Ontario Liberals Launch 2011 Platform

A Plan To Meet Ontario's Challenges - "Forward. Together"

TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty has launched the next chapter of the Ontario Liberal Plan to strengthen Ontario, and his party's election platform for the upcoming October 6th election.

"What we've achieved together with Ontarians in the past eight years is nothing short of amazing," McGuinty said, "We've gone from the longest surgical wait times in Canada to the shortest; our schools have been named the best in the English-speaking world, and our economy is creating jobs faster than the rest of Canada combined.  But we have to keep getting stronger."

The platform, entitled, "Forward. Together." is a plan to meet the 21st century challenges facing Ontario families as the world emerges from the global recession.

Featuring just 45 new, cost-effective commitments to help Ontario families stay on track, the Liberal platform offers a stark contrast to the 229 uncosted promises in the PC platform and the 119 so far in the NDP platform.

Some of the key elements of the plan include:

  • A drive to completely implement North America's first, full-day kindergarten program by 2014, followed by provincewide after-school programs for children aged 6-12;
  • A new tuition grant for full-time undergraduate students from lower and middle income families that will save $1600 per student in university and $730 per student in college, annually.
  • Increasing postsecondary attainment by adding 60,000 new spaces including three new undergraduate satellite campuses;
  • Helping seniors stay healthy at home, with a seniors' healthy home renovation tax credit for things like ramps and walk-in baths;
  • Returning house calls for the frail and elderly and providing an additional three million hours of homecare from personal support workers;
  • Creating 50,000 new, clean-energy jobs through Ontario's world-leading FIT program; and
  • Reducing electricity bills by 10% through the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.

"These are uncertain times for the global economy.  These are challenging times for our families.  This is our plan to help.  This is our way forward, together," the Premier concluded.

The full platform is available at www.theontarioway.ca.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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