, including the savings and accountability minister.

"Sounds not bad other than the minister of accountability. That's just more bureaucracy. You would think that they are all big enough to police themselves when it comes to spending. There's probably a course somewhere that teaches that subject," wrote mo

"I like the NDP's platform on social services but I'm disappointed that she did not offer more 'belt-tightening' and 'income-generating' strategies to tackle Ontario's debt problem. I don't want another spendthrift government under the current economic climate," wrote SarahinTO.

"If I were to list 100 issues that matter to me, auto insurance would not make the cut to be on that list," wrote Semi Retired

"Forget cutting auto insurance rates. Give us public insurance like they have in Quebec, B.C., Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Enough of the insurance brokers in Ontario that gouge people, and then never pay out," wrote AlyssaMohino.

Others were not convinced, writing they feel there is no viable option among the three major parties.

"We absolutely deserve a government that makes sense. Sadly, none of the parties currently have that option on the table," wrote jimharnock.

"Sorry but Horwath turned down a progressive budget that even her union base liked just for a chance at political gain. That's not working in the best interests of regular Ontarians. It's working in the best interests of Andrea Horwath. Last time we had an NDP government we had ridiculous debt and Rae Days," wrote Jim Pratt on the CBC News Facebook page.

"Andrea fails to note any planned reduction in government waste. Not a single mention of refining government bureaucracies," wrote savant1

Thank you, as always, for your contributions to the discussion. What do you think of the NDP's platform? If you're an Ontarian, how might it affect you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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