Congratulations to Bob Bailey and Monte McNaughton for their re-election as Members of Provincial Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton and Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.

Thank-you to all of the candidates for running and demonstrating your passion for democracy and commitment to representing us in provincial parliament.

 

Stay tuned for information on the 2018 municipal elections.

 

 

VOTER RESOURCES

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ELECTION ISSUES 

Solutions for Ontario – Chamber’s policy recommendations

Vote Prosperity – Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s election platform

Member Survey – response deadline May 25

Sample questions to ask candidates

 

 

 

PARTY PLATFORM HIGHLIGHTS

Green Party 

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

 

Scroll down for a comparison of these party platforms

 

 

 

THE CANDIDATES (in alphabetical order)

 

Andy Bruziewicz, Trillium Party of Ontario

Email  andybruziewicz@trilliumpartyontario.ca

Profile trilliumontario.ca/candidates/andy-bruziewicz/

Facebook andy.bruziewicz

Trillium Party website

 

Bob Bailey, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario – Elected

Email: bob.bailey@pc.ola.org

Profile https://www.ontariopc.ca/bob_bailey

Facebook BobBaileySarniaLambton

Twitter @bobbaileypc

Ontario PC website

 

 

Kathy Alexander, New Democratic Party of Ontario

Email kathy.alexander@ontariondp.ca

Profile kathyalexander.ontariondp.ca/

Facebook KathyNDP

Ontario NDP website

 

Kevin Shaw, Green Party of Ontario

Email kevinshaw@gpo.ca

Profile gpo.ca/candidate/kevin-shaw/

Website http://votekevinshaw.ca

Facebook KevinShawforSarniaLambtonMPP

Twitter https://twitter.com/Kev__Shaw

Ontario Green Party website

 

Fanina Kodre, Century Party of Ontario

Email info@ontario.centurypartyofcanada.com 

Profile ontario.centurypartyofcanada.com/about-us-2.html

Website Facebook Sarnia-Lambton-Century-Party-of-Ontario

Century Party website

 

 

Neil Wereley, Liberal Party of Ontario

Profile http://neilwereley.ca/biography?l=EN

Website http://neilwereley.ca/

Facebook NeilWereleySL 

Twitter @VoteNeilWereley

Ontario Liberal Party website https://www.ontarioliberal.ca/ 

 

PLATFORM COMPARISON

 

Taxes / Fiscal Policy

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party
Lower payroll taxes on small businesses and non-profits by increasing the exemption level for the Employer Health Tax (EHT) from $450,000 to $1 million in payroll for businesses and organizations with payrolls under $5 million.

 

Increase the Corporate Income Tax (CIT) by 1 percent.

Plan for budget deficits until 2024-25, when the Budget will be balanced.

 

The Party expects to see a surplus in 2025-26.

Increase the corporate income tax to 13% up from the present 11.5% over 2 years.

 

Increase the income tax rate among the top earners in the province by raising the tax on amounts earned over $220,000 by one percentage point, and on earnings over $300,000 by two percentage points.

 

Continue the Education Tax Reduction Plan, adjusted to equalize rates, and will review the way the tax works.

 

Crack down on excessive public sector executive compensation.

 

Re-examine the Employer Health Tax.

 

Starting in 2019–20, businesses with payrolls over $3 million will no longer qualify for small business exemptions and beginning in 2021–22, small business exemptions will be available only to businesses with payrolls below $1.5 million.

 

Use deficit spending to finance their platform over the next five-year term.

Balance the Budget on a “responsible” timeframe.

 

Energy and Electricity

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

Cancel the Fair Hydro Plan and save the province $21 to $69 billion.

 

Close the Pickering Nuclear Station in 2018 and purchase power from Quebec.  Replace nuclear rebuilds with water power, which they estimate will save another billion dollars per year.

 

Push for a $4.18 billion, four-year Green Building and Business Program which will provide grants and interest-free loans to help homeowners, renters, and businesses invest in energy efficiency and conservation.

 

$1.1 billion for Green Building and Business Program.

 

Develop a long-term energy plan for Ontario which includes plans to power Ontario with 100 percent renewable energy.

 

Independent public review of the costs and availability of all energy sources to best meet Ontario’s needs, while also meeting Ontario’s greenhouse gas pollution targets.

Reduce electricity bills by 30 % and put Hydro One back into public hands.

 

Remove mandatory time-of-use charges, capping private profit margins

 

Ensure rural users pay the same delivery costs and exempt First Nations communities from delivery charges

 

Seek to end the over-supply and cancelling/renegotiating bad private contracts

 

Make expanding natural gas access to rural communities a priority.

 

Scrap the Green Energy Act.

 

Declare a moratorium on new energy contracts.

 

Cut residential, agriculture, and small business electricity rates by 12 percent by:

 

·         Returning Hydro One dividend payments to taxpayers (estimated cost: $300-400 million per year).

