Ontario Election 2022: Highway 7, Mental Health and Green Party Platform Unveiled

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Where are the leaders today:

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Conservative Leader Doug Ford: Ford began his day in Kitchener, announcing his party’s plan if re-elected to build a new Highway 7 between that city, Waterloo and Guelph. He had planned campaign stops for the rest of the day in Cambridge, London North Centre, ChathamKent–Leamingtonand Windsor–Tecumseh.

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Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca: Del Duca picked Scarborough–Guildwood for a morning announcement about his party’s pledge to add $3 billion in funding for mental health and addictions services. His day was due to continue at the Unionville GO station in Markham, talking about his party’s transit commitment, before moving on to a nearby meeting with small business owners, then an evening meet and greet with supporters in St. Catharines.

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath: Horwath was in Paris, Ont., Thursday morning, in the riding of Brantford–Brant, to announce details of his party’s proposed universal mental health care plan. She then went to a community health center in Elgin–Middlesex–London to mark International Nurses Day by thanking some of them. Later, she had an appointment with volunteers working on NDP candidate Ron LeClair’s campaign in Essex.

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Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner: Schreiner unveiled his party’s costed platform Thursday morning in Toronto’s University–Rosedale riding, alongside his party’s deputy leaders and other area Green candidates. His next plan was to meet with the editorial board of the Toronto Star and end his day with a town hall of the candidates in his home riding of Guelph.

The platform has six key priority areas, with pledges for each: “homes, not highways,” including pledges to build 1.5 million homes and freeze urban borders; “mental health is health”; the “new climate economy”, which would include an annual carbon budget to reach net zero by 2045; “respect for people,” such as doubling ODSP rates; “reinvesting in health and education” through, among other things, an investment of $1.6 billion in home care; and “protecting nature”.

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Liberals reject two candidates

Candidate nominations close Thursday afternoon and the Liberals are now down two bodies after controversies over the candidates.

On Wednesday, the media described a self-published book by Parry Sound-Muskoka candidate Barry Stanley containing scientifically baseless views on homosexuality.

A party spokeswoman said Stanley did not disclose the existence of his book to the party’s verification team.

Next, the NDP unearthed comments Chatham-Kent-Leamington Liberal candidate Alec Mazurek made on Facebook using a gay slur, leading the party to sever its Liberal affiliation on Thursday morning.

It proved a distraction from the message the party wanted to focus on Thursday morning – their plan to train more than 3,000 new mental health and addictions workers, a third of whom would be dedicated to at-risk youth, and the staffing of emergency rooms and 911 services with mental health responders.

Ford backs Lecce after apology for fraternity ‘slave auction’

The Progressive Conservative leader says his candidate Stephen Lecce has his full backing, a day after Lecce apologized following a report about a so-called slave auction while he was leading a fraternity at the university.

Ford says Lecce acknowledged it was inappropriate, apologized and was a strong advocate for tackling racism in schools during his time as education minister.

PressProgress, a news outlet founded and funded by the Broadbent Institute, published an article Tuesday night alleging that while Lecce was a student at Western University, he participated in a 2006 event dubbed a “slave auction.” to Sigma Chi, which has no formal affiliation with Western.

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Lecce said in a statement that he apologizes “unreservedly” and will advance the interests of all Ontarians, regardless of religion, heritage, orientation or race.

Read the full Canadian Press article here.

Stipends from MPP, PC to give WSIB jobs, no more GO train service to London

As Thursday wore on, Ford changed his party’s plan to move the headquarters of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) from Toronto to London, creating jobs, and Invest $160 million to improve GO rail service between London and Toronto.

While the NDP spent part of the morning promoting its commitment to giving all Ontarians public access to psychotherapy, it also found time to call PC MPs who received allowances from their riding associations. local to reimburse them.

After the NDP revealed earlier in the week that Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod received a PC riding association allowance totaling more than $44,000 over three years, Global News found that seven other MLAs PC had received such allowances for the past four years.

While Ford said he had been assured that all rules had been followed, according to Global’s information on Thursday, he also said he “wasn’t too happy” when he learned of the benefit situation. and that the party would tighten election finance laws if it returns. elected.

The NDP, meanwhile, has proposed banning the practice.

With files from The Canadian Press


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