NDP’s 2014 Platform: What’s the Plan for Food and Farming?

With just less than 3 weeks until the Provincial election is set to take place, last week, the New Democratic Party (NDP), led by Andrea Horwath, released their 2014 platform. In it, five (5) main goals have been outlined, under which specific plans are being proposed.

Here are the five main goals including some of their plans:

1. Respect your tax dollars and invest responsibly-

  • Save $600 million with a Minister of Savings and Accountability
  • Stop corporate tax giveaways and close tax loopholes
  • Toughen up rules on government partisan advertising
  • Appoint a Financial Accountability Office to stop waste before it happens

2. Reward job creators and get Ontario moving again-

  • Reward businesses that create jobs with a Job Creation Tax Credit
  • Cut the Small Business Tax Gradually to 3%
  • Prioritize high impact transit projects
  • Commit to widen 60 km of highways across Ontario every year

3.  Take HST off hydro and make life more affordable –

  • Take the HST off home hydro bills
  • Reduce auto insurance by 15%
  • Freeze post-secondary tuition and make student loans interest-free
  • Prevent unfair price increases for natural gas consumers

4. Cut ER wait times in half and make healthcare a priority

  • Open new 24-hour Family Health Clinics
  • Support families caring for the ill or elderly with a Caregiver Tax Credit
  • Eliminate the waitlist for acute long-term care beds
  • Hire more nurse practitioners to treat and discharge
    patients in ERs

5. Keep schools open and foster healthy communities

  • Bring back physical education teachers and keep children healthy and active
  • Create an “Open Schools” fund to prevent school closures and extend after-hour programs
  • Invest in student nutrition programs so children begin with a healthy start
  • Conduct an Environmental Assessment of pipeline projects that impact our communities

 

Two of these plans that are directly related to food and farming have been highlighted:

1. Bring back physical education teachers and keep children healthy and active –

The platform states that the party plans to invest in physical education and health initiatives. This includes “hiring up to 1,000 new health and physical education teachers by the end of their mandate.”

And,

2. Student nutrition programs investment-

As it pertains to student nutrition, the NDP has also stated that their plan will invest an “additional $15 million per year in student nutrition and local food initiatives, with the aim of promoting healthy eating and provide nutritious breakfasts and lunches.”

 

For a comprehensive look at the NDP’s platform, you can visit the NDP’s website.

Does this platform coincide with your vision for the future of healthy and local food and farming in Ontario? Let us know your thoughts.

For a summary of other Parties’ Platforms: Green Party of Ontario, Ontario Liberal Party, Ontario Progressive Conservatives

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