Mar 17, 2018
By Christine Ross
Ontario’s NDP has promised Canada’s first universal pharmacare plan if elected. It would cover prescription drugs and dental care. Andrea Horwath unveiled her bold 5-point plan at a campaign style event in downtown Toronto Saturday. The drug plan would cover everyone, not just for those under 25 like the current Liberal plan. The NDP platform also includes improved care for seniors, a promise to de-privatize Hydro One, convert provincial students loans to grants and increase corporate tax. She didn’t give any details on how an NDP government would pay for the promises but said more details will be made available on Monday at Queen’s Park. The NDP leader has criticized new PC leader Doug Ford and his plans for government cuts but speaking with Libby Znaimer this week on Fight Back on Zoomer Radio, Ford said health and dental are priorities for his party. Ontario’s provincial election is set for June 7. The Liberals deliver the Throne Speech on Monday. Premier Kathleen Wynn issued a statement after the NDP event, saying she welcomes a number of the ideas put forward by the NDP, especially those to help seniors. Wynne said her government will outline her party’s plans for investment in healthcare, homecare, and childcare during Monday’s throne speech.