Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 20, 2007 20:48 ET

Ontario's NDP: Hampton True Champion of Working Families in Leaders' Debate

Hampton offers solutions, while Dalton ducks record

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2007) - Ontario NDP Leader Howard Hampton proved to be a true champion of working families at tonight's Leaders' Debate by challenging Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty on his record of broken promises and offering real, positive ideas that would make life better and more affordable for everyday Ontarians.

In the defining moment of the debate, Hampton challenged Dalton McGuinty to answer for his regressive health tax. When he broke his promise not to raise taxes, Mr. McGuinty hit average families with a 24% income tax increase.

"Was it fair to give banks and insurance companies a big tax break while you went after a low income mother who's try into raise her kids on $35,000?" asked Hampton. "It's about sharing the load. It's about fairness."

As he has done since before the campaign started, Dalton McGuinty continued to try and duck Hampton's tough questions. He failed to acknowledge or take responsibility for overcrowded classrooms, struggling cities, the crisis in manufacturing jobs, tuition increases, and long emergency wait times and the shortage of family doctors.

"You might want to talk about the Conservative record, but we're here to talk about your record. So far all you're doing is promising to do anything in the future," said Hampton. "Why would anyone believe you with your failure to keep your promises so far?"

While McGuinty played the blame game and John Tory relied on negative attacks, Hampton showed that he is a leader with vision by offering practical, doable, commitments that will make an immediate difference to the day-to-day life of today's working families.

Hampton was the only leader to talk about the real crisis in Ontario's classrooms, while McGuinty and Tory chose to continue their philosophical debate on public versus faith-based school boards.

"Our focus should be improving the neighbourhood school so that all kids get a decent education," said Hampton.

"If we properly funded our schools, if parents weren't forced to fundraise to the tune of half a billion dollars, if rural schools weren't forced to close... more children would be in the public school system."

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