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NDP Platform

On April 6 the Globe and Mail published a summarized list of the NDP Party platform released on their official website. The following is the article as published.

The Economy

Education

On the NDP website, the party lists accessible education as a top priority

Health

  • Hire 1,200 doctors and train thousands of nurses over the next 10 years. Part of this includes establishing a fund to lure 300 Canadian doctors currently working abroad to come home
  • An $80-million investment to upgrade medical schools, support doctors in remote areas and forgive student loans for medical professionals who practice family medicine for at least 10 years
  • The party’s website also lists improving homecare and making prescription medicines more affordable as key priorities

Defence

  • End pension reductions for retired and disabled veterans
  • Restore an income-security insurance plan for former members of the Forces
  • Help veterans move to construction and building trades

Seniors

  • Increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement by 0-million
  • Give up to three years of the GIS retroactively to seniors who qualified for the benefit but did not apply for it right when they turned 65 – an increase from the current 11 months. oule CPP and QPP payouts from 25 per cent to 50 per cent of pre-retirement income, increasing the monthly benefits to a maximum of $1,817 from $908
  • Double CPP and QPP payouts from 25 per cent to 50 per cent of pre-retirement income, increasing the monthly benefits to a maximum of $1,817 from $908.

Families

The party’s website also gives a general idea of other family-related policies that may be in the works. Here’s what it has pledged to do:

  • Improve EI to make it easier for families to care for aging loved ones
  • Reduce the cost of everyday essentials like home heating
  • Ensure that every family takes home more of every paycheque

Immigration

NDP have not yet released immigration policies as part of their platform.

The Environment

  • Cut federal subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, amounting to about $2-billion a year, and redirect that money to renewable energy such as solar, wind, tidal and geothermal sources
  • Establish a training fund for jobs in the ‘green energy economy’