Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 26, 2007 15:26 ET

Hampton: NDP Making Life More Affordable for Working Women and Their Families

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2007) - NDP Leader Howard Hampton says Dalton McGuinty's broken promises have made it harder for working women and their families to make ends meet. Speaking at the campaign office of Peter Tabuns (Toronto-Danforth), Hampton used freezing transit fares as one example of how the NDP's Six Key Commitments will make life more affordable for working families living in big cities like Toronto.

"Working families are being squeezed, they're working harder and longer just to make ends meet," said Hampton. "Everyday expenses just keep going up, from your subway token to get to work, to escalating tuition, rent and property taxes. It's time urban families got a break"

Riding Toronto's public transit system costs the average rider $123 more since Dalton McGuinty has been premier. The NDP would freeze transit fares and have the province take over half of Toronto's transit funding. Hampton also says he would make transit more convenient by fast-tracking public transit expansion - including new investments in light rail and GO Transit.

"While Dalton McGuinty announces and re-announces public transit routes that will never be built, the NDP is committing to practical, doable solutions that will make an immediate difference to working women and men," said Hampton.

The NDP is committed to making life more affordable for working families in urban areas like Toronto by:

- immediately raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour;

- a $450 health tax rebate for individuals and $900 for two-income families;

- uploading costs to the province so cities aren't relying on high property taxes to pay for social programs;

- putting physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and eye exams back in the public health care system so families don't have to pay out-of-pocket for much-needed health care services;

- putting an end to parents having to fundraise for school essentials; and

- investing in affordable housing

"Dalton McGuinty has chosen to put himself and his friends first with his $40,000 pay raise, and $400 million tax break for banks and insurance companies," said Hampton. "Working women and their families can count on the NDP to put them first by taking practical steps to make their lives more affordable."

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