NDP platform pledges $142 M in five key areas

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The NDP is making five major promises on issues it plans to tackle in its first year in office — if it is elected as the next provincial government on Oct. 11.

New Democrat Party Leader Lorraine Michael unveiled her party’s election platform at the Battery Hotel in St. John’s earlier this afternoon.

She said the party’s five pledges are to meet the province’s health care needs, make life more affordable, support seniors, give children an early start and make sure working people get a “fair deal.”

Under each of those headings is a series of related promises including a publicaly funded and administered home-care program, the elimination of the “tax on tax” on gasoline and diesel fuel, give seniors who live in their own homes $250 a year to pay for snowclearing and to begin the introduction of full-day kindergarten at the province’s public schools.

The party says its new promises will cost $142 million.

To pay for them, the NDP says it can find $74 million through efficiencies in current program spending and will raise the additional $68 million by introducing a three per cent petroleum royalty surcharge on oil companies.

Full story in Wednesday’s Telegram.

Organizations: NDP, Battery Hotel

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  • WH
    September 21, 2011 - 07:56

    KD - did you read the article? No tax increase on the middel class - a tax cut in fact (gas tax). The extra $ comes from the oil companies - and given that they`ll only be here for as long as it takes to suck the place dry, I figure the more we can get from them before they use it all up the better.

  • cookie
    September 20, 2011 - 16:32

    KD............i choose not to work but not sure who i voting for yet........keep them tax dollars rolling in so i can collect

  • Watcher
    September 20, 2011 - 14:33

    And watch the provincial debt skyrocket if, god forbid, the NDP form the next government.

    • Steven Hall
      September 21, 2011 - 10:16

      That's getting a little old. One only has to look at how Conservative governments both here and abroad have made debts skyrocket under their watches (of course wars, prisons, and tax cuts for the wealthy don' come cheap).

  • Douggie
    September 20, 2011 - 14:22

    But... but.. the oil companies! ) : Won't someone pleeease think of the poor oil companies? Why are they always the first to suffer?

    • Janine
      September 20, 2011 - 18:24

      Douggie, the oil companies don't suffer , they are wealthy and corrupt !

  • KD
    September 20, 2011 - 14:02

    It seems all the people who choose not to work for a living will be voting ndp this time with the leader vowing to take more money from the middle class to pay for the hundreds of millions she plans to dole out to these people with regards to the gas tax now everyone pays when the tax is eliminated someone will have to pay just another personal tax increase for those of us who do work

    • Celeste L.
      September 21, 2011 - 05:44

      Yeah, those seniors and kindergarten kids are a bunch of idle layabouts. They're out there every weekday on the golf courses. Send them to the workhouses! As for the unemployed, don't they know there are jobs out there (in Mexico)?