Factbox-Leading candidates, policy promises in Canada’s Ontario election -Breaking
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford talks as he tours the Honda Canada Manufacturing plant in Alliston (Ontario, Canada), March 16th, 2022. REUTERS/Cole Burston
(Reuters) – Ontario will host an election in June 2. The incumbent Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford is favored by the polls.
His main rivals are Andrea Horwath from the New Democrat Party, and Steven Del Duca from the Liberal party.
Abacus Data’s Monday poll showed Ford might win 35% of votes, slightly ahead of Del Duca (28%) and Horwath (24%), respectively.
Below are some statements and promises from the campaign of these main candidates:
Ford (57) was elected to the powerhouse in 2018 ending 15 years Liberal rule in Ontario.
Ford committed to building 1.5 million homes in Ontario over the next ten years to address high property prices. Ford will pledge to cut provincial gasoline and fuel taxes six months after he wins in order to soften inflation’s impact.
Ford’s government if elected would expand the eligibility for and increase the amount of a family tax credit for low income families. The minimum wage has been raised to C$15.50 per hour ($12.07), by Ford’s government. This increase will be effective Oct 1.
Ford has also promised to significantly invest in infrastructure. This includes to expand hospital capacities and to improve rail and road transport.
STEVEN DEL DUCA
Liberal Del Duca is 48 and running for Ontario Premier. Under his leadership, Ontario will be “a place where to grow”.
Ford’s highway infrastructure funds would be repurposed by Del Duca to pay C$10 billion (7.8 billion) for schools construction and repairs. He also pledges to reduce public transit fares by C$1 across the province and increase the standard of living through the construction of more houses, raising the minimum wage up to C$16 per hour, as well as restoring rent control, which was discontinued in 2018.
Horwath is a 59-year old representative of the largest opposition party in this legislature. The party’s slogan is “They broke it. We’ll fix it.” It plans to tackle the housing crisis by creating an annual speculation tax and vacancy tax for residential properties.
She is running for the office of provincial leader the fourth time.
Horwath claims she would end Ford’s highway infrastructure projects and freeze Ford’s taxes on low- and medium-income families. Horwath also promises to increase the minimum wage to $20 by 2026.
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