May 23, 2014
By Jane Brown
The Ontario election race is tightening up as the Hudak Progressive Conservatives slip 4 percentage points in voter support. According to a new Ipsos-Reid poll, there is now just a 7 point gap separating first place from third among decided voters. The PC’s are at 35 percent support followed by the Liberals at 31 and the NDP at 28. But the ballot box bonus belongs to the Progressive Conservatives. Forty-one percent of P.C. voters say nothing short of an emergency could stop them from getting to the polling station. That commitment is at 30 percent among Liberal supporters and 26 percent from those voters who back the New Democrats.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath unveiled her party’s campaign platform yesterday. Her commitments include an increase to the corporate tax rate and a $1275 family caregiver tax credit to help seniors live at home for as long as possible.
Susan Eng, Vice President of Advocacy for CARP – A New Vision of Aging, says she like that idea because it would be refundable and “that’s a critical difference from the federal tax credit because people who have to leave work to look after a loved one will be able to benefit and that is very good. And (Horwath) also talked about a home care guarantee of a 5 day wait only and to build some long term care beds.”
Eng says CARP members are also in support of the Liberal’s Made In Ontario pension plan and would like to see the other party leaders engage in a conversation about retirement funding.
Listen to the full interview with Susan Eng and Zoomer Radio’s Jane Brown: