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.