Ontario Election: Leaders tout plans, new and old

This is a collection of stories from The Canadian Press on Ontario Election campaign events. The story headline was written by CFRA News Staff.


Ontario NDP child-care plan light on detail, Horwath doesn't elaborate on sliding scale

TORONTO - Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wouldn't provide details today of what families earning more than $40,000 would pay for child care under her plan for the province.

The NDP is proposing to fully subsidize public, licensed, not-for-profit child care for those lower-income earners if elected next month.

Households earning more than $40,000 would pay an average of $12 a day, but the NDP has not given details about brackets, specific fees or caps.

Horwath was asked several times for those details today, and would only say that it is a sliding scale.

She says the highest-income families in the province will not see a huge break, but families who are struggling to pay their rent and hydro bills need help.

The NDP child-care plan also proposes to increase wages for early childhood educators and add 202,000 new not-for-profit, licensed, affordable child-care spaces.


Doug Ford vows to cut gas prices, but unclear on how revenue would be replaced

OAKVILLE, Ont. - Doug Ford says a Progressive Conservative government would cut gas prices by 10 cents a litre in Ontario, including by reducing the gas tax, but he wasn't clear on how he would replace the lost revenue.

The Tory leader says he would cut the provincial gas tax by 5.7 cents a litre.

He also says he would scrap the province's cap-and-trade system, which puts a price on carbon and has added 4.3 cents a litre to the price of gasoline.

Cap and trade brought in about $2 billion in revenue last year, and the gas tax brought in about $2.7 billion.

When asked how he would make up for the lost revenue, Ford said when drivers have more money in their pockets they will go out and shop, therefore stimulating the economy.

Municipalities receive a share of the gas tax, but the Tories say in a news release that the communities will not see a corresponding decrease in their transfer payments.


Wynne defends Jobs and Prosperity Fund

TORONTO - Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government has the only workable plan to continue growing the economy.

Wynne says the province needs to be on the cutting edge to succeed in the new economy -- and today touted the Jobs and Prosperity Fund that helps companies in the province attract and maintain jobs.

The premier says the Progressive Conservative promise to cut corporate taxes and get rid of the fund is straight out of 1995 -- and history has shown that you can't hand out tax cuts to the rich and assume everyone else will benefit.

She also took aim at the New Democrats -- saying history has also shown that when the N-D-P tries to form a government in Ontario, taxes go up, growth grinds to a halt and unemployment rises.