 

·         Paying for conservation programs out of general government revenue rather than electricity bills (estimated cost: $433 million per year).

 

·         Cancelling energy contracts that are in the pre-construction phase and re-negotiating other contracts.

 

Stabilize industrial hydro rates through a package of reforms.

 

Remove the board of Hydro One and its CEO as well as lower salaries at Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One.

 

Jobs and Economic Growth

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

Redirect the $3.1 billion per year in existing business support programs to target cleantech innovation, advanced manufacturing, and bio-products. Add $100 million to the Eastern Ontario Development Fund and the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund over the next 10 years.

 

Partner with businesses in select sectors to increase their productivity and competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing, information and communications technology, life sciences, cleantech, forestry, and food and beverages.

 

$50 million Transformative Technology Partnerships Fund to support AI, 5G wireless communications, advanced computing and autonomous vehicles.

 

Add $85 million over 10 years to the Venture Technologies Fund and increase investment in the New Economy Fund by $500 million over 10 years.

 

Increase Ontario’s two R&D tax credits to encourage investment and commercialization.

 

Develop a strategy to help Ontario firms protect and leverage their intellectual property.

 

Will “stand up” for Ontario on trade, expand and diversity trade opportunities, respond to New York State’s Buy American legislation.

 

Review, “in consultation with the business community”, the Arthur Wishart Act franchise legislation.

 

$26 million for the Main Street Revitalization Initiative to help rural communities attract tourism.

Create a stream within the Jobs and Prosperity Fund to promote manufacturing research and development. Cut regulations that hamper job creation and economic growth.

 

Reduce the Small Business Tax rate by 8.7 percent, lower the Corporate Income Tax to 10.5 percent (from 11.5 percent), and similarly reduce the manufacturing and processing rate.

 

Reducing the small business tax will cost $60 million per year starting in year two, while reducing the other business taxes will cost $1.3 billion starting in year two.

 

Cancel the Jobs and Prosperity Fund (estimated savings of $270 million per year).

 

Maintain the current level of Regional Economic Development Funds funding.

Improve access to apprenticeships and reform the foreign credential recognition process.

 

Introduce a minimum-wage tax credit so individuals earning the minimum wage pay no tax, at an estimated cost of $558 million per year.

 

Increase the agriculture sector Risk Management Program cap by $50 million annually, starting in year three.

 

Health Care

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

$822 million more hospital funding in 2018-19

 

Remove the deductible or co-payment for seniors’ prescriptions.

 

Introduce an Ontario Drug and Dental Program in 2019 to reimburse individuals for 80 percent of prescription drug and dental costs (up to set limits).

 

Add $2.1 billion to the current mental health and addiction care spend over the next four years.

 

$650 million in home care over the next three years

 

30,000 new long-term care beds over the next 10 years.

 

Continue to invest in telemedicine and virtual care.

 

Maintain current nursing staffing levels but hire more nurses.

Every employer will be mandated to provide dental benefits that meet a minimum standard of care. Estimated cost of $575 million.

 

Introduce a pharmacare program that covers 125 “essential” medicines and then expand to universal pharmacare by 2020. The estimated cost is $475 million.

 

Increase hospital funding by 5.3 percent, with an additional $916 million investment.

 

Ensure annual funding for hospitals will be at or above inflation, and reflect population growth and aging

 

$19 billion over 10 years into hospital capital expansion;

 

Create 2,000 new hospital beds

 

End arbitrary caps on surgeries to shorten wait times.

 

Create 40,000 more long-term care beds, including 15,000 new beds over the next five years;

 

Set standards to ensure each long-term care resident is offered a minimum of four hours of dedicated care per day;

 

Hold a public inquiry into long-term care.

 

Update the Long-Term Care Residents’ Bill of Rights to give couples the right to stay together.

 

Establish a Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions;

 

Hire 2,600 new mental health care workers;

 

Build 30,000 new supportive housing units;

 

Invest $590 million to cut children’s mental health waits to a 30-day maximum; and

 

Invest $100 million in Ontario’s Dementia Strategy.

 

Eliminate the home care wait list;

 

$30 million in community care and open 35 new Community Health Centres by 2025;

 

End front-line healthcare staff layoffs;

 

Provide complete coverage for take-home cancer drugs;

 

Guarantee no cuts or closures of women’s health centres and add 360 midwives; and

 

Eliminate wait times for palliative and end-of-life care.

$3.8 billion for mental health and addictions supports over 10 years (a cost which they assume will be shared with the federal government)

 

Dental coverage for low-income seniors at an estimated cost of $98 million.

 

Build 15,000 long-term care beds over five years and 30,000 hospital beds over 10 years. The Party calculates that the cost per bed, per year, will be $62,000 (assuming capital costs are amortized over the duration of the bed’s lifetime).

 

Labour and Employment Law

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

Increase the minimum wage to $15 on January 1, 2019, with future annual increases at the rate of inflation.

 

Mandate equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual or seasonal workers doing the same job as full-time employees; mandate equal pay for temporary help agency employees doing the same job as employees at the agencies’ clients.

 

Expand personal emergency leave to 10 days per calendar year, two of which are paid.

 

Increase minimum vacation time to three weeks after five years with the same employer.

 

Allow an employee to take up to 17 weeks of leave, including five paid days, when the worker or their child has experienced or is threatened with domestic or sexual violence.

 

Ban employers from requiring a physician’s sick note from an employee taking personal emergency leave.

 

Require employees to be paid for three hours of work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours of its scheduled start time.

 

Establish card-based union certification for industries with “vulnerable” workforces.

 

Create an Occupational Disease Response Plan

 

Review exclusions in Workplace Safety and Insurance Board coverage; guarantee injured workers’ benefits keep pace with the cost of living; introduce new working-at-heights regulations and a construction safety health and action plan.

 

Implement the Pay Transparency Act.

 

Strike a task force to review the federal government’s second parent leave policy and identify ways to build on it.

 

Require employers to offer at least three weeks paid vacation.

 

Increase the minimum wage to $15/hour for everyone, including students and restaurant workers.

 

Put in place card-based union certification and first-contract arbitration.

 

Transportation and Infrastructure

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

Increase funding for public transit infrastructure by $1 to $1.5 billion per year. The cost is to be paid $3.9 billion per year of congestion charges, parking levies and land value taxes.

 

Dedicate 5% of the transportation budget for walking and cycling infrastructure.

Natural gas – focus on serving Northern communities.

 

Broadband – Invest an additional $500 million over three years to expand broadband connectivity in rural and northern communities.

 

Expand GO Service, invest in Toronto transit lines and reduce GTHA transit fares

 

$11 billion to build a high-speed rail line between Toronto and Windsor.

 

$140 million to improve cycling infrastructure.

 

Build and upgrade highways across the province.

 

Increase Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund funding to $300 million by 2018-19.

 

Increase annual funding to the Connecting Links Program to $30 million.

 

Northern Transportation: $490 million for rail infrastructure plus $206 million for general transportation. Build year-round access to Ring of Fire and start in 2019.

$100 million in natural gas expansion to rural Ontario.

 

10-year $1 billion fund for bringing broadband service to rural and Northern communities, while also lobbying the federal government to match it.

 

Fund 50% of net transit operating costs across Ontario by investing more than $330 million in Toronto and over $800 million across the province.

 

Two-way all-day GO service and electrification of GO networks.

 

Fund and build the Downtown Toronto Relief Line and build Hamilton’s Light Rail Train.

 

$1 billion to take immediate action on the Ring of Fire, including collaborating with Northern communities and First Nations to begin building infrastructure. They support bringing smelting and ferrochrome processing to Northern Ontario

 

Implement a Northern Rail Strategy.

 

Direct Metrolinx to coordinate services with GO train and VIA Rail services.

 

$180 billion in infrastructure with a focus on public-only projects instead of public-private partnerships.

 

Expand Community Benefits Agreements, to all infrastructure projects. These agreements prioritize experience for Ontario apprentices and set standards for efficiency and climate-resilient construction.

Expand natural gas distribution to rural communities with private sector help

 

Invest the assumed $100 million in savings in cellular and broadband infrastructure expansion.

 

Two-way, all-day GO service, and new projects across Southern Ontario while maintaining current funding.

 

Upload responsibility for all of Toronto’s subway infrastructure and projects to the Province.

 

Explore potential for high-speed rail and highway projects.

 

Cut the aviation fuel tax for the North, at a cost of $11 million per year.

 

Reinstate passenger rail service to the North, at a cost of $45 million for refurbishment and operating costs.

 

 

Skills and Workforce Development

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

Expand the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, which allows grade 11 and 12 students to work toward becoming certified journeypersons while completing their high school diploma.

 

$170 million investment over three years in the new Ontario Apprenticeship Strategy.

 

A Graduated Apprenticeship Grant for employers to hire new apprentices, with additional incentives to hire underrepresented groups.

 

$63 million for an Ontario Training Bank, to create short-term training options for workers who want to upgrade their skills with those in-demand from employers.

 

Increased investments in the Ontario Bridge Training Program.

 

$132 million over the next three years in post-secondary programming with employers, including experiential learning opportunities.

 

Develop a plan to increase the number of graduates in STEM fields by 25 percent.

 

Create 27,000 new work-integrated learning opportunities for Ontario students and double the Career Kick-Start Program.

 

Spend $57 million from the Jobs and Prosperity Fund to create opportunities in the trades including bringing more women and minority groups into the skilled trades.

 

Place a moratorium on school closures.

 

Agriculture

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

Support the agri-food sector, including the supply management system and agricultural exports under a new NAFTA.

 

Promise to lobby the federal government to provide assistance to businesses and workers impacted by new trade agreements.

 

Renew a 10-year agreement with the University of Guelph that invests $700 million in agri-food education and research.

 

Spend $120 million over the next three years on the food and beverage industry.

 

Develop a new strategy to grow the beverage alcohol sector.

 

Climate Change

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

Continue to implement the Climate Change Action Plan, which includes the cap and trade system.

 

$20 million over three years to launch a Climate Change Resiliency Organization to help businesses and municipalities make “climate-informed” decisions.

 

$2.3 billion in green infrastructure projects such as wastewater infrastructure upgrades.

 

Undertake a province-wide risk assessment to inform a comprehensive climate adaptation strategy, and work with financial regulators to create a “climate-resilient” financial system.

 

Government Accountability & Customer Service

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

Improve customer service in government through new online platforms.

 

They will introduce an online driver’s licence and modernize services for licence renewal.

 

Launch MobileOntario vans to bring ServiceOntario to underserved communities.

 

Create a government-wide performance dashboard for services.

 

Create a 24/7 Office of Customer Service with a Quick Response Commitment.

Launch an independent commission of inquiry, at the cost of $1 million, with a mandate to examine the deficit. This will include an independent audit of the Province’s finances, to be released publicly.

 

Reinstate the Auditor General’s authority to approve government advertising.

 

Prevent government agencies, boards, and commissions from purchasing tickets/tables to political events.

 

Institute a single-window access for approvals with a one-year deadline.

 

Centralize government purchasing.

 

Conduct a value-for-money audit of every government program.

 

Environment

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

Expand the Greenbelt through the investment of $200 million over four years to pay farmers to protect water and store carbon.

 

Introduce legislation to permanently protect prime farmland and source water regions.

 

Raise water-taking fees on a revenue-neutral basis to a level that recovers costs for sustainable water management programs, services, and science.

Continue with cap and trade and dedicate 25 % of its revenues to support Northern, rural and low-income Ontarians.

 

Dedicate $50 million in cap and trade revenues to seed the creation of a new no-interest/on-bill home-efficiency retrofit program, to help residents install energy conserving technologies and improve the energy efficiency of their home.

End the cap and trade system and challenge any attempt by the federal government to impose a carbon tax, including at the Supreme Court.

 

PC Party estimates that ending cap and trade will cost $1.9 billion per year, which they intend to offset by eliminating the funds collected from previous auctions.

 

The cost of challenging the federal government is estimated to be $30 million over 4 years.

 

Invest in new, emissions-reducing technology in Ontario.

 

$500 million in spending for environmental initiatives such as:

  • Enforce air quality programs and protect waterways.
  • Hire more conservation officers to improve enforcement of “major polluters”.
  • Commit resources to reduce litter.

 

Resource revenue sharing for Northern and Indigenous communities, from mining, forestry, and aggregate activity, at an estimated cost of $30 million per year starting in year two.

 

Social Services

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

Invest an additional $3.4 billion in 2018-2019 to increase social assistance rates to the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) pilot.

 

By 2021-2022, the Green Party will invest an additional $6.4 billion per year to phase in a basic income guarantee at the low-income cut-off measure.

 

The full program phase-in will be paid for by raising taxes on the largest corporations by 0.5 percent, increasing the income tax rate of the top one percent of income earners by one percent, and implementing a housing speculation tax.

 

Housing

Green Party

Liberal Party

New Democratic Party

Progressive Conservative Party

Require new housing developments to have a minimum of 20 percent affordable homes

 

$200 million additional funding for shelters, social, co-op, and supportive housing.

 

Push for innovative solutions such as “tiny homes”, laneway housing, co-housing, and secondary suites.

 

Tighten rules in favour of tenants, including those related to “renovictions” and above-guideline rent increases due to capital repairs.

 

Prohibit above-guideline rent increases in buildings with outstanding work orders related to pest control.

 

Work with stakeholders to enable small-scale residential intensification that would allow homeowners to build multi-unit projects on their land.

 

Urge the federal government to address the differing tax treatment of rental construction compared to condo development.

 

Build 65,000 new affordable homes over the next decade. They will also make rentals more affordable by introducing new legislation to include:

 

  • Effective, reasonable, predictable rent controls;
  • A rental registry, so tenants can know previous costs charged by a landlord;
  • Protection for renters who pay their rent and abide by their agreements;
  • Updated rules to recognize changing rental markets; and
  • Guarantees that rent will remain affordable in the long term, while continuing to spur investments in new, purpose-built rentals.

 

Require a certain number of affordable homes within new housing developments.

Preserve rent control for existing tenants.

 

Increase the supply of affordable housing in the GTA while protecting the Greenbelt.