Several people have asked why the NDP were so active here at The Citizen during the Federal Election in May yet they are almost non-existent here now. I have been told that the Federal and Provincial NDP are completely different, even though some of the players are the same.
I ‘m not the only one who has noticed that Atinuke doesn’t seem to have the support that Susan Galvao did in May. On Saturday several people stopped into our office, which is across from Cambridge Farmer’s Market, and made remarks about Atinuke campaigning alone at market.
This is currently the only article on either pertinent to Cambridge.
The NDP is proud of their leader, Andrea Horwath, and so are many, many people who live in Cambridge and this province. After all she polled as the leader more Ontarians wanted as a guest at their BBQ,
It appears that the local Liberals are afaid of the success of Atinuke Bankole as she has vigorously campaigned in the riding. She is out every day at the doors meeting the people. She is at festivals, neighbourhood meetings and events where people gather. Atinuke knows that too many families are left to fend for themselves when they need help the most.
For every step forward (establishing the Ontario Child Benefit, implementing full-day learning, temporarily increasing minimum wage) they have taken a step backwards (reducing basic social assistance rates, cutting the Back to School and Winter Clothing Allowances, gutting the special diet allowance, starving child care centres, and freezing the minimum wage).
The NDP voted against many of the items stated in the news release because they didn’t go far enough to help families.
The NDP will increase the minimum wage to $11/hour and indexing it to the cost of living.
The NDP will follow through with the recommendations of the Commission for the Review on Social Assistance.
The NDP will increase OW and ODSP rates to keep up with inflation.
The NDP will increase the work-Related Benefit for all ODSP recipients with employment earnings and end the clawback on the first $300 a month of earnings for ODSP recipients who take a job.
The NDP will freeze child care fees and keep spaces open.
The NDP will make hoousing more affordable by implementing a new housing benefit for low-income tenants who pay unaffordable rents This will help nearly 200,00 Ontarians
The NDP will create an emergency care dental program for unemployed and working poor adults.
The NDP will reduce school reliance on parents fees and fundraising.
The NDP will end the practice of charging fees for courses in Ontario High Schools.
This is only a snap shot of our platform and it shows the committment of the party to put families first. In this election-its your choice. You can choose the same old parties who give breaks to the well-connected while your family is struggling to make ends meet. Instead of voting out of fear, you can vote for the kind of positive change Ontarion needs now.
Andrea Horwath and the New Democrats – the change Ontario needs now.
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