Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

October 01, 2007 20:44 ET

Hampton to 'Vote Out Poverty' Supporters: NDP Committed to Ending Poverty

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2007) - Speaking at the Vote Out Poverty event in Toronto, Ontario NDP Leader Howard Hampton outlined the action the NDP will take to reduce poverty in Ontario and his support for a comprehensive strategy to reduce poverty by 25% over five years.

"Under the McGuinty government the gap between wealthy Ontarians and everyday families has been growing each day," said Hampton. "Thousands of hardworking families are being forced to choose between paying the rent or feeding their kids."

The NDP's comprehensive strategy to reduce poverty and make life more affordable for all Ontarians includes immediately raising the minimum wage for the 1.2 million hard-working Ontarians who make less than $10 an hour. The NDP is also committed to:

- making quality, affordable childcare accessible to those children and families who need it and invest $800 million to establish Junior and Senor Kindergarten;

- building 7,000 units of affordable housing a year, plus supportive housing and seniors housing;

- rent controls to protect tenants from sky-rocketing rents;

- ending McGuinty's clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement that takes $1,500 a child away from low-income families;

- increasing social assistance benefits;

- ending McGuinty's unfair Health Tax entirely for everyone earning less than $48,000; and

- creating the Ontario Smiles program to provide dental check-ups, fillings, extractions and emergency care to children and those who do not have dental coverage.

"Raising the minimum wage to $10 immediately is one of the easiest, fastest things we can do that would make a real difference in the lives of hardworking families trying to get by on minimum wage," said Hampton.

Hampton said an NDP government would sit down with the women and men most directly affected by poverty - lower and moderate income families and the groups and professionals who work with them - to define real targets and develop a strategy to meet that exact goal.

"We are a privileged and wealthy province. We can eliminate poverty in Ontario, and the NDP will not stop fighting until we do," said Hampton.

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